Friday, 4 July 2014
In the comments there was some suggestion that pre and post WW2 the UK and France considered joining together. Well, there were proposals. The Churchill one was a desperate idea to keep the fleeing French in the war. By the time Reynaud's government received it they were just 12 hours from surrender. The later one, the Guy Mollet one, was a serious suggestion for France to merge with the UK as one nation, or to join the Commonwealth. Quite astonishing for a French Prime Minister to have suggested such a thing and it was unlikely to have been supported by the French people, who were never asked. He was a terrible, terrible socialist leader, creating a new word for duplicity.
CityUnslicker was rightly horrified at the thought of the UK and French economies attempting any kind of economic or political union. We are so different.
As the UK was privatising during the 1980's the French were nationalising. They are still nationalising as their private companies look elsewhere. Historically England and France are the bitterest of enemies. A hundred years war is a long time to do battle.
The Triple Entente , which we will be hearing a lot about next month, sprung from the Entente Cordiale, only signed in 1904. Up to that point all British military plans had had France as the most likely enemy. France, then America.
And then there was the disaster of WW2.. the rebuilding .. the EEC..leaving NATO .German reunification... The EU .. The Euro..we just don't see eye to eye on very much. If we were to marry, it wouldn't last long.
However, there IS a solution.
France is a left wing, monarchy free, republic, that favours state intervention and state control over privatisation and free markets. They are beset by occasional periods of centre right government which never seem to help them very much.
The UK is a right wing, constitutional monarchy, that tends to believe the opposite, but is occasionally beset by periods of centre left government which never seem to help very much.
The solution is obvious!
The right wing thinking and voting French public pack their bags, hop on a ferry, and arrive in the UK, ready to move into the vacated houses of the die hard socialists and EU Liberals who have been moving the other way.
France becomes a true left wing socialist paradise with all the public sector comforts that brings, and the UK has the opportunity to test its ideas on low taxation and less regulation to see if they work.
And, I would suggest the French let us take their semi-private healthcare system and they can take our fully socialist one. We should probably let them have the state funded BBC, in exchange for their state owned but expansionist energy companies?..Oh..They are already here!
Posted by Bill Quango MP