I am a little bit fatigued by the whole Europe thing. The mess in Greece which is always seemingly going to bring things to a head only to then pull back from the brink too is tiring as it seems that the main thing at play here is Papandreou seemingly contorting every possible way to hang on to power. Why he would want to do that escapes me. I still think it is all likely to go horribly wrong and all he seems to be doing is making himself a key target for those who will come hunting for the politicians who abandoned the Greeks to a stark future. Back in Europe, the leaders demonstrate that they too are not really willing to solve the problem because their dream must succeed at all costs.
We need to be out of Europe for our own good, based on its current model. Europe seems to be heading for collapse and staying there hoping it won't do so is folly. The most promising future will fall to those who get out and set a different course as quickly as possible. The term first mover advantage was never truer than it is now and we need to make sure that is us. Over at The Devils kitchen some thought has been given to this.
The argument that we need to stay in to trade with them is another poor argument. If it collapses what exactly will be the size of the market to trade with? Banks with serious asset write downs combined with tax payers hocked up the eyeballs will not exactly be awash with cash. The reality is that it isn't a market but an incestuous welfare programme in which the cronies both corporate and political draw down on the incessant remortgaging of the future of its working people. All of this made worse by a growing population of wealth takers.
Our future lies not in this model but in other models. We need to re find our ambition as a nation as well as the energy to take ourselves on a different path. There is plenty of evidence of what works. The Germans have a strong economy based on their work ethic and their ability to make good strong things that people buy. India, China and other Far East countries demonstrate a similar ethic and a similar belief in themselves and the essential ambition to take a nation forward, underpinned by a commitment to education.
But that requires a sea change. Right now, the malaise in Britain is obvious to pretty much anyone who cares to look hard. One only has to visit blogs such as Winston Smith or to ride shotgun with Inspector Gadget around Ruralshire and observe the antics of Wayne & Shaznay to see that we need a change. But its not just down there with what have become our underclass, it runs right through like our nation choking everything it wraps around, in the same way Japanese knotweed does in the plant world.
At heart of this is thinking. What we have in front of us is a manifestation of a cocktail of sinister and flabby thinking. This thinking has dried our ambition up and I'll explain more in future posting (although I have alluded to it in the past). Some of it is deliberate and we've fallen for it. Some of it as appealed to our instincts because it has promised something for nothing, an idea which becomes ever more appealing as we are dumbed down to worship celeb culture. Right now we are in a mess and we need to lift out of it.
But of course if it was thinking backed up by influence that got us here, it is counter thinking and influence that will get us out. We need to start demonstrating new thinking on all fronts in order to move the change forward. It will not happen overnight and I believe it is one of the mistakes we make. We did not get in this mess overnight. Those that put us here will not give it up easily either. They've worked too hard to get us here. We must push back against them.
I believe however that there are more of us than them. There are more of us that want great things for this nation and its people than there are that want to collapse it. Even among those who are seemingly lost and are on the receiving end of our criticism are people who want what we want. They are only lost through demoralisation. We can get them back.
There are more of us than them and they know that. In our nation is an inherent good and an inherent strength. It just needs firming up and deploying. Those who would have it otherwise know that too. That is their fear. That is why they shout down and shoot down every attempt at to forge this new path. I believe, however that we must keep going forward towards a notion of British excellence.
That starts with each and every one of us.