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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.

Re: Almost as quixotic as voting for Peroutka...

From: wechsler
Date: November 3rd, 2004 - 04:19 pm (Link)
Yes, 20 years ago Germany was divided and the Iron Curtain had Europe split in half. 60 years ago was WW2 and the US and USSR were allies, and France and Germany were at war. Now we have a European Union with France and Germany closely at its heart and a constant post-war record of closer economic and social union. Leaving aside the abberations of Thatcher and de Gaulle we'd probably have the system I envisage already.

History accelerates. Europe evolves in timescales of decades or less, and the antagonisms you list are (with the clear exception of the Balkan states) little more than ancient history. To claim that the European political class cannot overcome or work around them in the short-to-medium term is frankly ludicrous. There is, frankly, very little work left to do; we're not seeking a federal system in the US mould, but a co-operative union for which all the groundwork is already in place.

Re: Almost as quixotic as voting for Peroutka...

From: mrz80
Date: November 3rd, 2004 - 04:49 pm (Link)
I will concede the argument to the man on the scene. Back to the studio. :-)