I did warn people about the Euro in the late 1990s, when it was all new and what a previous boss of mine called “so shiny”. Rashly, I even took on a £25 bet with a young YEM fellow whose name now escapes me, and which I lost: what was that the Euro would fall irreversibly below 50p within a year of issue. I lost, and paid him.
I think he was called Nick something or other. If you’re reading this, Nick, then you’ll know who you are, and I’d like to talk to you again about the Euro although you might not want to as it seems to have hit on some inconveniences and embarrassments. And no, I don’t want the money back, it’s quite all right: anyway, I expect you and your bureaucrats have probably spent it long ago.
Perhaps the EUSSR founding fathers made an error in their strategic plan, when, due to the time when they set us all off on our journey to their Promised Land, the overt use of terror-police was, er, sort of slightly out-of-favour for the present, as there were lots of Americans still wandering about in Europe, with guns and tanks and planes, and able to give stockings, popcorn, tomato-juice in 4-pint-tins (I always loved it when “Graham” came to visit my mother, having been to the “PX” at Lakenfield or somewhere), and candy to anyone they fancied. (I’m not saying that occupying Americans were deliberately being shallow, non-serious, bird-pulling, or non-communautaire, or anti-Marxist: just being kind to people they would have met.)
But maybe if they-Monnet/Schumann-bastards put the terror-mechanisms in place first, and publicly shot several dozen “dissidents and negative-thinking unfit reactionaries”, and only then gone for “economic union”, then they might justhave succeeded. Public terror of anything disorderly would have been at a high potential level still, and people would have queued to “hand in” anyone looking like he wanted to argue about stuff the authorities said. They’d also possibly have got us too, in the UK, irrevocably snared in the jaws of their jinntrap.
But then they’d have looked exactly like their brothers-in-thought, who we’d just anihilated a few months before. And worse – or at least as bad -they’d have looked just like the other lot of Nazi scumbag Marxists who thought the same, over the other side of the Elbe from Torgau, who’d just revealed their own faces finally, and who came from somewhere further east.