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Shame; it was a nice planet Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:53 am
Oh.
Fuck.

Short of a comet strike (and Bush is God's buddy, remember) it looks like another 4 years of the thief-in-chief. If this really is the case it's down to those of us in other nations to direct our own governments in a path that can mitigate this damage.

This means, in the UK, bringing in a government that will not act like the 51st state, but one that will fully engage in Europe in order to make that continent a genuine superpower; one that has sufficient military might, commercial power and internal cohesion not to directly combat the US, but to be able to direct and execute its own agenda irrespective of US action.

This will mean some major changes in both the UK government (ie, greater support for our one integrationist party) and in the operations of the EU (ie, greater power of the EU parliament over the Commission and Council, removal of vetos) and a bit of bloody political maturity. I'm of the firm belief that this requires proportional representation in both national and supranational elections, as this leads to more rational political discussion and a greater feeling of enfranchisement that first-past-the-post (or, for that matter, the utterly absurd two-tier first-past-the-post that we're watching with dismay in the US.)

The baton has been dropped; if we don't pick it up we cannot be satisfied to blame others for the path the world takes.

From: countess_sophia
Date: November 3rd, 2004 - 12:46 pm (Link)
Bush may well be the best friend that the cause of EU development ever had. The clear threat that he and his ilk pose has concentrated people's minds greatly. This will happen more now it is clear that his appointment last time was not merely an aberation.

I feel that achieving full membership of greatly enhanced and more democratic EU is the number one priority for Britain now. That and reforming our own corrupt political system.

Soph x