[R-P] Fw: [A-List] Punk Thatcherism: a rave from the grave
Julio Fernández Baraibar
julfb en sinectis.com.ar
Lun Mar 18 19:41:43 MST 2002
Compañeros y compañeras, espero que no se enojen ni se harten. Sucede
que circula interesantísima información en el idioma de Benny Hill. Por
ejemplo esta información del britanísimo The Guardian que da cuenta de
las últimas regurgitaciones políticas e ideológicas de nuestra vieja
amiga, o si lo quieren más claro de nuestra amiga vieja -viejísima-,
Carlos Marx sostenía acerca de Henry John Temple, conocido por la
posteridad como Lord Vizconde de Palmerston, Ministro del Foreign
Office británico, posterior a Canning que: "Si no es un buen gobernante
en todos sus trabajos, al menos es un buen actor. Ha tenido éxito en lo
cómico como en lo heroico -tanto en lo sentimental como en lo familiar-,
en la tragedia como en la farsa; aunque lo último pueda resultar más
simpático a sus sentimientos.".
De la misma manera podemos decir que Lady Thatcher debe su fama a sus
dotes de vieja actriz de vodevil que la llevó a sostener sin sonrojarse
que Gran Bretaña ha sido el país que más países ha liberado en el siglo,
refiriendose a las propias colonias que, tras dura lucha, lograron
sacarse de encima la explotación colonial.
Su odio a Europa es similar a su odio al socialismo y a los
Ahí los dejo con sus últimas declaraciones.
Julio Fernández Baraibar
> Britain must quit EU, says Thatcher
> Outburst by ex-PM will embarrass new Tory leader
> Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent
> Monday March 18, 2002
> The Guardian
> Lady Thatcher last night reignited the Conservative debate on Europe
by calling for Britain to start the process of withdrawing from the
European Union, saying the institution was "fundamentally unreformable".
> In an astonishing attack on the European continent, she claimed most
of the problems the world has faced, including Nazism and Marxism, have
come from mainland Europe. She also sided with the former Conservative
Enoch Powell by claiming he had been right to warn in the 1970s that
entry to the Common Market involved an unacceptable loss of sovereignty.
> The former prime minister's remarks in her new book, Statecraft, will
embarrass the Tory leader, Iain Duncan Smith, who has been trying to
take the party away from its obsession with Europe towards mainstream
public service issues.
> He will face a difficult time in the Commons today during a government
statement on the EU summit in Barcelona.
> Tony Blair is bound to seize on Lady Thatcher's remarks to claim the
true Tory agenda is withdrawal from Europe rather than any
> In her book Lady Thatcher calls for Britain to join the North Atlantic
Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), a decision that would be seen by the EU as
incompatible with membership of the 15-strong European single market.
> Lady Thatcher calls for renegotiation of Britain's relations with the
EU, including leaving the common agricultural policy (CAP), the common
fisheries policy and the common foreign and security policy.
> She also demands that Britain reassert its control over trade policy.
None of these demands could be met - except by unanimity on the European
council, an impossible prospect. It would mean Conservative demands
could only be met by withdrawal from the EU altogether.
> "We should have every confidence we can achieve a sensible framework
within which to defend and pursue our interests while having cooperative
relations with the European countries," Lady Thatcher says in her book.
> "The preliminary step I believe should be for an incoming Conservative
government to declare publicly that it seeks fundamental renegotiation
of Britain's terms of EU membership. The objectives would be a with
drawal from the CAP, an end to our adherence to the common fisheries
policy, withdrawal from all the entanglements of a common foreign and
security policy and a reassertion of control of our trade policy."
> In an extraordinary passage she adds: "During my lifetime most of the
problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or another, from
mainland Europe and the solution from outside it.
> "That generalisation is clearly true of the second world war. Nazism
was, after all, a European ideology, the Third Reich an attempt at
European domination. Against both the resolve of Britain, of the
Commonwealth, and decisively of America were successfully brought to
bear. A great victory for liberty was the result."
> The Conservatives at the last election did call for renegotiation of
the fisheries policy and a referendum on any further extension of
substantial EU powers.
> It also suggested a two-speed Europe could be created in which some
integrationist countries could move together at a faster pace, leaving
an outer circle moving more slowly.
> Since the disastrous electoral showing, the Conservatives have
remained largely silent on Europe, preparing instead for a battle on the
single currency in a possible referendum next year.
> Full article at:
> Michael Keaney
> Mercuria Business School
> Martinlaaksontie 36
> 01620 Vantaa
> michael.keaney en mbs.fi
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