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Gwyn Prins and Robert Salisbury recently reported the concerns of a private Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) seminar investigating risk, threat and security in the United Kingdom. The members included Sir Mark Allen, Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, Chris Donnelly, Field Marshal the Lord Inge, Tom Kremer, Lord Leach, Baroness Park of Monmouth, Douglas Slater, General Sir Rupert Smith, and Professor Hew Strachan.

Prins and Salisbury say that "Security is the primary function of the state, for without it there can be no state, and no rule of law”. They suggest that "the confidence and loyalty of the people are the wellspring. . . with which all threats to defence and security are ultimately met". They believe that the British people's confidence has eroded, and consequently institutions meant to preserve safety are deteriorating in frightening ways.

They conclude with a remedy –

We need to remind ourselves of the first principles which govern priorities in liberal democracies. Defence and security must be restored as the first duty of government. The trust and mutual obligations between government, people and the defence forces must be reasserted. Our common understanding of and allegiance to the United Kingdom must be restored. We have a powerful history and a sound constitution, fit for the state’s essential role as the ultimate guarantor of the individual’s safety, freedom and security. Moves are needed to take defence and security, as far as possible, back out of the arena of short-term party politics.

These are reasonable ideas, but I am beginning to wonder about two possibilities that do not seem receptive to remedy – 1) the United Kingdom's political leaders are too incompetent to realize where their ideas of one-way multiculturalism and socialism are leading us, or 2) they do know and they go that way because they do not want the United Kingdom to survive.

These leaders are Socialists. They descend from 19th century Fabian Socialists, and they have been making 'a slow march through the institutions'. Today they are well-trained to destroy the nation states that have defended liberty and replace it with a global utopia that can only be totalitarian because it will not allow the people to be represented and that can only create misery because it is totalitarian.

The nation states of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have not been perfect protectors of liberty, but they have been almost the only protectors of freedom in the world. Their common sense constitutions encouraged local representation and local competence and government accountability, if only the local people were interested enough to be involved, and they were.

All this is fading from the scene. Messianic, transnational planners are determined to guillotine the nations and replace them with self-righteous global authorities run by overfed philosopher kings and queens who have no sense of history, no common sense and no dedication to our freedom.

I spent some time in a place organized along these lines, and I recoiled from its people's bitterness and despair, the fear and envy and hopelessness in their eyes, their unbearable shame at raising children in that prison camp of a country where everyone had health care and no one wanted to live! I have seen what men and women do when they worship the false god of remaking the human race and the lesser gods of five- and ten-year plans. I have seen how rapidly they persuade themselves that because they are doing 'good', their ends may be achieved by any means, and because it is such 'hard' work, they ought to be amply rewarded.

Even the food tasted contaminated in Prague, and I assure you that despite the fact that all guns were in the hands of the government, it was not safe even for an American, for as I sank into my seat and leaned my head against the darkened window of a night train rattling west toward Plzen, a bullet penetrated the glass above my head, causing panic in the carriage. A stray shot probably, but in some ways it was less frightening than the soldiers, the barbed wire, the towers and the interrogators at Czechoslovakia's sealed border.

Britain still seems to be safe and prosperous. We cannot imagine that what happened to the Czechs, the most democratic and affluent people in Central Europe, might happen to us.

The government's refusal to honour the pledge that a referendum would be held on the EU constitution does not bode well.

Thanks to Charlie, who reminded us of the report, and who has thoughtful and more positive things to say.