It’s Not Too Late To Trust Ourselves Again

Much of the rest of the world is and has always been corrupt. It follows, then, that globalization is the desire to finally spread corruption worldwide, particularly through corrupt transnational corporations. This has been true for donkey’s years.

But this never used to be true for Brits. Great Britain had, at least since we eradicated rotten boroughs in 1842, resisted that element of globalization in our political system. We had become a global oasis of popular honour, a land in which an entire people defaulted to taking right action, and frowned on those who chose not to.

This institutional integrity was the result of our unique culture of fairness, particularly in our system of Common Law, which is the epitome of the desire to promote right action and fairness and make it available to all.

Englanders, Scots, Irish, Welsh, even Cornishmen used to viscerally reject lies, bullying, usurpation, or any act that smacks of a stronger person taking advantage of a weaker person. Of course these injustices occurred, but the national attitude to them when they did occur was a predictable and often unspoken condemnation.

As much as we challenged, hated, loved and ignored our politicians, we presumed, if not always their personal honesty, certainly the honesty and integrity of the democratic political architecture in which they functioned.

We are no longer that people.

We no longer boast a trustworthy democratic political architecture, thanks to David Cameron’s pathological lying and his reinstitution of crass, quid pro quo patronage of the corporate class as payment for their expressed Remain “support”.

Cameron has led us down this dead end in his increasingly desperate and borderline psychotic efforts to steal the Brexit referendum.

As Simon Heffer so eloquently puts it in the Daily Telegraph, under Cameron’s leadership, the UK has moved closer to being a Banana Republic than it is to the liberal democracy that so many people sacrificed so much to create and preserve for us.

One can’t help wondering how long it will be before Cameron shows up at PM’s question time sporting a general’s uniform from which is dangling a glittering display of medals and other testimony to his virility, greatness and power.

Of all the social, economic, moral and other costs incurred of being deceived into becoming an EU member nation, the loss of our sense of national integrity and the loss of our trust in our political infrastructure and in ourselves as a sovereign people has been by far the greatest.

Fortunately, there is some hope that we can regain our British sense of fair play and the underlying political and institutional integrity that it once blessed us with. We know exactly how we arrived where we are: we joined the European Union and, in so doing, exposed ourselves to its corrosive corruption.

This diagnosis means we can walk ourselves back from that diseased place, the same way we walked into it, one step at a time, but this time with our eyes wide open. 

We can rediscover our national sense of fairness.

We can reinvigorate and refurbish our democracy and the political and civic institutions that support it.

We can make ourselves once more the global anomaly of fairness and right action that we were not so long ago so proud to be.

But, for us to do that, we have to take that first step out of the darkness, away from the area infested with corruption.

That first step is to leave the EU.

Unless and until we do that, the UK will never recover the pride and pleasure of knowing that, no matter what the rest of the world is up to, we are constantly fighting to be free, democratic, lawful and, above all, trying to be fair to everyone.