Vive la France - after rejecting EU constitution
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
Sir, - Anyone at all interested in the rip-tide of history on which the ship
of state is spinning - and our lives with it - will have searched in vain for
anything better than a feeble, superficial analysis of the event that shook the
smug towers of Brussels last Sunday.
All the French media, the French government, and all the senior politicians
of Europe - with the honourable exception of the President of the Czech
Republic, Vaclav Klaus - tried, and failed, to make France vote "oui";
and now that their Humpty-Dumpty has fallen off the wall and smashed, they dare
not examine the wreckage, which is much too revealing.
The most they will venture - beyond a defiant cry of "The ratification
process must continue" - is to dismiss the result as an aberration of "internal
French politics"; but the only truth in this is that the French, having studied
politics and philosophy at school, are an unusually sophisticated electorate,
and know an affront to democracy and sound reasoning when it is thrust down
Like their continental counterparts, the commentators of the British
EU-philiac media scratch their heads and wonder how to avoid explaining the
fact that both Left and Right, in France, voted against this EU constitution.
The explanation is all too simple: the Right hates big government, and the
Left hates big business. The EU, as revealed at last, to the French, by this
constitution, is a combination of big business and big government - the enemy
of free public services and free enterprise. Only a minority of naïve
sentimentalists were starry-eyed about this.
I would like to think that the French also realised that big business plus
big government equals Big Brother, in the Orwellian sense.
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