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John Chuckman



I like Jeremy Corbyn and support his views in a number of matters, but not on the EU.

I never thought I would rethink my longstanding support for the EU, but Cameron’s blundering excuse for statesmanship and all the discussion and puffed-up publicity around it have caused me to do just that.

I have little use either for xenophobes or the stout little island types often associated with rejecting the EU, but I fear the EU concept I’ve always supported has virtually disappeared.

Today the EU is, to a considerable extent, just another mechanism for American domination of Europe. It gives America one name to call at the start of any of its new dangerous or destabilizing adventures.

And who needs that except the madmen at the State Department?

I had always held out hope that the EU could become a true force in world affairs, countering America’s bullying influence, leading the way to a multi-polar world.

But I’ve waited a long time to see anything happen, and all I’ve seen is decay from the early possibilities.

I don’t think that Europe’s emergence as a world power is going to happen now, at least for a very long time. America would certainly not support it and would actively work covertly and overtly against it, and America today behaves almost as though drunk on the sense of its own power.

The current generation of European leaders is a truly pathetic crowd. Cameron, Hollande, and even the gifted Merkel are just servants of America. Gone are the great leaders of decades ago. Not a sign of real individualism remains. One might even suspect all of them as being long-term recipients of CIA pensions, a common American covert practice for bending governments abroad to their purpose.

Events in Syria and Ukraine with their huge impacts upon Europe are distressing reminders of the truth because these crises were generated by America while almost all the very great costs, social and economic, are dumped upon Europe.

World dictatorship is even more threatening than dictatorship inside one state.

So, for the first time, I almost hope Britain does exit the EU. Economics – the original and strongest argument for the EU – of course remains important, but social and political and diplomatic matters are also important, and when they are seen consistently all going the wrong way, as they are today and have been for years, it is time to reconsider.

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