We have reported in this blog on the latest green nonesense, namely EU demands for unreasonable cuts to nitrate fertiliser use and to numbers of livestock kept on farms, in order to reduce the agricultural sectors notrogen emissions which are alleged to be harmful to the environment. The real reason for thos new war in nitrogen, an inrert gas which forms over 75% of our breatheable atmosphere, is more likely to be necessitated by a desire among the European bureaucratic elite's desire to satisfy their ivory tower environmental and climate rules thus enabling the self righteous elitists to feel virtuous. With threats of severe financial punishments for nations which don’t comply with the required cuts this policy must be seen as a direct attck on Europe's food producers.
When angry voters kick out the politicians attempting to impose these unpopular cuts, as happened in regional elections in Netherlands last week, the EU claims their hands are clean, because it was the elected politicians who actually voted to accept EU recommendations as policy, and impose the penalties for non compliance which has led to the populist backlash. But the EU are still there in the background, setting targets and demanding cuts which cannot be net by any practical means and compliance can only be enforced by abuses of power.
Have elected politicians in Netherlands, and Germany, Poland, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, nations to which the farmers' tractor protests have spread, really been reduced humandroids, capable only of carrying out the bidding of unelected EU bureaucrats? No matter which politicians are elected, they quickly get a visit from the EU, the real leadership, and receive a long list of demands, attached to severe penalties for non-compliance.
I hope the BoerBurgerBeweging / Farmer-Citizen Movement has the testicular fortitude to call the EU’s bluff. This EU green tyranny, can only maintain its grip on power so long as it operates from the shadows. If the BBB calls the EU’s bluff, and forces the EU to show their hand, to openly start ordering Netherlands politicians to comply, the situation would rapidly run out of control. After last week the position of the ruling coalition in the National Assembly is untenable. It is hard to imagine the people of The Netherlands would put up with such blatant abuse abuse of their democracy and national sovereignty and accept their elected government, being openly ordered around like hired hands. Anyone who thinks they will does not much about the nistory of The Netherlands and Dutch people.
But there is a pattern here that has been building for severasl decades. The EC seems to be assuming more power than it was ever meant to have.
Only more states quitting the EU, as the UK did, will stop this madness
(and, even then, maybe not). If nitrogen is to be demonized, as CO2 has
been, will someone tell these politiical clowns and the idiots who advise them, (idiot, I much conclude, has become a synonym of scientist,) just what proportion of the
atmosphere nitrogen represents
To get some clue as to what is really going on we have to consider why there is such a strong commitment to green lunacy from the political class in Europe. One is the memory of the lessons of WWII. Its a constant underlying unspoken memory, but it influences everything. Deeply buried under it and never spoken of, but there, is the sense that the EU is the only conceivable way to make a world with a united Germany safe, but there’s also the feeling that they cannot conceivably go back to the Europe of fully independent nation states in any case.
Thus, since the original Common Market of 6 nations transformed into the European Economic Community in the 1960s or 70s and began to expand the thrust has been for 'ever closer union.'
I remember seeing a TV news report on a performance of Gorecki’s Third Symphony, attended on some EU occasion by the EU dignitaries (including the UK PM of the time, David Cameron). There was no doubt why it had been included.
The second reason the EU will probably survive this pushback against its authoritarian control freakery is because like all bureaucracies its institutions are surprisingly adaptable. Bureaucrats' greatest skill is to protect their careers, incomes and privileged lifestyles, the organisations they manage find ways through every crisis by fudge and compromise. So this kind of opposition to green tyranny we are seeing now may be encouraging to those of us who oppose authoritarianism and globalism, but it would be foolish to write off the bureucrats so soon, they have a way of muddling through through somehow.
The thing that may at some point break up the Union is an external shock of the right nature and scale (a collapse of the global banking system for example.) But you have to ask yourself what will replace it in such a case. To go back to the Europe of nations, boundaries, independent currencies would cause enormous and costly upheaval. The yearned for United States of Europe may have become an impossible dream but the current 27 member EU contains too many economic basket cases among its membership to simply break up. But as we have seen over the past two weeks, a collapse of the global banking system is more likely than any of us want to imagine. So we must stay in the game and hope the dice in those casinos known as the financial markets roll our way.