Moslem fanatics envisage an Ummah under which all nations are united in the rule of Islam whether they want to be or not; the justification is that it's for their own good. Exactly the same totalitarian and unregarding fanaticism drives the Euro fanatic. A senior EU official, widely quoted this weekend, commented "It's outrageous that 3m voters should determine the future of 430m people"
And therein lies the intellectual self-deceit of the Euro fanatic. The 3m voters of Ireland were the only voters out of the 430m who were given the opportunity to make a choice. What is truly outrageous is that the 430m people of Europe were not balloted on the fanatics' vision of a Euro Ummah.
I sometimes wonder if there's not some wholly compelling dreadful secret justification for the Euro project; a vision so chillingly threatening that senior politicians across Europe admitted to the secret at once fall behind the establishment of a united Euro State. But there isn't. All the arguments are out in the open. Nevertheless, I still fail to understand why so many political leaders plough ahead with this project in defiance of the views of their own people.
We should no more expect the Euro fanatics now to concede defeat than we would expect the Jihadists to lay down their suicide vests. Fanatics are fanatics, after all. Until we have a government in the United Kingdom immune to this contagious Euro virus and prepared to fundamentally renegotiate our position to one of free trade and open borders rather than political union I fear we will need to be eternally vigilant against the fanatics.