Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Jacobite Intelligence: Better Together – in Europe

The Jacobite Intelligence: Better Together – in Europe

'If we step back from the immediate arguments in the independence debate and look at Britain and Europe in a wider historical perspective, the age of the nation state is over. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was the beginning of the end of the nation state, which emerged in the sixteenth century and reached its apogee in the eighteenth century. The Act of Union of 1707 was part of the process of creating a centralised nation state in the British Isles, which culminated in the Act of Union in 1801. Centralised nation states have no future, because the nature of the threats we face demand a unified response based on the shared values of a civilisation rather than the fragmented foreign policies of tiny states. The nations of Europe must unite in a single political structure and aspire to the status of a superpower, to confront Russia and China and set aside the dependence of European nations on America. Westminster was largely responsible for frustrating that process in the 1990s, because politicians were blinkered by narrow British interests. The dissolution of the United Kingdom is a far less frightening prospect than the failure of the European Union to cohere as a meaningful political unit.'

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