Victor S. has an excellent piece expanding on this column by George Monbiot. It’s about a truly bizarre – but entirely real – attempt to weaken workers’ rights and protections across Europe, in the name of ‘harmonisation’. (Nice word, ‘harmonisation’. Victor’s piece is very good on ‘harmonisation’.) Meaders‘ comment on this is worth a look, too.
Anyway, what really struck me about the Monbiot column was this:
For those of us who recognise that absolute sovereignty is impossible in the face of globalisation, and that ours is not a choice between alignment and isolation but a choice between alignment with Europe or alignment with the United States, his proposal suggests that we might as well give up: either way we get market fundamentalism.
What, so supporting the Social Chapter and laughing at Kilroy and being a good European isn’t enough? You mean… gasp… the struggle will have to… continue?