Tuesday, May 24, 2005
a) Broadly sceptical about American aims/opposed to Americanisation
b) For protectionism and against mass importation of 3rd world goods and labour/globalisation.
c) Opposed to the rampant free market
d) Opposed to deregulation if it is seen to be against the job security of the ordinary working man.
The main reason why Euro-Realism, and even its pale imitation Euro-Scepticism, is opposed by so many ordinary people is that it is seen to be linked with Thatcherism and market economics. Millions of people, both in Britain and Europe, have been persuaded that the EU is a defence against the global market place and economic liberalism. They support the "fortress Europe" against the "Anglo-Saxon model" economy, which they fear will cost them their jobs and social provision. What use is increased efficiency if it throws you on the dole? Most working people want a job for life, they want security above all else. Surely the job of the government is to look after its people, the electorate, not the needs of a few international financiers and heads of multinationals??
This blog extends its warmest thanks to Lee for agreeing to take the party on and advance the cause in the future.