Virtue Signalling & Democracy versus Populism

One of the most nauseating features of the post referendum period is the effortless assumption of superiority by those who lost the vote. They are, they maintain, the educated people, the successful people, the outward-looking liberal people, the idealistic young and the truly compassionate. The European Union, they believe, is an institution which affirms all those values and reinforces their already exceedingly good opinion of themselves.

They are, of course, in favour of democracy – after all, the EU has its own elected parliament where the peoples’ voices are heard! But when the people vote against this wonderful European construct, that decision is not democracy but populism. Then the voice of the people must either be disregarded completely or they must be made to vote again until they come to their senses and conform to the pattern of the benevolent EU project.

After all, the voters of France, the Netherlands and Ireland have all had this sort of treatment and quietly resumed happy fulfilled lives within the great harmonious European polity. This has not been done by any external force or coercion but by powerful people within each member state who have given their first loyalty and duty to the European Union above that which ordinary people owe to their own country. One of their most vigorous advocates is a Mr. Westerman who writes to papers all over the place from his home in Wales. On October 28, I responded to a letter of his in the Derby Telegraph where he had made such assertions.

C.N. Westerman brackets Nigel Farage with the late British fascist leader, Sir Oswald Mosley. (“Populism in politics can arrest critical thinking” October 24).

This is most misleading as Sir Oswald was a keen advocate of European union, which Nigel Farage certainly is not.

Euro-fanatic Kenneth Clarke twice invited Sir Oswald to address the Cambridge University Conservatives while another then student, Michael Howard, resigned in protest. Perhaps we should not read too much into the genial Clarke’s youthful enthusiasm.

While the European project drew on many ideological sources, including Christian Democracy (Konrad Adenauer), Socialism (Paul Henri Spaak) and Communism (Altiero Spinelli), there is no doubt of the transfer of Nazi principles and personalities to the post war era.

For years I puzzled over the origin of the EU’s biggest project, the Common Agricultural Policy. It was so grotesquely bureaucratic and alien to the common sense system we had before, I just could not place the ideology behind it.

It was not until 2002 when someone sent me a German book, “European Economic Community”, that I knew beyond reasonable doubt. It was a collection of papers by senior figures in government, industry, diplomacy and academia, published in Berlin in 1942.

I translated the lead paper * by Walther Funk, Reichsminister for the Economy and President of the Reichsbank. Apart from uncomplimentary references to Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt, there is hardly anything in it which has not come out of the European Commission and European Movement in the last fifty years. The similarities are just too many to be merely coincidental.

The first President of the European Commission, Dr. Hallstein, was previously member of the “National Socialist League of Protectors of the Law” and addressed a Nazi rally in early 1939 on unifying the legal system in territories under German control. Much of his post war activity was spent in “harmonising” the legal systems of EU member states.

Perhaps one reason people think politicians of the main parties are “all the same” arises from their leaders, until recently, all being enthusiasts in the common cause of subjection to the EU – effectively a one-party state with a deceptive choice of flavours.”

So the “nice” people don’t look quite so nice now, do they? Kenneth Clarke was fascinated by Mosley and fascism as a young man and certainly retains Mosley’s euro-fanaticism. Clarke hoped to see the day when Parliament was reduced to a mere “council chamber in Europe” – and he could have become Prime Minister. Just imagine the fuss, if somebody of his background had been prominent in the independence movement!

The Nazis, of course, were heirs to earlier German plans for domination of Europe. On 9th September 1914 the First World War was over a month old and the Imperial German Chancellor, Bethmann Hollweg, thought he had better get some war aims. Here is an excerpt from his memo.

Russia must be thrust back as far as possible from Germany’s Eastern frontier and her domination over non-Russian vassal peoples broken…..We must create a Central European Economic Association through common customs treaties to include France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria-Hungary and perhaps Italy, Sweden and Norway.

The association will not have any common constitutional supreme authority and all members will be formally equal but in practice under German leadership and must stabilise Germany’s economic dominance over central Europe”.

The unique thing about the EU is the addition of that “common constitutional supreme authority” –  the EU Commission – the true legacy of Monnet, Schuman & Co. It has not prevented the continuing “Drang nach Osten” – the process of EU enlargement to the East in the interests of German economic domination. The proxy wars in former Yugoslavia in the Nineties and in the Ukraine today testify to that and also give the lie to the EU’s myth of uniquely peaceful intent. Few people realise that British soldiers are already stationed in the Ukraine – effectively to defend Germany’s sphere of influence.

The peace of Europe would be much better secured if the German ruling class forgot expansionism – even if it is wrapped in an EU flag- and recalled Bismarck’s great dictum on foreign policy. “First make a good treaty with Russia”.

* To get the full translation Google “The European Union’s Evil Pedigree” . This is on the website .

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  1. Derek ReynoldsReply

    Mr. Spalton’s words remind me of a book I read by Dr. Phillip Day entitled ‘Ten Minutes to Midnight’. In it he puts forward the idea that the EU was conceived by the Nazis in a German bunker in Berlin in 1942. Later I learned about Monnet and coal and steel, and I thought Day had been a little off track. But maybe not, and whilst the influence is there, I also have read that powers far higher than state politicians and governments have been controlling global events all along. Their desire is to wield power and profit from it. To them, the world is their plaything. They have no ultimate goal, they have all the wealth and power beyond anyone can imagine, their fascination is in the game. Governments, nation states, wars and poverty are their moves played by the pieces – all the peoples of the world. They are not on the ‘chess board’, they are not even moving the pieces. They are in the shadows, guiding, manipulating, plotting. It’s centuries old, and so well hidden that any who suggest its exposure are instantly labelled conspiracy theorists. The EEC/EU is just one of many ‘moves’ to see what happens next, and the game goes on. Are we in a Jumanji?

  2. veraReply

    David Attenborough can be added to the list of the superior twerps, those that assume they know better whilst voting to remain in the clutches of the EU – quislings I call them. Having watched the EU for nearly 20 years I have yet to discover one good reason to give up our sovereignty to a foreign unelected undemocratic corrupt body and paying vast sums of money for the privilege. Perhaps he would like to enlighten me. The public who voted for Brexit overall may not be so well educated or sophisticated but they have common sense in spades and they recognise a con when they see it.

  3. Edward SpaltonReply

    Derek & Vera

    Do Google “The European Union’s Evil Pedigree” .
    I wrote an introduction and a note on the standards adopted in translation.
    Have a read of what Funk & his colleagues were thinking.
    I sweated blood on that translation to get it right!
    Contrary to received wisdom there were some bright people amongst the Nazi
    hierarchy. Sir Nevile Henderson, the pre war ambassador in Berlin, thought Funk
    was a man you could do business with. Perhaps that’s why he escaped the
    hangman and ended up working in post war education in Lower Saxony.

  4. Gordon WebsterReply

    Many people may never have heard of Rodney Artkinson, and the Bubble Dwellers may think of him as a joke figure, but I read all of the above, and much much more, in Rodney Atkinson’s books “And Into The Fire,” etc years ago. I have followed the Freenations Website and learned even more. When Atkinson and McWhirter tried to raise a Misprision of Treason many years ago, they had no support.
    perhaps all sides of the Leave side of the argument should get together and start sharing knowledge and information. Make no mistake, the more I observe the current behaviour of European Politicians, the more I feel that our own Political Elite are our enemy, and there may be something (Soros) in the Kalergi Plan.

  5. Edward SpaltonReply


    Rodney’s research is very revealing of aspects of the EU project which “the great and the good” have been very successful in suppressing. Indeed I contributed to one of the chapters in “Into the Fire”. As mentioned in my article above, the Nazis drew on their predecessors in their way of looking at the world (“Weltanschauung”) and forming their policy for Europe. There is a good account of this on the German website Just click the “History” button at the top of the title page.

    If we had been taught history in Germany, we would know that the country came together as an economic unit in the Zollverein (customs union) in the early nineteenth century – the first modern “Common Market”, long before it was politically united. The country was composed of many small states which co-operated very successfully in this manner. As the project developed, they formed the idea that the less developed parts of Eastern and South Eastern Europe were Germany’s “natural economic hinterland” and should become a source of food and raw materials as well as a market for Germany’s manufactured goods – rather as Britain and France had their empires. This was the original concept of the “European Living Space” before the intense racial policies of the Nazis.

    The other formative influence was the idea of “Geopolitik” as an academic discipline – that the total environmental, mineral, natural resources etc were determinative of a state’s political destiny. “Geopolicy” is actually a better translation than “Geopolitics”. This developed during the nineteenth century but came to the boil in the Twenties as a “scientific” justification for demanding the revision of the Versailles treaty. Politicians, mostly of the Right but some of the Left, took it up and it became embedded in the school curriculum and universities before the Nazi era – and the outlook (Weltanschauung) is still influential.

    Probably the two most influential thinkers were the ones I call “the two Freds” – Friedrich List, the economist of the Zollverein and Friedrich Ratzel – the political geographer and theoretician of “Lebensraum”. List is still held in high esteem, as a fore-runner of the EU. He appeared on postage stamps both in communist East Germany (as contributing to the railway network) and in capitalist West Germany for his idea of a “common market”. People are quieter about Ratzel these days.

    When I first started reading grown-up newspapers in the Fifties “Geopolitics” was a dirty word – a bastard, Nazi science on a par with Dr. Mengele’s ghastly experiments. Now it pops up everywhere!

    To “the two Freds”, you could add a third – Friedrich Nietzche . The way in which his ideas came to be interpreted – or misinterpreted (particularly “the death of God” and his “Uebermensch” (loosely Superman) were influential with the Nazis.

    The point is that none of these were actually Nazi. It was the way their ideas were adapted and used by their successors.

    Kalergi is a sort of photographic negative of the Nazis, isn’t he? Like Hitler, out of that strange supra national melting pot of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which which also produced Freud and Wittgenstein.
    Indeed, it has been established that Hitler and Wittgenstein were pupils of the Linz Realschule at the same time. There was a tendency to suicide in the Wittgenstein family and it was thought a good idea to send the lad out of the atmosphere of Vienna to calm down among the country boys of Linz!

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