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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

May 20, 2005


Looks like the French are 50/50 yes/no over the UE constitution. This article from The Guardian talks about pro-EU ministers blaming Chirac for the lacklustre and confused Yes campaign.

The problem here is that the French aren't really saying No to the constitution. They're saying, er, no to the Euro. The same Euro they said, er, yes to a few years ago.

But now they've been living with it for a while and they still hate it.

They still mentally translate prices into Francs and know that everything is more expensive now. Their economy is in the basket, and people are losing jobs all over. And they blame the Euro.

When you do that quintessentially French thing and sit at a corner cafe for a cup of coffee and know that every time you do that you're being ripped off, you start to have negative thoughts.


  • Medievalism again.

    It's very difficult to get a sense of ownership about Europe.

    Just as it's taken a long time to get people thinking of the United Kingdom as a single entity and something to which they belong, likewise it will take several generations to accept the concept of Europe.

    We've all been brought up to think of Great Britain as this huge isolated and fortified Kingdom.

    But it ain't. We as a people are not a world-dominating empire now, any more than the romans, the normans, the moors, or the vikings are.

    And so long as anyone sees Europe as "Them and Us" it ain't gonna work.

    Basically Europe is us AND them. We are European, not English. Whether that sounds wrong to you or not is the litmus test.

    Everything else boils down just to teething troubles.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 3:42 am  

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