1 May 2016

John Major - extremism, shared sovereignty and his war on democracy

Earlier in the week, the disastrous former Prime Minister, John Major, was interviewed on the BBC Today programme.

This is a man whose every pro-EU decision during his scandal-ridden and dishonest government resulted in huge cost for British voters, reduced political accountability and oversight and undermined our influence in the world.

He's still at it now. Among various soundbites, which he took with him to deploy on air, he offered up this comment in an effort to justify the pretence of 'shared sovereignty':
"If you want undiluted sovereignty in the modern age, when everybody is interconnected, then go to North Korea because that is where you will get it."
Major has no logical or rational argument in favour of making the British people surrender control of Britain to unelected and unaccountable people from 27 other countries, so he engaged in reductio-ad-absurdum. It’s the logical fallacy of extending someone’s argument to ridiculous proportions and then criticising the result. In this case he used it to make sovereignty sound like something extreme. But as I will show in a moment, it is nothing of the sort. But before that, consider this...

It is impossible to share sovereignty. A country either runs its own affairs, or it doesn't. If our sovereignty was shared, when faced with legislation we did not like, we could tell the European Commission that we simply won't implement it. But we can't. If we reject it the European Court of Justice hears a legal action against us then rules that we must follow European Law or suffer huge fines. So where is our shared part of the sovereignty? It is an illusion, a fantasy. EU membership makes it compulsory to give up sovereignty and do what the EU says we must. The EU project is to control ever more areas of government until all decisions are taken at the EU level, destroying the very fabric of the nation state.

So back to that extremist situation of countries that don't share sovereignty. Let's consider some countries around the world who in the view of John Major are clearly extreme because they enjoy undiluted sovereignty...
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • India
  • Chile
  • Israel
  • South Africa 
In fact if you look at the list of WTO countries who are not EU members, there are 135 of them that are independent, govern themselves, have courts that are supreme, and who engage in international cooperation in matters of mutual interest. And, surprise surprise, North Korea isn't one of them. But that is precisely why Major and the Remain side single out that country as an example of what it's like to be outside the EU, because the reality shows their argument to be ridiculous.

What really stood out in Major's interview is that he did not answer a single question he was asked. He avoided addressing every point raised by John Humphrys because to answer them honestly would have exposed his position as irrational, illogical and unreasonable.

That is the point. The Remain side has no reasonable, logical or rational argument for staying in the EU. Everything we supposedly gain from EU membership can be had outside it, without giving up control of running Britain and without our courts being overruled by the European Court of Justice. The Remain campaign is driven by the vested interests of the political class, assisted by useful idiots and those who reject democracy.

The reason the Remain side don't want an independent Britain is because having one would reduce the power of the politicians and political class in the EU. Voters in individual countries, where the EU is not in control, could reject any political party that sought to implement laws and rules they deem inappropriate, and that ability weakens the power of the politicians over the people. The EU exists to serve the interests of politicians while subverting the wishes of voters. It is a deliberate effort to erode and destroy democracy. That's why the establishment and majority of the political class like it so much.

Leaving the EU would enable Britain to escape from this appalling, anti democratic political stitch up. It would end this ludicrous pretence of shared sovereignty, which is the description for having the rules made for you by others. A vote to leave is a vote towards holding politicians to account and making them work in our interest, not theirs. A vote to leave is a declaration that democracy must prevail.