Category Archives: EEC

Lies of the British political class

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 08.17.57Dalrymple explains that in the run-up to the Common Market referendum in 1975, the British government, which was in favour of remaining,

lied to people.

The main argument of those who wished to leave the EEC, Dalrymple reminds us,

was that remaining would destroy British sovereignty and therefore parliamentary democracy.

The government distributed a pamphlet to every household in which it claimed, inter alia:

No important new policy can be decided by Brussels or anywhere else without the consent of a British Minister answerable to a British Government and British Parliament.

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 08.18.34This was, of course, a falsehood. Everyone knew, Dalrymple points out,

that the EEC was never intended to be merely a free-trade area (or rather, customs union), and that it was, from the very first, a political project more than an economic one. The falsity of the claims in the government’s pamphlet was soon evident, but there was no demand for another referendum.

British membership of the EEC thus

continued on a foundation of false promises by British leaders.

Stupidity of the British political class

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 20.23.22Dalrymple reminds us that in the 1975 EEC referendum, Scotland

was considerably less enthusiastic about membership than England.

Scotland, he notes,

had the only two regions to vote against membership — in one case by three-quarters of the vote.

These were areas that had been

economically dependent on fishing, and were very aware that, in an act of stupidity only too frequent among the British post-war political class, Britain had given away, in negotiations to join the EEC, its exclusive rights to fish its own waters.

Britain,

though an island with a very long coastline, now imports twice as much fish as it exports, and catches half of what it caught in 1970.