Whatever name it currently uses, we have been in the European Union since 1973. It became fashionable in our ideological community, circa 1988, to denounce the EU and all its works. Back then, we could still believe that our basic constitutional freedoms were intact, and accuse the Eurocrats of wanting to roll back such economic liberalism as Margaret Thatcher had restored. By 1997, not to be a rabid Europhobe was evidence of deviationism. When I became Grand Inquisitor of the Candidlist, in 1999, I was hailed even by those who found the Libertarian Alliance a bit iffy.
That was then. Today, we live in a soft totalitarian police state delivered entirely by our own ruling class. Our foreign policy is run from Washington, and involves us in endless and largely inexplicable wars that we don’t win. The only brake on our downward progress is provided from Brussels.
Is this a case of Autre temps, autre merde?
All answers welcome.