I was born at the back end of the British Empire. I did my fair share of waving a little flag and can still remember most of the words to ‘Rule Britannia.’ Sometimes, I still compare values in old £sd and my earliest memory is being told to sit under a desk with my hands protecting my head during the Cuban missile crisis.
I lived through the 70s and watched Britain turning towards communism under Labour. I saw Margaret Thatcher destroy British industry in the 80s under individualism and ‘There is no such thing as society.’ Blair came in and in a bankrupt country with the heavy industries gone, flooded it with borrowed money in the hope that would stimulate a collapsed economy. It didn’t and the 2008 collapse followed. I don’t need Google to give me a second hand opinion, I lived through it.
In between the forces and uni’ I travelled about a lot and saw countries try to build utopias, which never worked, but was always told it was someone else’s fault. What I saw were facts and they undoubtedly shaped my opinions, just as Google shapes the opinions of the present generation which leads many to assume they are facts.
My experiences produced facts of my own. I know that you can’t socially engineer societies using socialism or communism and pretend the dictatorships they all result in are democratic. There is also truth in Aristotle’s saying of, ‘Society is something that precedes the individual.’ What this means is that over a period of time the ideology we’re born into shapes our world view. The 99% never owned anything, but elected the 1% who promised them they would. Imagine my surprise then (not), when Britain threw in its lot with the EU through treaties signed by a succession of pro-EU PMs. My initial thought at the time was, ‘Oh no, here we go again.’
Which brings us to the present. If Aristotle was correct, Britain now closely resembles the EU ideology of liberal democracy. The BBC, once world renowned for its impartiality is now a mouthpiece for woke liberalism. The police meant to uphold the law have been politicized to the extent of bending a knee to BLM and EU propaganda is pumped into schoolchildren. All that is not a surprise, it’s the consequences reflecting the beliefs of a generation in which the institutions have come to resemble the same beliefs.
As we sit in our politically correct EU utopia socially engineered around multiculturalism, diversity and equality and led by an elite political class, we should spare a thought for all the other societies who went down the same road. The minimum wage gig-economy, the rising poverty, huge unemployment, crime … countered by TV adverts of fictitious multicultural families in luxurious homes spending like there’s no tomorrow and stories of coming starvation if we Brexit, we can always console ourselves that we’re doing great (compared to Bulgaria). And as it all collapses and it will, the same cry will go up as all the others, ‘it’s someone else’s fault.’