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PostBritain Can Go It Alone (Nigel Jones, UK, 10/11/17 3:27 am)
For someone with clearly pronounced opinions on both subjects, Istvan Simon is very misinformed on both the EU and Britain.
He said on October 9th that it is not the EU's fault that few vote in the elections for their fake and powerless European Parliament. No indeed, it just demonstrates how meaningless that "Parliament" is. People rightly regard it as irrelevant to their lives as it is merely a fig leaf to disguise the EU's fundamental lack of democracy.
Istvan is incorrect in thinking that member governments can make the EU "more democratic." While I am pleased that Istvan acknowledges that the EU is undemocratic, he should know that this lack of democracy is set in stone in all EU institutions. It cannot be changed without demolishing the EU itself.
As for Istvan's irrelevant anti-British diatribe about Britain being unable to defend or feed itself, this is patent nonsense. Britain is the World's fifth biggest economy; London is Europe's premier financial centre; Britain after Germany is the biggest contributor to the EU's budget; and along with France is the only significant military power in Europe.
Istvan's incorrect assessment seems to suggest that Britain is under a military threat (from whom?) and implies that the EU has military power: It has none. Europe is defended by NATO and the biggest European contributor to NATO is... Britain!
JE comments: Istvan Simon has stated several times on WAIS that he is an Anglophile, so I'm sure he meant no offense. Out of curiosity I Googled "how much of Britain's food is imported," and came up with roughly half: sources vary from 48% to "over 50%." The figure for the US is a still significant 15%. The lesson here: no nation is an island, even when (like Britain) it is an island.
On Istvan's love for Britain, see his response to Tim Ashby (next).