Tuesday, 24 February 2009

"we've always been at war with eastasia"

by johnofgwent

(Pictures and hyperlinks to references will be added to this later. Right now I'm in a hurry and need to get the words out)

GA reminded us all a few blogs back that the European Elections are almost upon us.

It will soon be that time of year again. The time when pro-eurabian spinmeisters will dig out their prayer books embossed with the mantra of "ever closer political union" and spin you a pile of rot that justifies why they should continue once again to ride the unaudited all expenses paid gravy train taking its ever-more-lunatic road trip between brussels and strasbourg god knows how many times a year, while the rest of us are lectured - by those same road warriors - that having a "carbon footprint" is a mortal sin.

And all this at a time when our own westminster "government" says that unlike the wunch of bankers it has rescued in order to protect its job prospects after the next election, the LDV Van Company has "no good reason" to get government support and should be allowed to go to the wall. And at the same time Rhodri Morgan is falling out with his bedfellow in the Cardiff Bay Hot Air Shit Pit Ieuan Wyn Jones over the matter of university tuition fees.

But GA's post reminded me of something. Back in my younger days when taking an English Literature O Level meant something, I recall that amongst the lists of books to be studied for the exam was George Orwell's 1984. And in that book although the first time we see Winston at work is when he creates a false biography of a hero of the party about whom Big Brother can be recorded as safely waxing lyrical, in place of the "DoublePlus Ungood Dayorder" that "Refs Nonpersons", one of the most stunning, things that happen as a result of this routine rewriting of "history" is that during "hate week", when political alliances change and suddenly "Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia", no-one bats an eyelid.

The European Union reminds me of this a lot. In 1957 - the year of my birth - the six countries of the European Steel Trade Consortium got together and signed up to a pact that established the supranational "European Economic Community". But in the preamble to that document, the truth is revealed, for its very first paragraphs say the six "plenipotentiaries" nominated by the kings, queens and presidents of the six countries to sign thjis document do so as a result of their "commitment to ever closer political union".

Or did they ?

Because if you google hard enough you'll find that the keepers of the library of EU documentation seem remarkably reticent at publishing the original document. Because every time there is a new piece of legislation, they "consolidate" the tresaties and make them much easier to obtain than the one you had before. The official EU website which proclaims that it holds the original non-consolidated treaty actually says it is unpublished and for example where the original is said to have referred to an "Economic Community", the consolidated treaty has been altered so that it now reads "European Union"

It's the same as putting the Magna Carta through an Optical Character Reader, burning the original that John was forced to accede to at Runnymede and now all you can get are electronic copies modified by Microsoft Word without the change tracker on.

What have our European Masters got to hide ?

Or was Eric Arthur Blair right, Has "Oceania always been at war with Eastasia" ?

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