Alex Salmond’s success in securing a referendum for the Scottish people reinforces the point that UKIP must stick to its guns and make no deals or electoral pacts with the Tories or any other party, writes Gerard Batten MEP
•It’s outrageous that Mr Cameron concedes to the Scots a straight in-out referendum on their membership of the United Kingdom while the rest of us are told that we will not be given a straight choice on membership of the European Union.
If Mr Cameron had any principles or backbone, he’d give the English, Welsh and Northern Irish a say on the same day as the Scots. We too should be allowed to decide whether or not we want Scotland to stay in the UK. And while we’re there, why not give all of us a say on remaining part of the European Union?
Alex Salmond’s success in securing a referendum for the Scottish people reinforces the point that UKIP must stick to its guns and make no deals or electoral pacts with the Tories or any other party.
Much as UKIP disagrees with the Scottish National Party’s policies we should follow their example and relentlessly pursue our policy of withdrawal from the EU without compromise.
Less than Noble
The Nobel Peace has sunk even lower in public estimation by being awarded to the European Union. It was hard enough to take seriously a peace prize previously awarded to Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, and Barak Obama (for what exactly?). The latest award brings the prize down the level of the Roman Senate when Caligula made his horse a Senator.
The Committee said that the EU had helped transform Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”. This is simply not true. The Second World War ended in 1945. The European Economic Community wasn’t set up until 1957. What actually kept the peace in Europe was NATO, and in particular the military might of the USA and Britain. The restoration of democracy was the second most important factor.
European countries that had their democracy restored after the war, for example France, Germany, Holland etc. kept the peace because it is a truism that democratic countries do not make war on each other. The EU had nothing to do with it.
The failed economic policies of the European Union are now causing suffering and civil disorder across Europe, as we can see in Greece and Spain; that that disorder may spread to other countries as the economic crisis worsens. Spain is now on the verge of disintegration as Catalonia demands its independence and the threat of military force looms from the central government.
The great danger of the European Union is not that it spreads peace but builds up potential conflict. People want democratic government not centralised undemocratic control.
The EU’s failed policies, for example the euro and over regulation, have helped to bring about economic collapse in some countries and high levels of unemployment that hark back to the 1930s.. The EU has robbed nations of their democratic rights of self-determination and that is a recipe for future conflict, as we saw in the break-up of the old Yugoslavia the Soviet Union in the 1990s.
The EU is a joke. And now so is the Nobel Peace prize.