At times like these I look back to Scotland's great struggle for freedom as summarised in the Declaration of Arbroath drafted by the Abbot of Arbroath, Bernard of Kilwining on 6th April 1320 and sent to the Pope at Avignon shortly after. It was signed by 51 nobles but unlike the earlier Magna Carta, also dealt with the rights of ordinary. The Abbot wrote as most of the nobles could not write and assented by attaching their seal. The article below covers the main points. I have just noticed the last name on the list of signatories,
Thomas de Morham
Morham is a tiny hamlet with a population now of around 25, south of Haddington. My aunt ran a one teacher school there for 15 years and I spent many wet days reading the teachers diary for the 18 hundreds. Morham was also the birthplace of John Knox Scotland's great protestant religous leader
The US declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson drew heavily on the ideas of the Arbroath declaration.. Its no coincidence that John Knox Witherspoon, formerly minister of Paisley kirk and headhunted to be President of Princeton was a big influence on Jefferson and a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress and helped draw up an sign the US Declaration of Independence.
The part of the Declaration of Arbroath that resonates with me today is the following
It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
It rightly puts freedom first above wealth or should we say the economy ,Single Market and Customs union for without freedom you are a slave, and a German slave in the case of the EU. it makes me sick to hear these political non-entities talk endlessly that we must put jobs first and stay in the single market.
No, No, No
as Mrs Thatcher once said its freedom ie freedom from the ECJ that must come first or you have nothing. The Abbot had it dead right 700 years ago.
Ask any of these politicians to define the so called single market. I wager none can tell you. Its not actually a market at all!
Its a set of rules that tries to harmonise national trade rules at EU level. WTO rules do that only they do it for the whole world
EU single market rules benefit the Germans above all. The rules still do not cover services 30 years after the misleading term single market was coined but then what is the EU but a collection of Franco Prussian deceits.?