Nigel Farage’s libertarian UK Independence Party (UKIP) has the support of 26% of UK voters in the elections for European Parliament according to a recent YouGov survey, a strong 9% rise from the result of the 2009 elections, and 3% more than David Cameron’s Conservative Party, which has the support of 23% of voters. Labour is unfortunately still strong at 32%, but the Liberal Democrats can – as always – be safely ignored, getting only 9% of the vote, which would result in them losing all their seats in the European Parliament. I say good riddance.
Over the years the EU has steadily progressed from a loosely knit union for regulating free trade – in itself a complete oxymoron – to a proto-United States of Europe, regulated by complete morons. Career politicians who have not been elected by the public have in turn ignored referendum after referendum and bulldozed through treaty after treaty against the express will of the citizens of the countries they are supposed to represent, all in order to build a great new European empire. In their attempts to unite countries as vastly different as Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain and the UK under a common economic policy they have driven the EU economy into the ground and turned Greece into little more than a protectorate.
These bureaucrats are willing to bankrupt the entire EU to stop even a single country from leaving the Eurozone, going back to its old currency, devaluing it and rebuilding a failed economy free from the fetters of a centralized fiat currency, because they know that if one country leaves, so will another, and yet another. That would be the end of the United States of Europe, and they won’t have it. They don’t care if youth unemployment in Greece is 60%, that more than a quarter of all private businesses in Greece failed within a few short years or that the growing resentment in Greece allowed a neonazi party to get 7% of the vote and 21 seats in parliament. They are willing to go as far as it takes, will of the people be damned, democracy be damned, freedom be damned.
This is why the steadily growing support for UKIP is so encouraging. During his time in the European Parliament Nigel Farage has displayed a ferocity and a fervour in his anti-EU speeches that you can only find in someone who truly believes in the words that are coming out of his mouth – a rare quality in a politician these days. And now more than ever we need a politician who is both honest and ferocious, if this European nightmare is ever going to end.
When I listen to Mr. Farage I can’t help but think of one of my greatest heroes, Thomas Jefferson, and an almost prophetic quote of his:
I see…with the deepest affliction the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the states, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. Take together the decisions of the federal court, the doctrines of the President [John Quincy Adams], and the misconstructions of the Constitutional compact acted on by the legislature of the federal branch, and it is but too evident that the three ruling branches of that department are in combination to strip their colleagues, the state authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.
The solution can – as is so often the case – be found in another of Jefferson’s quotes:
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Mr. Farage, please continue being the shining beacon that can show the UK through the darkness of this totalitarian night the way towards the dawn of a truly free Europe.