Wow, Bogpaper Towers is on fire! We’ve got another guest contributor joining us – The Commonwealth Crusader.
As Britain inevitably and inexorably distances itself from a centralised, undemocratic and sclerotic Europe and begins to make good the grievous errors made since 1945, it is necessary to put in place a new structure, or rather to revert to a previous structure.
It was the parliaments of the core Commonwealth countries that voted without hesitation to support Britain in the struggles of both WWI and WWII. It was these countries that mobilised and made victory possible. England did not stand alone; it was generously supported by the Commonwealth and we must never forget the two and a half million Indians who volunteered and fought for Britain’s cause during 1939-45, a massive contribution without which the story might be very different. But why do we not stand together now?
On a fateful occasion in December 1945 John Maynard Keynes surrendered both Imperial Preference and a pegged Sterling/Dollar in return for a US loan to Britain. At a stroke not only was Britain’s trading and financial position undermined but we also turned our backs on our most loyal allies and trading partners, and wandered off on a fruitless search for the European pipedream. J M Keynes was the one man who would have understood the consequences of the deal made with the Americans. It would turn out to be a devastating blow committed by a much applauded intellect. It is true that Russia’s agenda starkly portrayed by the Berlin Airlift and subsequent formation of NATO also distracted our attention as we contended with the Cold War.
As Britain’s fortunes declined following nationalisation and misgovernment, and despite being the largest beneficiary of Marshall Aid our Foreign Office and successive governments began to slip towards a European ‘solution’. We now have to make good the muddling of the last 60 years.
A Commonwealth Defence Force must be created with shared leadership, costs, and responsibilities. To consolidate this structure we need to return to a common travel area between the core Commonwealth countries with whom Britain’s current permanent seat on the UN Security Council would be shared on a rotating basis. We would have a defence capability of, say, three operational carrier fleets, a meaningful force that can work for good around the globe. Organisations such as BAE Systems need to be part of a Commonwealth defence industry. Enough time and energy has already been wasted with Europe.
This may seem a military solution, but it is not; it is a social solution of a group of nations of like minded people. Once this dynamic and long term strategy has been re-established the rest falls into place. We lost our way after 1945. We must now return to the liberal democracies that England created, which have been anchors of sanity during troubled times, and bind ourselves together again to avoid the same mistake. The world will be a safer place. If Britain’s politicians do not have the gumption to do the necessary, we must turn to the Commonwealth leaders. We already share the same formidable Head of State.
This is not a search of greatness or a dream but a formula for common sense, security and well being, providing a long term strategy for the Commonwealth core members and to the benefit of the world at large. The European venture was never meant for Britain; we with our partners have a more important mission.
Perhaps this is a mission statement for the UKIP Party.