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Aaronovitch Surrenders Europe

Goodbye, Europe, a New World awaits us | The Times

David Aaronovitch

.... I might wish it were otherwise, but the truth is that we British pro-Europeans are beginning to sound more and more like Betamax enthusiasts arguing the superior merits of their systems against the unstoppable VHS tide.
Without even losing the argument we have contrived to lose not just the battle, but the entire war. The British people, for all our efforts, have proved de Gaulle right, when he exercised his veto against our membership in 1963 and doubted whether our evolution “and the evolution of the universe might bring the English little by little to the Continent”.
The Universe has not so evolved. Judging by its newspapers and its politicians, the people of Britain don’t get Europe, don’t like Europe and don’t want Europe. I have done my best, but nothing will persuade older Britons that the EU is not just some updated, endless episode of ’Allo ’Allo! or younger Britons to take any interest in it. It’s over. Time to come out of the jungle with my hands up, lay down my rusty rifle and think of something else.

If only.

Comments

"like Betamax enthusiasts arguing the superior merits of their systems against the unstoppable VHS tide."

I weep for the Video 2000 system. Gone but not forgotten.

Why ever did Aaronovitch feel obliged to try and convince us that 'Europe' as the Eurocrats would shape it was something to be grasped with both hands?

'Why ever did Aaronovitch feel obliged to try and convince us that 'Europe' as the Eurocrats would shape it was something to be grasped with both hands?'

Aaro's europhilia became the default mode of all good lefty types (especially old CP'ers)about twenty years ago. They are as deluded today about the 'European project' as they were 3 decades ago about their belief then in the inevitable march of socialism.

How dated is the "little Englander" stereotype? That's all these people have. Rather than defending the EU, they just smear its opponents as small-minded xenophobes.

We want Belgian beer, parma ham, livarot cheese, BMWs, Italian design and millions of other things that Europe produces. We just don't think we need an interfering superstate to get it.

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