Thursday, 24 January 2013

What Europe Says About ‘Us’

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Turns out no-one really likes the EU.

But why not? Why do we care whether some random unpopular people in Brussels decide things or some random unpopular people in London?

Probably because they’re ‘our’ random unpopular people in London. They’re elected by people like us in a way we understand. We might sometimes hate Parliament but we couldn’t really imagine disbanding it. Because at the end of the day, someone has to represent us.

Us.

Us.

That’s the key word.

And that’s the problem with Europe. Who’s the ‘us’?

Europe’s not a nation, it’s a nice place to visit. It’s not an ‘us’ – its a number of different ‘us’s. A German us, a French ‘us’, an Italian ‘us’. 25 ‘us’s in fact.

And without a sense of ‘us’ – no parliament works – for there is no ‘us’ to represent.

And that’s why we should worry about the UK becoming more divided by age, by income, by ethnicity, by faith. For when Britain becomes a series of ‘us’s – who can govern? 

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