Will Denmark save Europe from itself?
This greater part of the Jutland peninsula has a plucky recent history. The Danes had the courage to reject the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, and the nation has recently faced the global burning of its flag and the torching of its embassies in response to the Jyllands-Posten cartoons of Mohammed.
Its collective response has been magnificent. There is nothing presently rotten in the state of Denmark; indeed, she defends her liberties with greater zeal than just about all the nations of Europe combined, with the possible exception of Switzerland.
Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has committed his country to resist any moves by the EU to curtail the freedom to criticise religion. He has objected to a recent UN resolution which protects Islam, insisting that ‘people should be able to criticise any religion’. He has also made offers to protect Dutch campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has been abandoned by the Dutch authorities and now lives in hiding, the victim of a fatwa for collaborating on Theo van Gogh’s documentary about the treatment of women in Islam.
In a rebuke to the Netherlands, Mr Rasmussen describes Ms Ali as ‘a symbol of free speech’ who ‘has the right to speak out clearly and enjoy her safety’. And in a challenge to the EU he further asserts: ‘Human rights cannot be dismissed as the internal affairs of any one country’. Especially if that country is a fascist one called Europe.
But his challenge to the EU Empire does not stop there. He also calls for an end to the CAP, an end to EU protectionism, an end to EU navel-gazing, and for the establishment of a free-trade agreement with the US and Canada, and the participation of the EU in a fully-liberal global market. Cranmer eagerly awaits news of a Danish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
It used to fall to the United Kingdom to confront the Continental European oligarchs who subjugated the liberties of the people and exercised supreme tyrannical powers of state and government. But Denmark, with Britain and Switzerland, has a Protestant heritage, and is consequently more democratic and open, with less tolerance of centralised control.
With Switzerland wisely out of the EU, and Britain unwisely and seemingly content to assume vassal status, cry ‘God for Rasmussen, Denmark, and St Canute!’