With the heinous stigma it has earned, I’ll forgive anyone who wishes to express outrage at what I’m about to say. Aside from the obvious inhumanity it committed, we can learn so much about the future of the structure of the EU, by looking at the construct of the Third Reich. It sounds preposterous but hear me out.
Stripping away it’s wrathful nature–purely for this exercise–anyone could look at the skeletal blueprint of it’s socio-economic and political structure and say it seemed idealistic on paper; a political system which wished to blur out countries’ differences for commonality. The Third Reich government, despite it’s “best” efforts, was not a coordinated, co-operating body, but a collection of individuals each trying to gain more power and influence through it’s President. This process allowed more scrupulous/ambitious individuals to get away with implementing the more radical parts of the “common good” ideology, and in doing so, win political favour. Ultimately the economy of the Third Reich failed because it was not enough of a command economy to “succeed” in the way the Soviet did, nor was it capitalist enough to rely on the strength of private enterprise the way it did in America.
It is one thing to be an optimist, it is quite another thing indeed to be ignorant to the proven pattern of causality. The direction in which the EU and The Lisbon Treaty is headed will be for similar consequences, optimism or not. Britain as one of the strongest countries in Europe, has far too much, not least in the way of it’s heritage with the US, to lose for the sake of “commonality” with it’s EU neighbours. One of the greatest things that has come out of this extremely long period of peacetime, is our freedom to vote. At a pinnacle moment in Britain’s history, this is EXACTLY why we need a true spearhead to lead the country in exercising our right, now more than ever.