David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy (left) embrace over Anglo-French defence co-operation … In Britain at least, talk of Anglo-French defence co-operation is usually greeted with deep scepticism and reference to various Napoleonic battles. (Funny how no-one talks about the Crimea, where we were on the same side. But I digress.) So it's striking that the Strategic Defence and Security Review yesterday signalled a lot more cross-channel working. Although Britain's "pre-eminent" defence relationship will still be with the US, the review says Britain must "intensify" its co-operation with France. David Cameron's interest in co-operation is interesting in itself, coming from a Conservative PM. But what strikes me as even more intriguing is President Nicolas Sarkozy's clear enthusiasm. … According to the PM, the summit will produce "some very exciting steps forward". – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: What could go wrong with military cooperation?
Free-Market Analysis: Recently we wrote an article pointing out that the European Union was an Anglo-American invention. We offered this perspective to counter the growing elite sub dominant social theme that the EU was really being run by secret German Nazis who had plotted for half a century to bring the Fourth Reich into existence by trade treaty instead of force of arms. We also pointed out that Britain's treacherous leadership was purposefully reducing its armed forces in order to position itself under the umbrella of an EU army, one that would in turn serve under the umbrella of NATO.
Our ultimate point was that the Anglo-American axis was "trading up" from a position of dominance in two countries to a position in Brussels that would embrace the larger part of a continent. This is in keeping of course with the Western elite's avowed goal to create a one-world government – in stages if necessary or in one fell swoop (more recently) if possible. We doubt it will take place either way, but we have to give the elite high marks for trying. You can read our two recent stories here:
Of course nothing is ever entirely clear when it comes to elite ambitions. And Britain's new Tory government has been throwing up a thick smoke screen regarding what's really happening in Britain. This is because, of course, neither the Tories nor Labour can afford politically simply to come out and say that the Anglo-American power elite, a handful of extraordinarily wealthy and dominant families and banking groups (among others), has decided to trade Britain in for Europe. But it has.
Financial regulation is largely passing into Brussels' hands and Brussels makes many of the laws that now affect Britain. The Brussels' based EU judiciary now has the power to try British citizens in abstentia and apparently to arrest them at will. Of course, through it all, the British political classes continue to make the right sounds about sovereignty and resistance. They've been making the same noises for 50 years, however, and one would think the British might start to see through it.
In fact, matters may be brought to a head sooner rather than late if France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel have their way. The two want to change the hard-fought Lisbon Treaty so that it includes harsh penalties for countries that run up significant government debt. The revised treaty would also set up a permanent "bail out" fund to ensure that profligate countries had a mechanism to turn to in case of potential bankruptcy.
While such a system may seem eminently reasonable to Sarkozy and Merkel, it is likely making Cameron nervous indeed. According To Euractiv.com, "Merkel and Sarkozy's demand for treaty change will put the government of Prime Minister David Cameron under intense pressure to hold a vote on the EU. Indeed, many Tories were angry at Labour's refusal to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty."
But Euractiv.com has even bigger news regarding the Sarkozy/Merkel proposal, as follows: "Ireland mulls calling another EU referendum … Ireland is beginning to ponder calling another EU referendum following proposals by France and Germany to change the Lisbon Treaty in order to introduce a permanent system to handle crises in the euro zone … "
All of this is somewhat predictable from our point of view. We have never thought that the powers-that-be behind the EU either wanted or anticipated the kind of crises that have now erupted. The protests rippling through Europe are fairly severe; various Southern European countries remain in danger of default and bankruptcy, despite fairly aggressive EU stopgap measures; EU treaties give the nascent central government very limited room to maneuver.
And yet if EU leaders push too hard for additional power, they risk a very good possibility that countries such as Ireland and England will end up holding referendums not just on added responsibilities but on the entire issue of EU membership. And probably both England and Ireland would end up OUT of the EU if such referendums took place. Cameron, in our view, is simply another caretaker for the powers that be. When he took office, he announced that as one of his first moves as Prime Minister he was calling a halt to Britain's rapidly evolving police state. But now there is this:
Big Brother WILL snoop on your calls and clicks: Ministers resurrect plan to log all communications … Hugely controversial 'Big Brother' plans to store details of every internet click, email and telephone call that we make are being revived by the Coalition, it emerged last night. … Police, security services and other public bodies would be able to find out which websites a person had visited, and when, where and to whom a text or call was made. Security officials insist that monitoring communications data is vital in the fight against terrorism and serious organised crime. But the plan – which was kicked into the long grass by Labour amid a public outcry – will put the Government on a collision course with civil liberties groups. They argue it is a 'snooper's charter' which will allow the state to spy on millions of innocent citizens. (- Daily Mail)
We can see from this that Cameron has turned out to be no different than Gordon Brown or Tony Blair. Each of these individuals shoved Britain farther down the authoritarian path. The Tory perspective – what Tories campaign on – is the idea of personal freedom and entrepreneurship, but the last Prime Minister to remotely enshrine those characteristics in policy was Margaret Thatcher; and she was unceremoniously dumped from her own party because of her opposition to further EU involvement. Lacking Thatcher, Britain might well be using euros instead of pounds.
The power of the Anglo-American elite remains pernicious when it comes to mainstream politics. There is only one true policy, which is increasing amounts of authoritarianism and globalization. In both Britain and America, the Left consolidates and nationalizes the economy while the Right pursues increasingly authoritarian policies at home and serial wars abroad. US President Barack Obama is supporting aggressive technology changes that will make wiretapping a good deal easier in the US and rather than disengaging from Afghanistan, he has added 30,000 troops.
In the UK, we see that Cameron is now mulling more authoritarian technologies that will further invade innocent people's privacy while negotiating significant military cooperation and power sharing with France. Meanwhile, his concern over the additional measures proposed by Sarkozy and Merkel have absolutely nothing to do with any hesitations about expanding EU power. No, he is merely worried because such proposals may actually bring about a referendum that will generate a vote against Britian continuing in the EU. While Cameron's rhetoric has been somewhat anti-EU, the reality is that like Blair and Brown before him, he is fervently pro EU – and would not have become Prime Minister if he were to take any other position.
Under Cameron, after all, it is merely business as usual. The surveillance state expands and the plans for an EU army deepen. Cameron will do his best, obviously, to ensure (despite promises otherwise) that an actual EU referendum is never held on his watch. We would suggest however that events may eventually outstrip the compulsive caution and hypocrisy of modern euro-political leadership. If we are correct, Cameron may eventually be forced into some fairly tough decisions – ones that could halt or even reverse the current trend toward EU consolidation and power-grabbing. Some hard choices may resolve themselves on his watch.