Friday, November 16, 2007

The EU: a ‘model’ for the world

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for the EU to be a ‘model power’ for the world. He wishes to see the EU enlarged further to include Russia, North Africa, and Middle Eastern countries, and he also advocates the early entry of Turkey. The Union should then use ‘soft and hard power’ to safeguard democracy, including military intervention in places like Darfur, to help solve problems of unwanted migration. He sees the Union as the means by which environmental damage may be mitigated, and religious extremism and terrorism may be eradicated.

But it is his assertion that the EU should be dedicated to free trade that interests Cranmer, for the free market is associated with the dog-eat-dog mentality of the Anglo-Saxon world, and this is quite at variance with the social vision of the Union’s founding fathers. This theme was taken up recently by the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who asserts that the free market should not be Europe's 'creed'. He wants a Europe that would see ‘untramelled capitalism pushed far down the political hierarchy to be replaced by a focus on cultural and spiritual issues with more than a hint of European protectionism’.

For the UK, the EU is about economics, trade, the market, and wealth creation; on the Continent, it is about social policy, cultural identity, and spiritual values. It is the unresolved tension between the Protestant work ethic and Roman Catholic social doctrine that brings Europe, as M Sarkozy observes, to a ‘moral and political crisis’. It lacks coherence, has no stated goals, and manifests no discernible purpose.

The EU model which Mr Miliband wished to promulgate is not the French model, and neither is that of Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, etc., etc. It may be shared by Denmark or Sweden, but they barely register on the scale of European consciousness. The French president is of the view that ‘Europe can only be Europe in the eyes of all men if she defends spiritual values and civilisational values’. He goes on to say: ‘The word protection should be not be outlawed; we must be able to protect ourselves as much as others do.’ And so the EU ‘model’ has a default setting to Socialist Catholicism, or Catholic Socialism, and this cannot coexist with the antithetical Protestant doctrine of free-market economics. They are mutually exclusive philosophies: the one must be subsumed to the other. The only model that results otherwise is that of Babel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that UK public sector spending as a proportion of GDP is now ahead of many (most?) EU countries. So no longer very indicative of a Protestant free-market ethos.

As for Mr Miliband's agenda, this seems to have a particular focus on bringing Turkey into the union. But why, one asks? It is hardly a popular initiative in our country or on the continent. Indeed, it would seem that the two greatest enthusiasts for this proposal are the current US administration and the Israeli right wing. Now, if that does not ring alarm bells!

For those who may not be aware, Turkey holds the (unique?) distinction of having massacred 1.5 million Christians within living memory. There are still people alive who experienced this genocide as children. Yet Turkey denies these events and, to this day, Christians are still being murdered in Turkey because of their beliefs.

Mr Miliband's stance with regard to Turkey really does call into question everything that he has to say about any other aspect of foreign policy.

16 November 2007 at 10:10  
Anonymous oiznop said...

"I was under the impression that UK public sector spending as a proportion of GDP is now ahead of many (most?) EU countries. So no longer very indicative of a Protestant free-market ethos."

You've confirmed Cranmer's point. Britain hasn't pursued free-marketism since Margaret Thatcher, and is being swallowed into the EU mire of corporatism and statism. Sarkozy is a chameleon. He said precisely the opposite to get elected, and now he's pursuing the traditional agenda of an enarque. Plus ca change!

16 November 2007 at 10:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not very sure why His Grace thinks off free trade as a Protestant idea and protectionism as a Catholic one, other than because of our political and religious divide with the continent.
IIRC, as a young man Gladstone was a fiercely protectionist and Low Church Tory; in later life, he became a Anglo-Catholic Whig committed to free trade.

16 November 2007 at 11:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure about the Anglo-Saxon link either. The Anglo-Saxons didn't trade. That's why they (we?) avoided the plague that destroyed many of the British people.

16 November 2007 at 11:45  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Could communicants please desist from posting anonymously. It renders responding more than a little difficult, and is only really necessary if what one wishes to communicate is contentious, and even then it should not be beyond the wit or infinite creativity of man to invent a nom de plume. And further, His Grace cannot and does not commune with anonymice.

16 November 2007 at 12:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


16 November 2007 at 12:18  
Blogger botogol said...

I am also not totally convinced the protestant = free trade, catholic = protectionist.

Perhaps our propensity for free trade was an accident of chance, or pragmatism to achieve an end, rather than a consciously adopted philosophy. (Rather in the same way the country ended up protestant, you could say)

16 November 2007 at 13:20  
Anonymous Alfred of Wessex said...

To understand what David Miliband is trying to soften us up for is the drive by the French and other Euro-elites to incorporate Western Europe into a crescent-shaped region comprising Europe, Palestine and North Africa, better described as Eurabia.

This communicant strongly urges everyone reading this comment to buy and read Bat Ye'or's book Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis (available from Amazon), which exposes the concerted policy of French and other Western European leaders ever since the 1973 Oil Crisis to secure oil in return for Europe aligning itself 'ever more closely' with the interests of the Islamic countries bordering the Mediterranean.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

16 November 2007 at 14:31  
Anonymous billy said...

Anonymous said...
The Anglo-Saxons didn't trade.
16 November 2007 11:45

Really? Did they manufacture everything they needed themselves? Isn't there a site near Southampton that is an AS trading port? Name like Hamworthy.

16 November 2007 at 14:44  
Anonymous No I'm Alfred said...

Anglo Saxons didn't just cease to exist. We just changed our name to English. Coo-eee still here. Still trading.

16 November 2007 at 15:57  
Anonymous invincibly ignorant said...

I read Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis and frankly thought Bat Ye'or was a bit of a conspiracy theory nut when she mentioned this EU enlargement possibility

I now know better

Alfred of Wessex is right in his final sentence

16 November 2007 at 16:53  
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16 November 2007 at 17:12  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Regarding Eurabia: We're in peril. I've heard that Common Purpose has already established the first concentration camp.

16 November 2007 at 17:13  
Blogger Dr.D said...

The discussion as to whether it will be Catholic oriented or Protestant is really irrelevant; it will be Izlamic. All of Europe, including Great Britain, seems to be totally blind to the great evil that is rapidly overtaking it in the form of jihad and incorporation into the izlamic ummah. Only when, and if, you wake up and see what is about to swallow you whole, will you have any chance at all to survive as free people. And if you do, it will be difficult and will require much re-thinking and revising of the way things are done in society. Life as it has been simply cannot go on for much longer.

16 November 2007 at 17:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

milliband is a 3rd generation commie. Rotten to the core. Perfectly suited to nu lab.

16 November 2007 at 20:37  
Blogger Sam Tarran said...

Mr Miliband also failed to recognise that if a large collectivity of territory has a president, a cabinet, a parliament, a supreme court, a law system and an army as he so desires, it does indeed become a state. In this case, a "superstate".

16 November 2007 at 22:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not content with opening the Floodgates to Turkey, 6 Million Abortions to date I hear he is also advocating that Britain start investing on incinerators, I understand these are to burn rubbush.

Unless we start challenging these People, Jack Straw (Another Commie) may well be proved correct, maybe we 'British are not worth saving as a race'

Wake up People, It must be Obvious by niw surely.

3 December 2007 at 01:58  

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