Remain Supporters Are In Denial About The Nature And Purpose Of The EU

Owen Jones - EU Referendum

I’m voting Remain because Puppies For Everyone!!! The denialism and wishful thinking about the European Union’s true purpose and direction of travel exhibited by pro-EU left-wingers is off the charts

The Great Disappointment of the eurosceptic Left, Owen Jones, has popped up with a new contribution to the EU referendum debate in the form of the picture shown above, being widely shared on social media (albeit sometimes in cheekily photoshopped format with the message changed).

While this blog does not usually bother commenting on internet memes, this one is noteworthy because it simultaneously

  1. Sums up the entire basis of left-wing EU apologetics, and
  2. Reveals just how flimsy is that argument

The sign held up by Owen Jones proclaims:

“I’M VOTING REMAIN BECAUSE… I want to unite with people across the continent to build a democratic, workers Europe”

And I want to own a unicorn that shoots fruit based candy out of its ass and grants me three wishes a day, but sadly that is not on offer from the EU, just like the “workers’ paradise” lusted after by Owen Jones isn’t on the menu from Brussels either.

This referendum is serious business. So can Remainers please stop projecting whatever they desperately wish the EU to be onto an organisation which has never really been about friendly trade and cooperation, but is actually all about slowly and inexorably becoming a supranational government of Europe. And which is not going to abandon that long-held goal just because the British are now expressing a few doubts.

I’ve read the history of the EU. I strongly advise others to do the same. And if they still want to Remain, having understood the true nature of the grand projet, they should at least have the decency to admit out loud precisely what it is that they know they are committing us to.


For those interested in that history, here is a good starting point.


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17 thoughts on “Remain Supporters Are In Denial About The Nature And Purpose Of The EU

  1. Bob Battersby July 15, 2016 / 7:58 PM

    The PLP is overwhelmingly comprised of Self Entitled “I’m all right Jacks” who see the people of this country as nothing more than a stepping stone to their own self enrichment. They are happy to pay sop lip service to ordinary people to get their votes only to facilitate and protect the all grabbing agendas of the world’s robber barons.
    Their techniques are those of con merchants as that is what they are.
    I think Corbyn is too honest for their liking and that’s why he remains (because of Labour members). The PLP see Corbyn as a threat to getting corporate sponsorship and plum non jobs for advancing the plutocratic cause. They are more Elitist in many ways than Bullingdon Club Tories.


  2. Nick Wilson June 23, 2016 / 8:36 PM

    Totally agree. At 16 im worried i wont be able to buy a house. Even if i go onto further education. The nhs is crippling under the strain of immigration. Its a NATIONAL health service. NOT an INTERNATIONAL one. Im fed up. Nothing ever seems to go my way with politics. Always goes to utopian thinking people who ignore the facts.


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  4. Mark Fox May 22, 2016 / 12:30 PM

    The idea of an alliance of socialist parties across the Common Market to create a pan – European socialist bloc started with an infamous speech from the recently deceased Helmut Schmidt to the Labour Party during the last Referendum. It was an unrealistic lie then, it is an unrealistic lie today. But this old chestnut comes up again and again, and gullible people fall for it. The left wing needs to wake up to the reality of the last 40 years: capitalism won and protectionist EU regulations and directives weaken workers rights for entire workforce because they perpetuate production inefficiencies. The UK needs to get off its EU crutches and enter the global market, we need to smash the City’s stranglehold on the politicians and rebalance our industrial and technological businesses for the future. And we have to be protectionist to our own citizens first because we cannot, nor should not try, to solve Europe’s problems. We have been a fair participant in the European experiment but it is failing and we need to fold our cards and walk away from the card table before the cowboy barroom brawl begins.

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  5. Douglas Carter May 21, 2016 / 10:33 AM

    For people who are supposedly well-versed in the history of the Labour and Trades Unions movements, their grasp of significant historic events is surprisingly poor.

    There has been no international socialist brotherhood of workers because it has proven impossible to raise a consistent raft of principles their overseas friends might accede to. That’s almost the specific reason the events of 1918-1923 did not see a successful trans-international socialist union rising in the West. French, Italian, Russian, German Socialists looked down snootily at their neighbours and found considerable evidence of doctrinal impurity. As per the EU lacking a demos, Socialist Internationalism entirely lacks an ability to be defined. But, to be fair, that was then, this is now.

    Next time Militant French Unions are blockading Channel Ports or Highways, putting British Hauliers out of work, let the considerable Mr. Jones be sent to the Gallic picket lines to demand their immediate removal – that they present an affront to Socialist Internationalism? Anyone want to set up the necessary BUPA account he’ll need subsequently?


    • Samuel Hooper May 21, 2016 / 3:32 AM

      The Great Deception has been an invaluable aid to my own understanding. I have the .pdf version on my iPad for referring to while on the move, and a print version annotated with my notes and scribblings.


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