ARE THE BRITISH A SERVILE PEOPLE?
“As we look at the way our country is governed now and compare it with the situation around the time of the Second World War, we can see many changes and none for the better.
In this paper it is explained how successive British governments have surrendered our democracy to layers of international bureaucracy which have acquired completely unaccountable power over our legal, political, economic and social decisions. The largest of these transnational bureaucracies is the United Nations and the most powerful is the European Union, whose aim it is to turn itself into a post-national state.
This process has, Kenneth Minogue argues, deprived our elected politicians of real power and taken away their opportunity to behave in a genuinely statesmanlike manner, leaving them to become involved in make-believe changes to society, expenses manipulation and general nest-feathering.
Professor Minogue analyses the transnational bureaucracies that add to the burden of regulation and increasingly control so much of our lives. This increased meddling, he argues, is creating a feedback loop where ever more regulations are required in an attempt to undo the damage caused by the initial unnecessary state interference.
At the heart of the matter, Professor Minogue argues, is the curious form of idealism that disdains pride in Britain and British culture, preferring to give allegiance to a far more vaguely defined ideology of internationalism. This rejection of national sovereignty, and the subsequent embracing of unaccountable transnational institutions, as advocated by our political establishment, has led to the British people submitting to more and more authority which comes dressed as virtue.”
“If I am right about the consequences of an idealism that has been invested in a riskless and therefore unreal perfection, then the widespread indifference among Britons to the dangers of Britain abandoning democracy in favour of submission to a benevolent oligarchy in Brussels would cease to be mysterious. The mediocrity of our politics, and of our political class, would result from the fact that a large component of the British population, especially among the educated, can only recognise two concerns. One is the grand and slightly mad project of perfecting the world, and the other is the search for personal happiness and satisfaction. The real world of politics, however, is about grander issues of national interest in the here and now and many of our contemporaries are so lost in posturing unrealities of global perfectionism on the one hand, and the demands of immediate personal satisfaction on the other, that they lack even the capacity to recognise much less to respond to the political realities that are shaping Britain’s future.”