Monday, 1 June 2009
I am very happy being European. Our continent is the cradle of all modern civilisation, and I can travel from Vienna to Dublin and see how European thought and philosophy have shaped our built environment. Blind superstition and Enlightenment, Renaissance and humanism all frozen in stone and brick and tile and render, bronze and marble, timber and plaster. One can read a thousand years of the economic history of a town from its architecture. The pompous buildings of the EU and its institutions never fail to raise a bitter chuckle; so much glass, and so little transparency.
Europe is defined by its culture, not by an inhuman bureaucracy that seeks to achieve by Directive what Hitler failed to achieve by armed force. I don't want to be part of a Greater European State. That's why I'm lending my Conservative vote to UKIP this Thursday.