Ed Miliband is right. You can’t trust the people.
Mr. Miliband is Leader of the Opposition Labour Party in the United Kingdom.
If his party wins the next election and he becomes prime minister, there will not be a referendum on Britain’s EU membership. Mr. Miliband knows that if such a vote took place, it’s likely it would go against the EU.
The present Prime Minister, Conservative David Cameron, has promised a referendum in 2017, if his party wins next year’s election. This does not mean Mr. Cameron actually wants the British people to vote on the issue – he had to commit to keep anti-EU members of his own party happy and to take the wind out of the sails of UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, which is gaining in the polls. UKIP advocates withdrawal from Europe.
The fact is that the ruling elite are not comfortable with referenda, giving the people the opportunity to vote on important issues like their future – do they want to continue a thousand years of freedom and independence, or would they rather surrender that freedom to the emerging European superpower that some have dubbed “the Fourth Reich?” Certainly Germany, not Britain, is the dominant country in the union.
Why would party leaders want to continue EU membership and deny voters the opportunity to express themselves?
The EU is often described as “the gravy train.” The most powerful Eurocrats, including former Labour leader Neil Kinnock and his wife Glynis, have done well out of the Eurocracy, the ruling cabal that runs the EU. Thousands of others have equally benefitted at the expense of the people.
Those in power now know that, when they lose power in the United Kingdom itself, they can look forward to a lucrative “retirement” in the EU.
Besides, many British companies are in favor of continued membership as most of their sales are to other countries in the Union.
And it’s always nice to be able to travel around Europe without any visa or passport restrictions.
Those against an EU vote are in a difficult position right now – while denying the British people the right to express themselves on this crucial issue, they are condemning Russia for giving the people of Crimea an opportunity to determine their future!
There’s something not quite right here.
Of course, Putin knew the way the people would vote, so he did not take any risks. Is it possible that Vladimir Putin is more in touch with the people than the average western leader? Perhaps Ed Miliband and David Cameron should spend more time listening to voters instead of deciding what’s best for them.
The Crimea is now a part of Russia and likely to remain so. Nothing will change that.
But that does not mean nothing has changed.
The US could not really do anything. But the perception of the United States has changed slightly due to this crisis, with the US seen as increasingly impotent. It didn’t start with Crimea – the problem was highlighted last summer when President Obama backed down and did nothing about Syria’s genocide. The president keeps making the mistake of declaring that the US will not use military force, when the best thing is to keep options open, which might make Assad, Putin or anybody else hesitate. As Putin backs Assad, this means Russia has beat America twice in just over six months, which may encourage the Russian leader toward further action.
The EU, much closer to the scene of the crime, couldn’t do much either. Apart from imposing economic sanctions, the EU was also impotent. Surely this will spur the Europeans on to integrate their military forces so that they can thwart any further threat from Russia? A combined European military would be a major military power, easily able to deter Russia and anybody else.
Russia also will suffer as a result of this. It’s highly unlikely the country can remain in the G8, thereby further isolating Moscow; while sanctions will set back the country’s economy.
Nobody has really won, though Russia now rules Crimea again.
I haven’t had much time to read or write this week as we are staying with our eldest daughter and family in the Indianapolis area. The number of children playing around me (and on me) has increased by 300% (from two to six), which still leaves two missing.
It’s been a great week.