I seek your indulgence to remind you of this essential piece of history, essential to grasping what is happening to us today. Essential to understand how we find ourselves almost bound by a constitution alien to everything we have respected and stood for during, as Hugh Gaitskell said, a thousand years of our history.
Hegele, the philosophical father of the German constitutional tradition. believed in the State and despised the people - or 'rabble' as he often called them. He wrote and I quote, "The people do not know what they want. To know what one wants is the fruit of profound insight and thus is the very thing that the people lack. We should venerate the State as an earthly divinity".
He explained that only the bureaucrat is the true servant and master of the State. Hegele considered that elected bodies, such as Parliament, were only useful to perfect the process of subordinating the people.
Prussia began to unify the independent nations of Germany in 1834. At that time, they were still independent monarchies. The first step was to create a common market or customs union known as the 'Zollverein' englobing nineteen nations. The people of the various German nations were told that its purpose was to form a large and free trade area. After some armed struggles, the common market was converted, in 1867, into a political confederation.
The peoples were told that this would help to consolidate and to develop that common trading area whilst maintaining substantial independence for the participating nations.
Four years later, in 1867, the trap was closed. The Confederation was expanded and converted into a single German superstate dominated by Prussia.
The Parliament was no more than a democratic-looking front whereas real power was concentrated into the hands of the leading civil servants. The principle of irreversibility was mad absolute. No nation could withdraw from this new German superstate.
Does this remind you of anything? Think!!
First came the Common Market. We, also, were told by Edward Heath and Harold Wilson, that its purpose was to form a large and free trade area. Then we moved on to a grouping of nations and we, also, were promised (again by Ted Heath) that we would retain essential national sovereignty.
Then a European Parliament was established but the real power was concentrated in the hands of the leading civil servants. The principle of irreversibility was introduced prohibiting any nations from leaving the European Union.
We have been led 'sleepwalking' into Europe.
The above was stated before a Conference in Brighton in 1996 by the late Sir James Goldsmith.
The trouble is that all of the above applies, even more so, NOW!!
THE ONLY WAY OUT IS FOR ELECTORS TO SELECT UKIP OR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES IN FUTURE ELECTIONS, WHETHER NATIONAL OR LOCAL.