posted on May, 6 2012 @ 08:48 PM
Let me be clear, I am British, English to be more precise, from the City of Manchester. Born and bred and educated here. I am also European.
Great Britain is part of the European continental tectonic plate, that makes Great Britain geographically European. Like it or not. Its a simple hard
fact. However, this does not mean our identity is European. Geographical presence and national identity are two totally different things.
Many British people still have the mindset from when Great Britain was a colonial superpower. Rule Britannia and all that.
Being English, I've heard a lot of British people wax lyrical about Great Britain being in the EEA, EU etc. saying we needto leave, and all that
tripe. One of the recurring arguments I hear from them is that the European Parliament are a bunch of unelected officials.
Not so. On the European mainland, they get to vote for their Euro-MP's. So why don't we have the same privilege? Simple, our own government
decided that we weren't intelligent enough to understand European affairs, and denied us that right, choosing to appoint our Euro-MP's on our
In the end, you should blame our government for our own marginalization, not Europe, who time and time again tried to involve us more and more. Each
time they were rebuffed by our own government.
Want to know what Europe has done for us? We only have a right of free speech due to European laws. Our own laws gave us a "Negative right to the
freedom of expression", which basically means we can only say what our government wanted us to. The right to the freedom of speech is a pretty
fundamental right imho.
However nothing I or anyone else will say will change your mind, so please, carry on your anti-European paranoia unabated, while the rest of us just
shake our heads in despair.