Don’t Ask The Canadian Media.
from the Professor
By Robin Mathews
June 15, 2014
What Is The Significance Of The “Eurosceptics”? The European Union Haters? Don’t Ask The Canadian Media.
have to be reasons for the downright, fundamental badness of present
Major Media work in Canada. People still go to CBC – and to CBC Radio
especially – believing the fiction that there they will get some real
reporting and real analysis. It isn’t so.
parlous state of Western democracies and Western economics – and, by
extension, the parlous state of the rule of law and malfunctioning
parliaments – Canadians should be hearing sharp analysis that sets them
on their heels and makes them think and act. Especially from the
Take this very Sunday and Michael
Enright, host of the long Sunday Morning show (that has the opportunity
to be the most important broadcast in Canada and never, never is.) The
problem is not, for a moment, a matter of budget. Radio has the
wonderful ability to interview and hear from top intelligences at almost
no cost. The problem, rather, is of sell-out, of complacency, of
buddy-hunting, of wanting to be part of The Canadian Establishment, of
“Pay, Perq’s, and Privileges”.)
The subject today was
the sudden appearance of parties and people in Europe who are enemies of
The European Union, “Eurosceptics” – who have won a place in the
European Parliament. In Canada there are, perhaps, a hundred people who
could address that matter with clarity, with responsibility, and who
could relate it intimately to the politics of Canada now.
so Michael Enright went to Bradford University in the United Kingdom to
interview Paul Rogers (whom he calls my friend) who is (what is called )
a specialist in “Peace Studies” there. As Winston Churchill once said
what followed was “the bland leading the bland”.
followed was a rather slimey suggestion that anti-semites and dirty
fascists are waiting in the wings to grab power in Europe and to do …
well … to do … well, we know what they do.
there are in Europe many Right forces which are anti-European Union.
And there are, doubtless, slimey fascists who would love to get hold of
power in Europe. What’s new? They are even effectively at work (and in
governments) in Canada – but that subject is too unpopular with the
Canadian Establishment for Michael Enright to go anywhere near it ...
ever. They are there. But they are not the real story. They are the
product of the real story. In Canada as well as in Europe.
Enright – as if popping out of 1954 and McCarthyism – asks, you know,
like, what about anti-Semitism in Europe? What about old Nazi Germany?
Like, what about Xenophobia? Like what about all those awful things
that that we know spell the advent of Nazism, Fascism, brute repression?
It is as if he is saying: “Okay everyone, support repression of
legitimate, even parliamentary opposition, learn to hate it because it
is fighting the huge global corporate power that is taking over the
European Union and turning it to profit, profit, profit for corporations
at the expense of the people of Europe. Fight those nasty people who
are running in elections and winning seats in the European parliament -
and upsetting the entrenched thieves and fraudsters.
story of Right Forces in Europe is NOT the story of the anti-European
Union people on the Right, in the Centre, and on the Left in Europe. The
story is about what has happened to make people in Europe increasingly
anti-European Union ... now, and sure to grow in the future.
is the story Michael Enright and the CBC should be tracking carefully
and brilliantly. Instead, it is the story they are determined not to
tell. The story they are determined to cover up. The story they will
not go to the hundred Canadians to hear told. But will go to the
University of Bradford in England to find someone to do a cover-up job
on the story (even if Paul Rogers doesn’t know how he’s being used).
isn’t – the story – complicated (though it’s intricate) – and we can
ignore the intricacies because it is a pretty straight-up story of dirty
tricks and power-grabbing.
For instance, when the
Soviet Empire collapsed, the U.S./NATO moved in with Shock Economics
Advisors and helped bring Russia to its knees for years, helped create
the oligarchs of Russia and their gigantic theft of Russia’s wealth, and
moved NATO closer and closer to Russia’s borders. (No financial
assistance to a Russia on its knees. No help with slow transformation
of State-owned enterprise to mixed and private ownership, Crown
Corporations, etcetera.) The NATO West DIDN’T attempt to bring Russia
into a cooperative, collaborative, consenting freely influenced and
influencing community. It helped set up everything that was bad.
And now the West faces a rather truculent Vladimir Putin. Ungrateful wretch that he is!
Put the matter simply … for it is, in effect, a simple matter….
the late 1950s, thinking upon the incredible brutality and destruction
of the Second World War, some men and women decided Europe had to do
better. It had to collaborate. It had to build ties and relations that
would make it impossible for any single European nation to set about a
mad program of repression and conquest and destruction of European
civilization. It had to make a “European community”, a cooperative,
collaborative, consenting, freely influenced and influencing community.
And since the late 1950s it has worked on that program. Except ….
there are immense riches at stake and there for those who can grab them
if they can pervert the idea of the “European Community” and make it
something very different.
THAT is what is behind the emergence of “far right and far left” forces in the recent European Union elections.
we have to introduce a few ugly factors. The International Monetary
Fund (with Headquarter in New York, USA) has used its power to pauperize
European countries. The European Central Bank has generally followed
the lead of the IMF. The mad explosion of huge financial
failures (credit swaps, etc. etc.) in the U.S. was exported to Europe to
rob it of wealth. (Remember Goldman Sachs actively helped with the
economic collapse of Greece). And more. That is to say European
problems are not just local, by any means.
But they are local, too.
has its own thieves and fraudsters. It has huge corporations who want
cheap labor – if possible slave labour. It has organizations of
corporate executives that lobby and lobby the European Union and buy and
bribe legislators and civil servants, and work to get a Europe that is
corporation-friendly ... corporation governed. It is probably fair to
say they have recruited and/or placed the major officers of the European
Commission. That is the semi-civil service, semi-legislating body that
is not elected … and pretends it only “puts forward” ideas like the
transatlantic free trade idea. It doesn’t legislate; it just provides
intricate legislation to the legislators who have not, necessarily,
asked for it.
It was those Civil Servants (?) who
(working from the European Commission) cooked up a three volume New
Constitution for Europe in 2005. Constitutions are usually – when long –
a number of pages. This “Constitution” was three volumes long!!
Because it was a “Constitution” some countries required a national
referendum on its approval. The French media, mostly, rejoiced at it
and recommended acceptance. (A lot of the media of Europe sold out from
the start.) Other governments approved the New Constitution without
The French unions and some media people read
the three volumes … and choked. It gave preference before human
rights, social protections, and individual freedoms to the policies of
large corporations. The French went to work to publicize the real story
of the Constitution … and the French people rejected it.
Dutch people rejected it. And then it was withdrawn before the British
people could also reject it. Victory for the people of the European
Union. Except …
Except the European Commission went to
work, wrote a treaty to be called The Lisbon Treaty, giving the
corporations as much as possible from the failed Constitution, and got
the treaty passed at Lisbon in 2007
by governments that didn’t
have to consult their people in referendum. (They had to have a
referendum on a new Constitution, but not on a Treaty!)
picture is plain. The European Commission, the European Central Bank,
the IMF, the U.S. government, AND MOST OF THE EUROPEAN NATIONAL
GOVERNMENTS are now instruments of the big global corporations.
England’s government, France’s government, Germany’s government – the
powerful governments of Europe – are instruments of the corporations
wanting to milk Europe and to oppress its population.
Europe the attack is on against pensions, wages, education, health care,
etcetera. France is a good example. A SOCIALIST president, Francois
Hollande acts as a total lackey to U.S./NATO demands, and he supports
almost all of the initiatives by the large corporations in Europe.
sums up the problem and explains the anti-European Union,
“Eurosceptics” winning seats in the European parliament. They are
called “far left and far right” movements because the semi-Conservatives
in power in Germany, the “Socialists” in France, the
Conservative/Liberals in power in Britain all support the takeover of
the European Union by large global corporations wishing to flatten the
population of Europe, to ransack its wealth, and to oppress the working
people of the continent.
Look at England, just for
instance. Xenophobia? Hatred of foreigners? Screams for limits on
immigration? Terrible? Not at all. The corporation/government
alliance of Europe has opened up overall migration so that very low wage
countries are now pouring out huge numbers to places like England where
the new arrivals are REALLY threatening wage levels, really threatening
social securities. So? So some of the English are asking for
standards, for assurances, for limitations if standards of living are
threatened. Some of them are getting elected to the European
parliament. That is a simple, human demand for fairness.
Michael Enright and Paul Rogers touched on (very quickly, and then ran
away) the fact that in England the chance to get low wages set is
being exploited by corporations because there are so many
near-destitute people “from away” willing to bring down wage standards.
story is the global story. Global corporations are doing everything
they can to replace governments of the people. They are bribing,
brain-washing, and coercing governments to go along with the corporate
agenda. Slowly … slowly … slowly populations are waking to the fact that
their governments in power are selling them out – and are being
assisted by national and international media in the sell-out.
Michael Enright and Paul Rogers of Bradford University in England to
talk about the “dangerous” people winning seats in the European
parliament. But not to talk about why they have appeared and what has
created them. Or to suggest that they may be the vanguard of a movement
that has to take place to save the great ideal of a European Community.