If you are a European you will probably be puzzled as to why the British are so very much better than you. Listen to the collected words of today's leading British statesmen and you'll learn ...
READING TIME: 12mins
First, know that Britain is a proven friend of Europe, and anyone who suggest otherwise needs only to study history (4). Real history, not those versions of the past designed to belittle Britain (10). Most of Europe's States have shameful histories, but Britain is the only country with no need to apologise for its past (5). It is the oldest, most stable, most successful country on earth (6).
How is it that a small island, an oasis in the desert of the earth, became the true leader of the entire world (7) ?
The British are the inheritors of the great philosophical tradition of empiricism. It holds that all knowledge must be based on solid facts. Europeans have followed lesser philosophers like Hegel, Kant and Plato into believing that ideas matter more than experience. The British place value on honesty, decency, accuracy and care for community, unlike the Europeans who are much less worried by rule-breaking. (8) Even the Chinese are sufficiently cultivated as to look with admiration upon the superior intelligence and moral excellence of the English (9)
The English not only gave Europe its democracy, but the English remain the only true democrats in the world, the only nation of men who are really capable of governing themselves (9). Britain has no common political culture with Europe, no common sense of humour or awareness of each other’s politics, so 'democracy' with Europe is impossible (16). Britain’s history has showed the world what a free people can achieve when they are allowed to govern themselves (10).
What has England achieved? We have suffered a lot, through jolly little wars against barbarous peoples (34) with their strong aboriginal propensity to kill (34) yet our pure stock has always triumphed and we built an Empire like no other. That was the glorious work which God seems to have laid on the English race - to protect the earth and subdue it (11). British rule has been the purest in intention, and the most beneficent ever known to mankind (12) The British Empire has been the greatest instrument for good that the world has ever seen (13), the widest system of organised human freedom which has ever existed in all history (14). We gave these sullen people "half devil and half child (15) " the benefit of our law, railways, roads, health care and education, so that, in due time, they came to understand for themselves the value of freedom. If, having chosen that freedom, they are nowadays defined by violence, racism and division, the fault, as our Foreign Minister has said, is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more (16).
Europe has little to offer by comparison, a conglomeration of petty and unimportant lands (is 'Slovenia' a real place? Is Belgium a real country? (17) ) As our Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain famously taught us, why should we care about far-away nations like the Czechs, filled with people of whom we know nothing (18)? Look at the only vaguely worthwhile European country - France - and see instantly that the English are a much greater people than these – more like one of the chosen people of history, appointed to do a great work for all mankind (19).
Why are The English the best breed in the world? The absence of a too enervating climate, too unclouded skies, and a too luxurious nature has rendered us so superior. (20) It has made us the greatest governing race the world has ever seen, so proud, tenacious, self-confident and determined, the race which neither climate nor change can degenerate, which will infallibly be the predominant force of future history and universal civilization. (21)
England has given Europe everything she has. It was England, alone and unaided, who stood up to the Germans in the 1940s, while the French, Belgians, Dutch and all the other petty powers meekly surrendered to the Nazis. England saved Europe from the Kaiser in the 1900s, from the ludicrous little Corsican corporal in the 1800s and from Russian expansionism. Even now Europe needs the UK as the bulwark of its defence, the rest of the Europe are non-starters in military terms (22). The only other army in Europe is the Nazi Vichy of France (16). No European country has contributed more to the security of the continent than we have, sacrificing some 2 million lives in the past century (3).
What has Europe given us in return? Instead of thanks, instead of respect (23), Europe has flooded us with low-grade people (24), Spaniards, Greeks, Italians, Romanians - who would want to live next door to them (17) ? Many are of low intelligence and little education so that even our very human stock is threatened with degeneration (25). Europeans have brought ruin to our education system and our hospitals.
We must remind Europe that its little protectionist racket (26) is barely fifty years old and has not yet learned that Government is servant, and not master, of the people (25). When England was induced to join in 1972 it was on the promise of an 'equal partnership'. But it has proved far from equal. No country pays more money in - nor gets less out (4) Consider European institutions - Britain has been 'granted' just three, and Europe has kept thirty-nine for itself. Three to thirty-nine, is that equality? Britain has offered to share import quotas 50:50 with Europe, but even that offer of equality has been rejected. Britain has become a mere vassal state of the New Germany, a humiliated rules-taker (16 ) in a Soviet-style prison (27). Being forced to come to agreements with foreigners demeans all the traditions of British identity (10)
Worse, we are not a free-trading nation any more. The easy success and prosperity which Europe has brought has made British companies fat and lazy (7) more fond of the golf-course than of working hard. We need to toughen-up. Outside Europe, Britain holds all the cards (10) because, simply, Europe needs Britain but we don't need them. Getting out can be quick and easy (5), we can have a far better deal with Europe than we have now (32), one of the most easily arranged deals in all human history (7), something done in an afternoon (32).
Free from European blackmail (22) the British people can have their own passports (28), we can tell Europe to 'go whistle' (4) for the money they are trying to steal from us. We can deal freely with the entire world (24), become a truly global player, with world-beating economic competitiveness and broad horizons (29). We can take back control of our fair share of Europe's art and wine (30). As we enter our new age of greatness (31), there is no 'down side' to leaving Europe, only a huge 'upside' (4). Europe always looks to Britain, we can shape Europe from outside (37)
Europe is the past, a backward-looking project (13), it is, after all, just the project of the Nazis (32). Europe is merely the latest empire to threaten our shores, and like all the others, it will fail. (33) And fail it must. The European Union needs to be wholly torn down, it is an obstacle to world peace and is incompatible with a free society (34). Any British person who supports Europe and the European ideal is a traitor to his nation and deserves death (35)
In the end, Europe is weak, and Britain is strong (36). If it means war, so be it. Britain is accustomed to win wars (5)
(I did not write this little essay by myself. It has been constructed entirely out of recent statements by today's mainstream British political leaders including Theresa May (Prime Minister), David Davis (Brexit Secretary), John Redwood, Michael Gove (Justice Minister), Penny Mordaunt, Edward Leigh, Boris Johnson (Foreign Minister), Nigel Farage and Gerard Batten (leaders of the UK in the European Parliament), Liam Fox (Trade Minister), Jeremy Hunt (Foreign Secretary), Jacob Rees Mogg (Trade Minister), Iain Duncan Smith (Work and Pensions Minister), Sir Gerald Howarth (Minister for International Security), Andrea Jenkyns MP, Sir Keith Joseph, Steve Baker, David Campbell Bannerman, and leading commentators like Peter Osborne and Simon Heffer, previous Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain, plus earlier politicians including Lord Curzon, Jan Smuts, John Stuart Mill, Charles Adderley and Joseph Chamberlain. And some historians and poets including Thomas Williams, Charles Kingsley, Rudyard Kipling and the man behind educating most leading British politicians, Thomas Arnold)
1 David Davis, Brexit Secretary, 2016/17
2 Winston Churchill MP, Prime Minister
3 Sir Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy
4 David Davis, MP 2017/18
5 John Redwood, MP 2017/18
6 Penny Mordaunt MP, 2018
7 Liam Fox, MP, Trade Secretary, 2017
8 Peter Osborne, the Daily Telegraph, 2017
9 Thomas Williams, 19th Century historian, from his "The Present Geographical Movement And Future Geographical Distribution Of The Race Of Men", much used in British schools
10 Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Justice 2016/17
11 Charles Kingsley, early 20th Century author and historian
12 John Stuart Mill, 19th Century Philosopher, author of 'On Liberty', still a standard textbook in British politics
13 Lord Curzon, Foreign Secretary, 1904
14 Jan Smuts Prime Minister of South Africa 1948
15 Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936 'England's Poet', Nobel laureate
16 Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary, 2018
17 Nigel Farage, leader of the UK in the European Parliament
18 Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister 1937-1940
19 1839, Thomas Arnold, educationalist, pioneer of the 'Public School' principles which have educated almost all UK prime-ministers
20 Charles Adderley, 1st Baron Norton, MP, President of the Board of Trade, c1815
21 Joseph Chamberlain, MP, Cabinet Minister
22 Jacob Rees Mogg, 2018
23 Theresa May MP, Prime Minister 2018
24 Iain Duncan Smith, MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
25 Sir Keith Joseph, MP, 1977
26 Daniel Kawczynski, MP
27 Jeremy Hunt MP, Foreign Secretary
28 Andrew Rosindell, MP
29 Dominic Raab MP, Brexit Minister
30 Edward Leigh MP
31 Andrea Jenkyns MP
32 Gerard Batten MEP, UK leader in the European Parliament 2018
33 Leave.eu 2016
34 Steve Baker MP, Brexit Minister, 2010/2017
35 David Campbell Bannerman MEP, 24/7/2018
36 Simon Heffer, English historian. Daily Telegraph 1/7/18
37 Rory Stewart MP, 2019
38 Ann Widdecombe MEP 2019