The origin of this famous phrase that is the title of today’s article comes from the pen of John Donne (1572-1631) – the English poet and a cleric in the Church of England, the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets – in his; Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris:
“Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that.”
At Noon (CET) – not long ago – institutions and the public in Brussels observed a minute’s silence in honour of the victims of Tuesday’s attacks.
Brexiteers must be in know doubt what this and sadly future such attacks combined with the continuing migration crisis in Europe can do for the Leave campaign.
However it must be VERY CAREFULLY handled. Think nitroglycerine Dear Reader!
What we do not want is precipitous comments along the lines of UKIP’s Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem who stated that the attacks illustrated that freedom of movement in the bloc was “a threat to our security” as reported in the Indy: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brussels-explosions-ukip-says-bombings-show-eu-freedom-of-movement-is-a-security-threat-a6945566.html
The British Gazette does not dispute the content of what Mr Hookem said. We do however dispute the timing. It was TOO SOON!
Be in no doubt Dear Reader what has happened, is happening and is likely to continue happening on the continent of Europe could well deliver us Brexit! However, we must carefully handle it and realise that there are an awful lot of statements that it will be unnecessary to make and in fact, if made will be counter productive!
Unpleasant things can happen in life which require no comment. Someone farting in a lift (for our US readers, an elevator) for instance.
The relevant FACTS are these:
1. Large numbers of Muslims who are citizens of EU countries have travelled to Syria to take up arms with the terrorist group IS. These people obviously pose a terrorist threat.
2. The terrorist group IS is now active in Europe (this includes the UK).
3. The UK has a large and growing Muslim who are socially, culturally, religiously distinct from the other members of the UK’s population.
4. There has been, is and will continue to be a migration crisis of Muslims – most of whom will be socially, culturally, religiously distinct from the non Muslim members of the UK’s population – they come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria and sub-Saharan Africa. These migrants have, are and will continue to migrate to the continent of Europe in huge numbers between today and Thursday, 23rd June 2016.
Many British People (voters) are “spooked” by these things. They see a European Union in crisis. They see millions of Muslims arriving here in Europe. They see active terrorist cells composed of Muslim extremists murdering innocent civilians. These things are contributing to an attitude of “let’s get out of here” and this CAN work for us – IF we handle it correctly. Mishandled, it will backfire and do us harm!
The CORRECT way of handling this is not to talk about it too much. Remember by their murderous actions IS, spread their own evil message. As for law abiding peaceful Muslims – the vast majority – their distinctive Asian dress code – burqas and niqabs for the women and the distinct dress of the men – spread their own message which says: “we are different from you and we have not integrated”. Any Brexiteer which states this verbally will merely be kicking the ball into our own net for they will be condemned as racist!
The statement is also redundant as most non Muslim Brits are only too aware of this!
The unspoken attitude of many of the Great British Public is this: “We have too many Muslims here already. We don’t want any more! Probably we already have Muslim terrorists in our midst already who are planning to kill us. We do not want any more! Let’s get out of the EU and stop all these people coming.”
If asked many – most – British People would not state such in public or to a stranger – an opinion pollster for instance – but they will say this to family and friends.
The other MAJOR reason for NOT saying anything is that it will not encourage a critical response from the opposition! You see, the politically correct establishment are very concerned at these developments. They would prefer to turn a blind eye to it. Our response should be to let them!
NB: The Chameleon KNOWS this may loose him the Brexit vote! Which is why he asked Mr Obama to come and support him and which is why Mr Kerry will have overridden the very strong objections of professional diplomats in the US State Department!
What MIGHT happen is this: Mass Muslim migration will increase as Spring is here and gives way to Summer. There might be further terrorist attacks – WE HOPE NOT! The EU’s response will be inadequate. It will look increasingly likely that Turkey will become an EU member sooner rather than later.
It is often – but without reliable attribution – said of the late former Prime Minster Harold Macmillan that when asked what he most feared, he replied; “Events, dear boy, events’ “
Such “events” could restore lawful sovereign government to this formerly sovereign United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Our job is to see to it that none of us put the kibosh on this!