Today I am interested in how far you think the EU will go in creating the United States of Europe?
How much power will it have?
How long will it last?
How much unemployment,recession, lack of democracy will people put up with in the various countries?
When will they start to blame their EU government rather than their national governments for their plight?
I wrote this when I was last in the Scillies, a beautiful part of the country I love.
Waves heave and scour in fury at Hell Bay
Calm will bring peace on the beach next day.
The great dashing ocean has time on its side
To flatten us all on some future spring tide.
Waves, wind ,sea can all bide their time
These lovely islands are well past their prime.
Each wave which hurls, each wave that smashes
Leaves less shore, or a cliff that crashes.
Each wind which blows, each hail which breaks,
Loosens stones, shatters rocks: every plant shakes.
Granite turns to sand, shorelines slip away,
Samson’s hills are parted, the sand bar can’t stay.
One island once, twenty long since
Now fifty or more, with many just hints.
They give rocks tough names – like men-a-vaur-
But they know one day they’ll be no more.
Empires are like these islands, now humbled
Europe seeks union, but past efforts crumbled.
They tell us that Europe can soon be as one
That conflicts, battles, wars are all done
They say one currency will make it alright
That one army will unite us to fight
They urge us together, to build one nation.
We may not want it: they seek an ovation.
To all who want Europe to be one
Tell them the people will not let that run.
For people are like the waves of the sea
They break empires – like islands: they won’t let them be.
Some Scilly rocks became sand grains
Once lovely hills became a beach
If islands can be levelled
How far can unwanted empires reach?