The EU and the BBC often put down Britain’s strained relationship with European politicians as simple an issue caused by splits in the Conservative party. And that Cameron should have never allowed a referendum – because the British public would then have a chance to vote on a real issue for once.
This is usually followed-up with comments to the effect that the public are too ill-informed to be asked important political questions. Best not to give them any chance to stop or redirect the plans of the governing elite. A variation on the don’t you trouble your pretty little head line of condescending superiority that might have been expressed centuries ago.
And this spin on events is still being used today, in public, by EU Presidents no less. Not allowing the public to vote on meaningful issues has become a fundamental plank of the Greater Europe strategy. And in the few cases where a vote did get past the guards any unfavourable result was either ignored or referred to a second vote. A familiar technique that is being tried at present by MPs and political lobbyists wanting a repeat of the Brexit referendum.
Yet the deeply unsuitable direction being set by the Eurocrats has been a cause for concern for many more British people than just Conservative party members. And for much longer than the Cameron years.
Exactly why there is such unease with the unstoppable drive to create a Euro Super State probably does not have a simple answer. But one candidate must be the growing fear that there is a slow march towards equipping the EU for conflict with other super-powers. Not just a trade or political power conflict – but real fighting with real devastation. And it is worth remembering that the nature of people changes much more slowly than fashion, technology and material possessions. There will always be someone who wants to be the master of Europe .. or even the world.
However back with the short-term politics there are little signs that any of the current crop of UK politicians will be a threat to anything other than Grandad’s blood pressure. After 950 days of post-referendum contemplation Westminster is now overflowing with increasingly desperate but ill-considered schemes to get us out of this Brexit mess sometime soon.
Having become tired of all the arguments and counter-arguments months ago the majority of general public just want it to end. And since the EU are currently sticking to their position that the Withdrawal Agreement is finalised and cannot now be changed there seems little point in UK MPs making demands for changes to it.
Similarly extending the present purgatory by means of a second referendum, a new government or a later leaving date will change nothing. There is no agreement that can meet all the demands. And some British politicians are looking increasingly like sad individuals standing on the shore commanding the tide to stop coming in.