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A Europe We Can Believe In: A Family Policy We Can Support

In May, a group of conservative intellectuals from across Europe, including British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, met in Paris.

They were brought together by their concern about the ‘false Europe’ currently promoted by the continent’s governing class, arrogant liberals, virtue-signalling progressives and faceless eurocrats who stalk the corridors of power in Brussels and elsewhere; and by a desire to defend and promote the ‘true Europe’, our “precious and irreplaceable civilisation… a community of nations… that is marked by Christianity… and draws inspiration from the Classical tradition of ancient Greece and Rome”.

The result of their deliberations was published on 7th October in The Paris Statement: A Europe We Can Believe In’. Although often couched in scholarly language, the Statement is a blockbuster and a gold mine – a blockbuster of analysis as it blows open the hollow pretensions of the ‘false Europe’ also known as the EU, and a goldmine of right thinking as it provides many intellectual riches within the tight argumentation of its mere 36 paragraphs.

For instance, in the third paragraph they write this precise, searing, illuminating condemnation of the continent’s political leaders:

  1. The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress. They believe that History is on their side, and this faith makes them haughty and disdainful, unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing. Moreover, they are ignorant of the true sources of the humane decencies they themselves hold dear—as do we. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook. Sunk in prejudice, superstition and ignorance, and blinded by vain, self-congratulating visions of a utopian future, the false Europe reflexively stifles dissent. This is done, of course, in the name of freedom and tolerance.

The Statement argues strikingly too, that shrinking freedoms and growing restrictions mean that European citizens are being straitjacketed into an Orwellian underclass of voiceless conformity and homogeneity:

  1. At the same time that we hear boasts of unprecedented liberty, European life is more and more comprehensively regulated. Rules—often confected by faceless technocrats in league with powerful interests—govern our work relationships, our business decisions, our educational qualifications, our news and entertainment media. And Europe now seeks to tighten existing regulations on freedom of speech, an aboriginal European freedom—freedom of conscience made manifest. The targets of these restrictions are not obscenity or other assaults on decency in public life. Instead, Europe’s governing classes wish to restrict manifestly political speech. Political leaders who give voice to inconvenient truths about Islam and immigration are hauled before judges. Political correctness enforces strong taboos that deem challenges to the status quo beyond the pale. The false Europe does not really encourage a culture of freedom. It promotes a culture of market-driven homogeneity and politically enforced conformity.

And, further, the Statement exposes the EU as a paralysing dystopian pseudo-religious empire from which we may be saved only by re-secularising and re-invigorating Europe (or, of course, with Brexit):

  1. The work of renewal begins with theological self-knowledge.The universalist and universalizing pretensions of the false Europe reveal it to be an ersatz religious enterprise, complete with strong creedal commitments—and anathemas. This is the potent opiate that paralyzes Europe as a political body. We must insist that religious aspirations are properly the province of religion, not politics, much less bureaucratic administration. In order to recover our political and historical agency, it is imperative that we re-secularize European public life.

It’s brilliant stuff and provides many sticks with which to beat wearisome Remoaners and Eurofanatics. But as a member of the Support 4 the Family group (S4tF) in UKIP, I was also forcibly struck by the Statement’s memorable declaration about marriage and the traditional family:

  1. Marriage is the foundation of civil society and the basis for harmony between men and women. It is the intimate bond organized around sustaining a household and raising children. We affirm that our most fundamental roles in society and as human beings are as fathers and mothers. Marriage and children are integral to any vision of human flourishing. Children require sacrifice from those who bring them into the world. This sacrifice is noble and must be honoured. We endorse prudent social policies to encourage and strengthen marriage, childbearing, and childrearing. A society that fails to welcome children has no future.

It also contends (para 10), “The bond of marriage allows both men and women to flourish in communion. Most of the sacrifices we make are for the sake of our spouses and children.”

So for Europe and the UK to flourish once more we must throw off the selfish anti-family individualism of the political mainstream, and instead develop “social policies to encourage and strengthen marriage, childbearing and childrearing”. This, of course, would be radical, politically-incorrect and subversive. In other words, it is exactly UKIP territory.

At the Torquay party conference in September, a motion was proposed by S4tF chair Alan Williams and seconded by S4tF committee member Dr. Deborah Pitt that called for the appointment of a UKIP Spokesperson for Families and Children. It was passed by members virtually unanimously. The Spokesperson’s task is to develop marriage and family policies in time for the next general election manifesto. The membership has spoken. The conference resolution is now for the NEC and Henry Bolton as our new leader to implement.

In 2012 UKIP alone had the courage to oppose the redefinition and downgrading of marriage against vicious hostility and opposition. In 2018 we should grab this socially conservative territory once more, set the political agenda once again, and deliver party policies that will help children and families thrive and flourish.

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About Alan Craig (7 Articles)
Alan is UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Witney, UKIP London Regional vice-chairman and UKIP Havering Branch secretary

16 Comments on A Europe We Can Believe In: A Family Policy We Can Support

  1. Brilliant article!
    So much in this to use as ammunition in my local newsletter.
    Thanks for this.

  2. This is also a thumping good read, about how our nukes could be quietly taken away from us. Now I know we didn’t sign up to PESCO as feared…but is it just ‘on hold’ until ‘Soros and the Remainers’ finally sabotage Brexit? They’re pretty close.

  3. Super article Alan. Wouldn’t it be a shock if any of our well paid, full time MEPs wrote such a thoughtful, well researched piece? But then they are busy fighting for Brexit with occasional, inane Tweets and re-Tweets. One of which was ‘We shall remember them’ – just a shame they didn’t remember to put a poppy on the dismal National website at the weekend.

  4. I am currently in a battle with my daughter’s school to have her opt-out of a session to be given to 8-year old girls on ‘sexual abuse’ done by the NSPCC. I attach a link here to the materials they use.

    Its pretty horrifying they have a slide on ‘sexual abuse’. Even the most recent government guidelines on sex education acknowledge that primary schools should focus on ‘Relationship Education’ and Sex comes in secondary school. But how do you talk about sexual abuse without explaining what is sex? Then notice one word missing in these materials – “parent”. The role of the parent has been erased. Instead, children should speak out to a ‘trusted adult’, and on the very next slide the NSPCC do their sales pitch for their childline services, suggesting that they can perform this role as a trusted adult. Where is the similar slide for the parent? Parents are erased with charities replacing them. This is how the role of the parent is undermined and the nuclear family is crushed. Last week there was also this article which let the cat out of the bag:

  5. Thank you for bringing the “Paris Statement” to our attention.
    Undoubtedly well researched, but for me, while obviously truthful, a bit anodyne, little passion and no remedies suggested.
    This whole EU set up from day one has been crafted to brainwash and deceive the punters (grass roots) with the collusion of all (well most) of their officials on a grand scale.
    It is not a coincidence the accounts haven`t been signed off for years – I wonder how much of annual budgets we have contributed to that have been filched or misused.
    The 1995 Barcelona Declaration has not been itemised, even though its intrinsic deception had been exposed by the Danes (unless I missed it).
    I ask again where is the Anger?
    While we are on philosophy – where is UKIP ideology? unless we have and project one – you cannot expect to keep members long term – in its absence they just return to the safety of the one they know and have probably imbibed with mother`s milk. There`s many things far worse than nurse.

    • Roger, I can’t agree the Paris Statement is anodyne with little passion. What about (para 2) “Complacently trading in one-sided caricatures of our history, this false Europe is invincibly prejudiced against the past”?

      or (para 3) “Sunk in prejudice, superstition and ignorance, and blinded by vain, self-congratulating visions of a utopian future, the false Europe reflexively stifles dissent. This done, of course, in the name of freedom and tolerance”?

      That doesn’t sound passionless to me.

      I agree about the need to develop a UKIP ideology and political philosophy. The best I’ve seen is in Steve Crowther’s two speeches at the Torquay conference, including his speech on UKIP branding. He covered the party’s USPs, core principles, political positioning and interpretation of British Values.

      Steve clearly put a lot of work into this so I wrote to him suggesting he turned his speeches into a UKIP political philosophy pamphlet. But no reply so far.

      • An unelected interim leader should not have the job of defining the political philosophy of the party, that should be done by members. And presumably SC is now trying to keep out of HBs way to allow HB to take the reins. But this seems not to be happening.

        • It would be a contribution to debate. Not an NEC-authorised definitive document.

          And anyway Steve has already made the speeches. So his thoughts are already out there – on YouTube

  6. The Paris statement is absolutely superb; a manifesto for a culture in which we can all believe.

    This article is spot on.

  7. I see nothing in this paper that UKIP should not adopt as core policy and belief.

    Winning the intellectual argument is essential if we are save our cultural heritage, preserve the nation state and genuine democracy. This is a good start and it should be widely read.
    It will though need to be condensed and written in a language that most people can understand and relate to in their everyday life.
    Hope someone can take this paper and condense it without losing its powerful message. Once done, it would quite probably enjoy wide circulation.

  8. Well said Alan. Please keep up the good work.

  9. What an excellent article. The tone and content really does feel like it belongs or should belong to UKIP.
    As a relatively new member of the Party, UKIP incorporating this paper as policy, would go a long way in reassuring me and I am sure very many others, that UKIP are still going the right way and will remain true to what I believed to be the Party’s values.

  10. Thank you for an excellent article Alan. It really gets to the heart of what we at UKIP are, or should be, all about. The concept you have outlined provides a standard to measure each and every one of UKIP’s policies by to see if they pass the “does this support the family” test.

    UKIP: The family values party …

  11. Very good article
    This is a long drawn out ideological war
    Truth and Justice against loony liberalism inspired and controlled by marxist dogma
    We are at a critical juncture now so expect fireworks
    truth shall win
    Roger Scruton is a great man by the way

  12. “social policies to encourage and strengthen marriage, childbearing and childrearing” – unnecessary for Muslims of course who are out-breeding the indigenous British.

    “the membership has spoken. The conference resolution is now for the NEC and Henry Bolton as our new leader to implement.” If only. The leadership do not just ignore conference motions, they are completely unaware of them. For example, at Bournemouth, a motion to regionalise the NEC was emphatically defeated by a full hall of members. Yet Bolton now proposes this without even checking on the geographic distribution of members. Thus the elitism of our leaders is demonstrated. The EU views the demos with disdain, as does the Westminster establishment, and so also our party establishment.

    • PurplePottymouth // November 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm // Reply

      Sod xenophobia, homophobia and Islamophobia Stout ( the latter being a misnomer since a phobia is an irrational fear and fear of what is going on is not irrational) Here is one – Demophobia – fear of democracy. UKIP must fight demophobia within and without.

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