Calling James Delingpole. ( James, This One's Urgent.)
The Economist reprints portions of a speech that Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski, pictured here, recently delivered just outside Oxford
. Britain, Sikorski insisted, should get over its Euroskepticism, throwing in, once and for all, with the European project.
What makes this so remarkable is that Sikorski is, or at least used to be--how to put this?--one of us. A refugee from Communist Poland, he studied at Oxford and participated in conservative discussions here in the United States, writing often, for example, for National Review, never noted for its embrace of Brussels. But now? Well, see for yourself:
Since I first came to these shores over 30 years ago, Britain has become much more European. You’ve built the Channel-Tunnel, you got used to mixer taps, duvets and double glazing. Even your cooking has improved. Yet, your public opinion and politics is more Eurosceptic than ever. And I think I can guess why: Marxists at those Balliol tutorials [as an Oxford undergrad, Sikorski atended tutorials at Balliol College] taught me the term “false consciousness” which is when the ideological superstructure is out of sync with the economic base. Britain today is living with false consciousness. Your interests are in Europe. It’s high time for your sentiments to follow.
Your leaders need to make a more vocal case for your European interests. Britain is famous through the ages for its practical good sense and policies based on reality, not myths. We hope you can return to this tradition soon.
James Delingpole--and any other members of the Ricochetti who are familiar with the scene in Britain, and (I still draw the distinction between the two) in Europe--what are we to make of this?
Lady Thatcher would be aghast. Are you, James?