By Calvin Palmer
I didn’t fancy watching the Tom Brady show on Monday Night Football last night. I said to my wife that it would probably end with a 45-6 victory for the New England Patriots against the Kansas City Chiefs. My prediction was pretty good, the Patriots won 35-3.
The Turner Classic Movie Channel was showing a 1950s movie with an instantly forgettable title. Five seconds were enough to know that it wasn’t my cup of tea.
I ended up shoving Sink The Bismarck! into the DVD player.
Kenneth More gives an impeccable performance of how the British used to conduct themselves. When news of the sinking of the German pocket battleship came through to the Admiralty ops room, there were no whoops and hollers. A pat on the back was sufficient reward for a job well done.
In a rare moment of emotion, when More’s character learned that his son, a gunner on a Fairey Swordfish aeroplane, had been rescued after being reported missing in action, there were no gushing hugs or Disney-type sentimentality. More’s character shed a few momentary tears. He then got back to the business in hand.
When the film ended, it struck me that the rallying cry these days should be “Sink the euro!”
I have no argument with a European common market that allows the free movement of goods and people between member states but the alarm bells began to ring for me when a single currency was first mooted. Thanks goodness the British had the good sense not to join.
It now appears, through the ongoing euro crisis — a situation that was blatantly obvious right from the beginning – the goal is the creation of a German-dominated United States of Europe, in effect a Fourth Reich, however benign it may turn out to be.
I have nothing against the Germans. I like them. Berlin is my favourite city in the world. But I would object to German politicians and bureaucrats having the final say on what is in the best interests of the United Kingdom.
Such a situation seems a likely outcome with the Chamberlain-like appeasers at the helm of British politics at the moment. And should this European superstate come about, it would be an insult to not only the sacrifice made by the crew of HMS Hood but also all British and Commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives to liberate Europe from German occupation. It would also make a mockery of Britain’s finest hour.
If we are so enamoured with German dominance of Europe, we should have appointed Lord Halifax as Prime Minister in 1940 instead of Winston Churchill. Halifax was keen to sue for peace with Hitler, although it is doubtful that a peace treaty would have been honoured for very long.
I realize the dire impact that would occur on the global economy with the implosion of the euro but maybe it is better to take the stiff medicine now and make a fresh start.
It is pretty clear that the world needs a major rethink on how economies are run. The fall of the euro could well herald a new age where the global economy is run for the benefit of the many and not just the privileged few.
And if it is deemed that the euro cannot and must not fail, how long can Britain continue be a part of the EU but remain outside of the euro? Even now civil servants in Whitehall are probably busy working on a way to sell the end of the pound to the British people.
It will be a dark day in British history if Britain relinquishes its currency. So I say again, “Sink the euro!”
Time to set off on another sortie in the old Fairey Swordfish.
“Chocks away, Ginger!”