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A tale of two ‘Grey Men’

By Mike Cunningham On February 8th, 2014

I am a firm fan of the combative journalist Christopher Booker, and also of his co-writer and EU Referendum blogger Richard North.

I have devoured Mr. North’s book ‘The Many, not The Few’, his deliberate and well-researched exposition on those days of the Battle of Britain, and of the stories, the propaganda, the reality, and the outcome of those days in long-ago 1940 when we literally stood alone against the seemingly overwhelming hordes of Nazi Germany’s aircraft and invasion troops.

I would therefore reccommend a short trip across to my own small site, where I have placed a full copy of a Spectator essay (paywalled) by Christopher Booker, in which they expose, possible for the first time, the extent and philosophies behind the birth of our own nemesis, the European Union. Read it, if you can spare ten or fifteen minutes, and determine for yourselves how far the beliefs, plots and plans of these two ‘Grey Men’ have come since the early years following the Great War.

 

One Response to “A tale of two ‘Grey Men’”

  1. That’s an interesting article, Mike.

    There is, however, always the trap when thinking about the past of thinking from a contemporary perspective and being unable to imagine how men felt at the time. The Great War was, after around 1917, increasingly seen as a terrible wastage of lives and materials, everything that the workers had built up over generations. The blame for it all was fairly placed on nations and nationalism.
    It was natural for decent men to want to overcome national divides to prevent such carnage in the future. (And the biggest disaster that ever happened the world would of course have been avoided if people had heeded them.)

    Another problem was the spread of resources across Europe. Steel was the material of the age, and coal the fuel. Germany had huge coal reserves in the Ruhr, whereas after the war France had the big iron-ore mines in Lorraine. This is one reason why Alsace-Lorraine was always fought over, and why the French occupied the Ruhr in 1922, which led to complete collapse of the German economy and currency.
    Pooling these resources made good sense then and it makes good sense now.

    There is nothing wrong with a United States of Europe in itself, if people want it. The only problem is the current lack of democratic mandate and control.