The strange death of left-wing Euroscepticism

How did being a decent leftie come to mean sneering at Eurosceptics where it used to mean being one? Partly it’s about the politics of fear. Lonely, lost leftists, now more likely to fear ordinary people and their passions than want to stir them up, are desperate to dodge any kind of political and institutional upset, because who knows what would happen as a result. And so they cling to Brussels, viewing it as the political glue of a continent they fear would otherwise be rent asunder by conflict and prejudice and stupidity. There’s also a strong whiff of virtue signalling. Being pro-EU is sometimes a pretty thoughtless stance, designed to show you’re Good and Cosmopolitan and not like those fat blokes with tattoos who pronounce England with three syllables. It’s like wearing a ribbon.

But more fundamentally, the strange death of left-wing Euroscepticism speaks to the left’s abandonment of the ideal of democracy.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

  • Observer

    But Belgium has brought true freedom to Europe just like it did to the Congo!

    • JoKeR

      You vill do what the EU vants!
      They have their vays!

  • Basically, the EU is like the UN – a stepping stone to World Government, which is the ultimate Leftist ideal. That’s why leftists fanatically support the EU.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    ” … a strong whiff of virtue signalling.”
    Yes, always strikes me as reminiscent of ‘pig farm’.

  • UCSPanther

    The EU is Yugoslavia writ large. It is forcing groups of people with a long history of warring with other into one nation, and it will surely share the same fate as Yugoslavia. The only difference is that they are adding catalysts in the form of multiculturalism, which will only make the process faster and way more violent…