Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Foreign Office Europhilia

With the exquisite Downton Abbey no longer a feature of Sunday nights, His Grace was delighted to be invited to some High Edwardian immersion therapy at a memorial dinner held in exquisitely High Edwardian surroundings (the Cavalry & Guards Club) to celebrate a High Edwardian sporting triumph.

The occasion was inevitably tinged with sadness given what followed so soon afterwards in 1914, but descendants and relations of those involved in the ancient gladiatorial contest were able to meet in a spirit of good fellowship to discuss matters past and present.

Late in the evening, as the port circulated, His Grace found himself in conversation with the FCO’s Sir Humphrey, to whom he posed a question having first explained his position as a remote but interested observer: “The United Kingdom faces an existential threat from a foreign power, the European Union, which is committed to the destruction of the UK. One would normally expect the British Prime Minster to explain the nature of such a threat to the electorate together with his plans for prevailing. And yet Mr Cameron does nothing of the sort. Instead, he goes to Brussels to pay the EU even more money. Why is this?”

Sir Humphrey did not disappoint and replied obliquely, “In my department we have just completed a survey of the British national interest, which is the basis upon which we assess things. The survey was designed to calibrate the relevance of all major countries to the UK, taking account of proximity, our energy security, trade, defence, the location of expats and a number of other factors.”

His Grace knew what was coming next.

Sir Humphrey continued with a triumphant gleam in his eye: “And who do you think comes top?”

Fortunately His Grace had learned at a very early age when playing chess that it pays to think more than two moves ahead. “France,” he replied without hesitation, while looking Sir Humphrey straight in the eye.

“Absolutely correct,” said Sir Humprey, “followed by Norway, the United States and Germany, in that order.” Norway seemed something of an outlier in this equation but clearly energy resources are weighted heavily in the departmental model. His Grace was too polite to ask whether the remnants of the Royal Navy were tasked with seizing the Norwegian oil fields for the UK in the event of any threat to other energy supplies, but it’s a thought.

Reassured by His Grace’s evident Francophilia, Sir Humphrey became expansive: “Of course, the French have an extraordinary position with regards to energy. Not only do they more or less control the means of distribution in the UK, but their nuclear policy puts them where we should be but aren’t.”

His Grace ventured an implied criticism: “But aren’t you merely being reactive and accepting the status quo rather than trying to change things pro-actively for the better?”

Sir Humphrey’s answer was predictable, in part: “I feel at home dealing with the French, they’re Europeans, so are we. It’s not like dealing with the Americans who I simply don’t understand. Not long ago I travelled through, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia (all candidates for EU accession) and I was struck by how terribly European they all were.”

We didn’t venture further into the Balkans and avoided Turkey and Albania altogether, their European credentials remaining unchallenged.

At this point His Grace tried to change the direction of the conversation: “Of course, there have been earlier pan-European projects, the Roman Catholic Church to name but one,” he said. “The genius of Catholicism is not unlike the genius of the United States; the lost soul is baptised or the huddled mass is naturalised and both achieve redemption through assuming a new identity, either as a Catholic or as an American, as the case may be. Europe comes nowhere close to this: there is no unified demos.”

Sir Humphrey was somewhat taken aback. “My son has recently returned from the US and you have no idea how different the various states are,” he replied rather lamely.

“Well,” said His Grace, “that’s fairly typical of continental geography but has no immediate bearing on the unified political structure and common culture.”

By this time Sir Humphrey had had enough. “Look,” he said, in tones foreboding finality, “it’s wrong to see Europe as a threat; we see it as an opportunity in terms of the British national interest.”

‘We’, of course, being the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

So, it is just a matter of Sir Humphrey’s judgment after all. The minister is ‘advised’ of the British national interest and the British jury never gets a chance to give a verdict.

Jean Monnet’s proposal to do away with the nations of Europe was re-stated last week by President Van Rompuy.

The EU is the answer to whatever question is put.

The British will find their redemption only in becoming more German.


Anonymous JayBee said...

.. the French have an extraordinary position with regards to energy. Not only do they more or less control the means of distribution in the UK,.....,

I don't like the sound of this at all.

16 November 2010 at 09:19  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

"“The United Kingdom faces an existential threat from a foreign power, the European Union, which is committed to the destruction of the UK."

A very good comment on the brutal reality of the implications of our membership of the EU.
What 'Sir Humphrey' apparently fails to realise, you Cranmer, spell out, namely that we are confronted with a foreign power committed to our destruction as a nation and people.
Like the Nazism of the '30s and WW2, but far more subtle and therefore equally, if not more, dangerous.

Our membership and the national interest are simply incompatible, and yes, you are quite right the "EU is the answer to whatever question is put" - or to repeat the cliche, it is the elephant in the room.
But as we see the current process of the break-up of the Eurozone, once completed, the political raison d'etre of the EU will fall with it, and the great dream of an imposed Euro federalism will disappear.
IMO the EU will be but a distant and unimportant 'comma' in history books to come in less than 50 years from now.
'Time like an ever rolling stream
Bears all its sons away.
They fly forgotten as a dream
Dies at the opening day'

16 November 2010 at 10:27  
Anonymous bluedog said...

From today's DT, 'However, the German government is expected to signal today that Ireland may have to accept a £77 billion bail-out, along with a loss of economic and political independence, as the price of preserving the euro. Mrs Merkel said the single currency was “the glue that holds Europe together”.'

Your Grace

Your comment about the need for the British to become more German is looking horribly prescient.

16 November 2010 at 10:35  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

Not unlinked to this discussion is a very well argued and positive piece by Robert Henderson who makes a very good case for the real priority for England's future and destiny.
Strongly recommended!
" Devolved irresponsibility - a federal Britain"
The link is:
An argument and model for a true federalism in a British context, as opposed to the complete irrelevance of the German/EU hegemony which now prevails.

16 November 2010 at 10:46  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Blimey, yesterday it was converting to Islam today it’s becoming German, whatever next? Swear allegiance to President Van Rumpy Tumpy perhaps and look forward to North Korea joining the EU. But don’t be too pessimistic Crannie, GB plc is open for business, it must be true because the Coalition said so and every British embassy and consulate will henceforth be dedicated to selling our wares rather than wasting time on all that diplomatic nonsense. And what a glittering array of wares we have, the X-Factor, Jonathon Woss, Mr Kipling and his exceedingly good cakes, the Big Society, Little Britain, the Cenotaph, the Queen Mother (oops too late), Tate Morden (its on the Northern Line) and the glorious works of that engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Dyson whose vacuum (oops cyclone) cleaners have made British dust mite free homes the envy of the world.

16 November 2010 at 11:24  
Anonymous Tony B said...

So Sir Humph judges the British national interest in what sounds like reasonably well-thought out terms..and you do so on the basis of.. what..?? Vague blurtings?

16 November 2010 at 11:56  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Piano wire! Come and get yer luverly piano wire! C'mon, Missis, come and feel the quality. There you go. Special offer today, only two quid a yard to you and we'll throw in a lampost for free. None of them EU metrics here. Piano wire! Luverly piano wire!

16 November 2010 at 12:27  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

Your Grace,

Please ensure you are pacing yourself and are comfortably able to maintain what you are doing.

This is now an endless stream of wondrous posts and we would surely despair if you were to take another 'break'.

Take it easy and thanks.

16 November 2010 at 12:39  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

The United Kingdom faces an existential threat from a foreign power ...

Your Grace, the threat to our existence as a nation comes not only from the European Union but from our political élite. The politicians have deceived us for decades over their true intentions for our future as part of a European superstate, and the deception continues under this government.

A question: When political parties betray their country, are those who vote for them complicit in treason?

16 November 2010 at 14:03  
Anonymous UKIPer said...

" Of course, the French have an extraordinary position with regards to energy. Not only do they more or less control the means of distribution in the UK"

EDF sold off the power distribution network to Mr Li in Honk Kong a few months ago. They still control all of our nuclear plants and supply about 20 million customers. Mainly in the South of England.

16 November 2010 at 14:25  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

'Sir Humphrey became expansive: “Of course, the French have an extraordinary position with regards to energy..."'

It's disappointing that Sir Humphrey doesn't seem to know the difference between 'regard' and 'regards' And I thought these mandarins had received expensive educations.

16 November 2010 at 15:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Common sense tells me that because of the almost unanimity of our political class, and the absence of their democratic accountability, Britain will never withdraw from the EU. Never ever.

It should therefore be our aim to reduce the cost of duplication by ridding ourselves of the House of Commons and the House of Lords along with the bloated Civil Service, and most especially the F&CO.

16 November 2010 at 16:58  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Sir Humphry can return to whatever school he came from , as this country knows when it its is getting done over by egotstical spin , even if it has taken a little time . His vote is the same as mine no matter what position he holds and he shouldnt treat so shabbily .

16 November 2010 at 17:19  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Perhaps we might invite the Germans to become British???

This is the second time today, Your Grace, that you have terrified me! F*****g French, or f*****g Islam!

Any more of this and I'm off down my bunker!

16 November 2010 at 17:51  
Anonymous non mouse said...

You remind me that I once inherited a whole trunkful of piano wire, Gnostic. I gave it away to the wrong people: what a 'profit' I could have made, instead!

And anonymous @ 16:58 -- I couldn't agree more. How that politburo continues to get away with all this is remarkable. I was nauseated by their faces at the Remembrance Day ceremonies, - much of the front line is foreign anyway (Clegg and the millipedes).

The Communist/Fabian method of Conquest by subversion has succeeded using techniques of divide and conquer (they polarise us every way they can - even pretending there's still a 'left/right' in politics); manipulation (imposition of their 'philosophy'); and dumbing down (silencing) of the opposition by anti-dialogic techniques. The efficiency of their agents is testament to their 'passionate intensity.'

We have to find our way out of the maze they've penned us in!

16 November 2010 at 19:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will take either a bloody counter-revolution in which the roads around Whitehall run several inches deep in the blood of these traitors, or a Revival on the scale of that last experienced in the days of John Wesley and George Whitfield to extricate us from the Evil Empire.

All the Sir Humphreys and their senior "colleagues" have been betraying the people of this country to a foreign power ever since the Arch-traitor Heath signed the instrument of surrender in 1973.

16 November 2010 at 21:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction - the Arch-traitor Heath signed the Treaty of Rome in 1972.

16 November 2010 at 21:07  
Blogger Owl said...

"Sir Humphrey’s answer was predictable, in part: “I feel at home dealing with the French, they’re Europeans, so are we. It’s not like dealing with the Americans who I simply don’t understand.""

This sums him up perfectly.

If he had lived on the continent he would realize the bloody obvious. The Brits are not Europeans at all. They have no cultural similarities whatsoever. I have lived on the Continent for over 30 years and still have more in common with every American, Canadian, Ozzy or Kiwi you care to name. Sir Humphrey is clueless.

Christianity is under attack from the Socialist/Marxist regime which is running things through their puppet governments. They are aware since the days of old Karl himself that the biggest obstacle in controlling the great unwashed is a religion which puts the emphasis on individuals. These people never learn from history. They failed in Russia and elsewhere because they could not cope with the nature of mankind and ....God.

The radical Muslims are a very small but vocal minority.

The Atheists are about the same.

Our social behaviour engineers love to pit these against Christians to cause unrest and uncertainty (which promotes fear which is excellent to keep everyone off balance).

If we really want to know how Christian our country is, then just talk to your friends and relations. You will very quickly become aware that they also wish to keep their Christian traditions and are reaching a point of exasperation with our moronic politicians who are so busy following orders that they can't see the writing on the wall.

Another thing these strangers to our shores do not even begin to understand is the depth of feeling of the average Brit. At some point in time we reach a tipping point. It takes a long time to get that far but when it arrives then the bearded ones would be advised to stand well clear. Christian tolerance is not bottomless and has nothing to do with weakness which is another thing these strangers do not understand.

I sometimes wonder if the bearded ones even realize how they are being exploited by our socialist elite.

BTW, Claire Khaw is a funny name for a very unscarey islamic radical male with a bushy beard.

16 November 2010 at 23:22  
Anonymous len said...

Politicians who can trust them? There is an ongoing plan for a Federal Europe, how long this has been in existence is anybody`s Guess.

"There will not be a blueprint for a Federal Europe"
(Ted Heath, British Conservative Prime Minister and noted Europhile. Speech in the House of Commons, 25 February 1970 in run-up to EEC entry.)

"Europe's nations should be guided towards the super-state without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation."
(Jean Monnet, Founder of the European Movement. Former Cognac salesman and bureaucrat at the League of Nations. 30 April 1952.)

And so on.............

17 November 2010 at 20:16  

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