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An uncomfortable truth

Why did Prime Minister Brown agree to the EU treaty that will devour Britain's sovereignty and the freedom and happiness of British citizens?

Richard North offers one explanation when he quotes an exchange captured on open mike. I think you will find it shows Mr Brown brown-nosing in the most awful way.

A reader we know only by the name of Kate offered another explanation, which we have heard from others, and which has to do with the continued influence of Socialist thinking on Europeans and some elements of the Labour, LibDem, and Conservative parties -

In 1932 in Copenhagen, Arnold Toynbee is reported to have said of the Fabian Socialists, "If we are frank with ourselves, we shall admit that we are engaged on a deliberate and sustained and concentrated effort to impose limitations upon the sovereignty and the independence of the fifty or sixty local sovereign independent States. . .It is just because we are really attacking the principle of local sovereignty that we keep on protesting our loyalty to it so loudly. . .And at all times we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands, because to impugn the sovereignty of the local national states of the world is still a heresy. . ."

It is also, as Kate observed, High Treason.

Men such as Toynbee looked at all the messes in the world, and decided to blame them on the nation state. It is a stunningly incorrect diagnosis.

They might have looked at Britain or America or Canada or Australia and seen that, despite their problems, these Anglo-American nations had the freest and happiest citizens in the world. Instead the Socialists wanted a one-world order modelled on Soviet tyranny, which they viewed with rose-coloured glasses. They did not want free people making their own decisions, but big governments making their decisions for them.

The European Union was established on this historically false reasoning, but that is not the reason it exists. Optimistic as I am, even I do not believe that a misinformed ideal has carried the EU this far.

The EU is based on brown-nosing, on wanting to be part of an inner circle, on wanting, quite simply, to have a job. It exists because bureaucrats and ministers and MEPs like their jobs, their expense accounts and their pensions.

Their silly, impractical ideas have nothing to do with the real freedom or success of nations. They have nothing to do with what their people say they want. They refuse to allow them to vote on the EU. They say that the EU knows best. They use their grand, global fantasies to feel self-righteous.

The horrible irony is that the further they get from the real wishes of the people and real democracy - ignoring the wishes of their people, who do not want to be part of a superstate - the more likely it is that gangsters will seize the levers of power, and the world will grow even less ideal.

On this day in 1942, during World War II, Churchill observed with some hope, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Fifty years of lies, of concealing their true intentions, have won the Socialists their treaty in Lisbon. This is not the end.