Cranmer is indebted to Mr Croydonian
for drawing attention to the latest evidence, if any were needed, that the EU is being forged not by democracy, but by teleology. The EU model of government is best understood by examining the Aristotelian notion of telos
, which is concerned with ends, purposes, and goals. In cultures which have a teleological world view, the ends of things are seen as providing the meaning for all that has happened or that occurs. If one thinks about history as a timeline with a beginning and end, in a teleological view of the world and of history, the meaning and value of all historical events derives from their ends or purposes, that is, all events in history are future-directed. The Christian worldview is fundamentally teleological; all of history is directed towards the completion of history at the end of time.
When history ends, then the meaning and value of human historical experience will be fulfilled. Modern European culture is overwhelmingly teleological in its experience of history, that is, we see history and experience as entirely future-directed. This, in part, explains the insistence that the EU is an unstoppable ‘inevitability’.
Much has already been written on the manifestly undemocratic workings of the EU – how, for example, a treaty is put to a referendum, the people say no, so they are asked again, and again, until the ‘right’ answer is given – but never before has the leader of a democratic nation accused his compatriots of accidentally voting the wrong way. According to Le Monde
, the Eurocrats are insisting that 'We cannot stay deaf and blind to the necessity of restarting the process of European integration'
. They are indeed gods, intoxicated by their own infallibility; utterly convinced of their self-righteousness. Thus Giscard declares with all the authority of an absolute monarch: ‘The 'No' of 2005 was an accident. The social and economic climate has now changed'.
That’s alright then. Divinity has spoken. The French and Dutch must vote again. But they must remember, ‘non’ is for ‘un jour’, and ‘oui’ is for ‘éternité’, whatever the weather or ‘the social and economic climate’.