The EU is, in many ways, no different to a private organisation. A club. And it’s this club that Britain and all the other EU countries have handed the keys to. Being in the EU is like having signed a really, really bad PFI contract, the worst one ever.
Imagine if G4 came up to your family and said, ‘We want you to hand over most of your important family decisions to us. We’ll make whatever decisions we think are best for you. Although basically we’ll just do whatever we like. And you have to fund our operation, which is expensive.’ You’d tell them to bugger off, right? Even if they said that your dodgy Uncle Ted is a part of it, and he’ll help them make the right decisions, and you can tell Ted what you think, and he’ll pass it on.
But this is in essence what the UK did over the decades. But dodgy Uncle Ted was clever; he didn’t put it like that. He sold it well. The truth about what was really going on was hidden. The Europeans were presented with a fait accompli. The Brits were told they were joining a free trade area. Gradually the powers of the private club were ramped up, and votes were avoided, and the club grew more and more powerful, and more and more arrogant.
When the UK had finally had enough, and decided to leave, and stop paying large sums to the club every week, it was like a family wanting to leave a protection racket. Threats were made, constantly. Insults flew. ‘You’ll never work in this town again’, the UK was told. The boys came around, cracked their knuckles, made some lightly-veiled threats, and knocked a few vases over.
The funny thing is that the sort of people who like the EU are generally the sort of people who don’t like power being given to private companies, and especially not to private clubs. But the EU is just the mother of all private clubs, an elite fraternity which colludes with the ruling classes so that Europe moves in the direction they all want. Private clubs are all right, it seems, as long as they present themselves in the right way, and have the right aims.
(It may be objected that the EU backroom is no different in principle than the UK civil service, so if we’re all right with the latter, why not the former? To this it could be replied that civil service has grown up organically with the democratically-elected government, and it is objective, two qualities which the EU does not have. It has to be said, however, that the civil service has become alarmingly club-like in recent years itself.)