Throughout this year BBC Radio 3 have been celebrating the centenary of Finnish national independence, their declaration of freedom from Russian rule on 6th December 1917. Being Radio 3, Sibelius’ name and music has been much invoked, including of course the unashamedly nationalistic Finlandia which has become the de facto anthem (despite his long-held opposition to the sung version, apparently only given up after many years – unaccountable beings, composers..)
I quote from Kids Britannica (free excerpt):
(1865–1957). To the world Jean Sibelius is one of the great composers of symphonies. To his fellow Finns, however, he is far more. They revere him as one of Finland’s greatest patriots. His music, inspired by Finnish myth and literature, roused national fervour and helped the Finns preserve their spirit despite the iron rule of Russia (1809–1917). His tone poem Finlandia is one of the noblest expressions of love of country in all music…
The BBC have habitually, and approvingly, referred to him as ‘fiercely nationalistic, a patriot’. The titanic irony of this in the face of their studied neutrality in the recent Catallonian saga, and their open dismay at our own current situation, has apparently passed the broadcasting grandees by.
It is time now, I think, to recast this struggle that we are all now involved in, and recast it for good. I am referring of course to Brexit and all it entails. What we are engaged in is no mere reversal of a political and economic alliance – it is no less than a struggle for national independence in every sense, and the sooner we see that the better for us.
We are currently in effect a vassal state of the EU – no different from a Roman colony, an Ottoman outpost, or a client-state of the Chinese in their old imperial days:
- we pay tribute to the EU, at a level which seriously affects our national budget – said budget being now overshadowed by an imperial one centrally determined without our effective control, and spent both in foreign nations, and in our own state, in the form of grant funding bypassing our own chancellor’s ability to determine spending allocations;
- we accept its laws, passed down from Brussels/Strasbourg within a framework of constitutionality, rights and duties enforced in one way or another by both the ECJ and the ECHR (yes, I know the relationship is not direct or straightforward, but the effect is imperial/supra-national nonetheless);
- we accept ‘free movement’ of both labour and goods, and the right of residence of any holder of an EU passport within our borders, which are now of little more than ceremonial consequence; and we accept this regardless of the obvious detrimental effects on our own economy or the nature of our society;
- we accept a prohibition on reaching any form of independent trading or political agreements on a national basis with other nations or trading blocs;
- and lastly, we are currently transforming our national armed forces, repurposing them to serve as legions within an imperial european army. I have no doubt that the same process of integration within an EU framework is proceeding within the intelligence and security areas.
Now I am no more of a fascist than was, apparently, Jean Sibelius; neither am I a socialist, whether national or international; certainly I am no international mogul of psycho-pathological wealth; and I am a Christian, and no lover of any other religion. I certainly don’t possess any great personal gift or ability, musical or otherwise, so in that respect Sibelius and I are unlike each other. However, like him, one thing I am is patriotic;
I am a nationalist, and I am becoming fiercer in this by the day.
What our nation needs now above all else is a thorough-going, clear-sighted and determined independence movement. We have never had a truly popular one, because we have suffered from the assumptions and delusions of past glories – we have always taken it for granted that we are a great and powerful nation that simply happens to have lost its empire. That we are somehow, unaccountably, in the grip of an incoherent and wicked politics that allows the incompetent and scheming to rise above those of integrity and vision, into positions of power in every one of our institutions. So we accept the judgment of our enemies that nationalism equals extremism, or is at least in extremely bad taste.
But we are in fact living in the wreckage of a nation – Britain is being dissolved in front of our eyes, and the sham of ‘Brexit’ is being dismantled piece by piece, day by day, by the traitors and charlatans who pose as our leaders. The Referendum was not in fact our Day of Independence. It was merely the signal for those powers in the EU to combine with their supra-national allies against our national interests and aspirations, to ensure our wish for independence was frustrated. Now and permanently – whatever it took.
To claim independence is a direct challenge to the power and authority of your rulers. It is never simple, never quick, and generally bloody in the end. We (at least, I) thought that power would relinquish its hold on us once we had made our wishes clear – how naive I was. We are being marginalised, smeared, maligned and increasingly persecuted. Equally within mainstream politics and on the fringes, our fingers are being prised from the levers of power, opinion and influence. If you can see that process being reversed now, I am glad – I just don’t see the realities of power allowing any such thing for very long, as things currently stand.
We are heading towards a conflict, which some here have characterised as approaching a civil war, if I have them correctly. I have great respect for these people; between them they have far greater historical, military and political knowledge than I do. However, my own belief is that this is, or will become, a war of independence.
Independence is the only cause that will in the end truly unite our nation. The lessons in how to fight it will mostly not come from past internal conflicts on our home soil. They will come from nations that have in the past fought successfully to throw off what they saw, correctly or incorrectly, as their own particular yoke of foreign tyranny – including that of our own empire. We must learn from their successes, their mistakes, and we must learn rapidly. Of our own colonies, two stand out as examples, in completely different contexts – India and the American colonies. But there are many others in the world, at different times and places, with masters historical and contemporary, who we should look to now. Of course, as well as being an object lesson in defiance, the US is now our most valuable ally in the world – there may be others, but both under the current administration, and by long historical fraternity, there are none that understand our situation and our aspirations in the same way. We must learn the lessons of the American war of independence, whatever they may be.
I don’t have a crystal ball to tell me what is going to happen in the next weeks, months, years. But I am absolutely certain that we will not be given our freedom on a plate. Our current masters and their collaborators in our nation will fight tooth and nail to suppress us. They are already wholly committed to lying and scheming, whatever the consequences for our nation. They will not keel over just because we shout, or demonstrate, or passively withdraw from the compromised political establishment. They will simply take those civil actions of non-compliance as an opportunity to further disenfranchise us, to remove ever more power to a centrum which we have no access to – and they will at some point use physical suppression. You do not need me to tell you where this is leading – all I can say is to look to the lessons from successful past eruptions of freedom, especially those which accord with our own Western Christian cultural basis, the only true basis of our unity when the chips are down. Things are going to get a lot worse before they can get better.
© Stuart Beaker 2017