Some of you may have noticed, but I’m not a massive fan of the EU. In fact, I’m generally of the opinion that it’s a woeful waste of time, money, prestige, talent and work.
Oh, and it’s not what anyone signed up for. And it’s not in any way accountable to itself, let alone to its member states. And it’s trying to set in stone things that many member states have no interest in setting in sand.
I could go on, but these opinions are well represented in rants passim, so I’ll concentrate on something else: David Milliband’s fuckwittage.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has suggested the European Union should work towards including Russia, Middle Eastern and North African countries.
And thus, one assumes, ceasing to be called the European Union. Perhaps the Greater Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere. Or, on a longer time-scale, EarthGov.
But he said: “The truth is that the EU has enlarged, remodelled and opened up. It is not and is not going to become a superstate. But neither is it destined to become a superpower.”
Instead he said the EU had the chance to be a “model power” which could develop shared values between countries.
“As a club that countries want to join, it can persuade countries to play by the rules, and set global standards. In the way it dispenses its responsibilities around the world, it can be a role model that others follow.”
Yes, the EU has a lot of values it can share with other nations. It can teach, for example, how to reduce an agricultural industry to absolute dependency on the state. It can teach how to completely remove a government from democratic accountability. It can teach how to supply vast amounts of money to the private bank accounts of leaders and their friends. In short, it can share its wisdom of how to be the antithesis of good governance.
Actually, that might work out. Perhaps the EU is a force for the Greater Good after all. It’s showing all the possible ways to fuck things up, so that other nations can learn what not to do.
Pity it’s sacrificing the sovereignty, economic well being and political freedom of many nations and many hundreds of millions to do it, but then you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs…
So, Mr David Milliband is not only the Foreign Secretary, he’s also an absolute cock when it comes to the EU. Not that we expected anything different, of course.
How could you miss out Eurasia?
Talk about Doublethink, though. To call the EU a “club”…! More like a cult. One with some of the nuttier tendencies.
Ahh I was reading this post thinking that it was shaping up to be a fair, balanced and useful post. That was until I reached the last paragraph.
It was then I realised you hit the nail on the head and it was in fact a deviantly exceptional post! I’m still chuckling wryly cheers.
Tim, obviously you’ve not been reading this too long… Fair, balanced and useful are not the hallmarks of this ‘ere blog. Badly thought out rants are the order of the day…
Chez: Eurasia is referenced in there, but I didn’t think anyone would need a link to get the reference. And with respect to your second paragraph: +1