Ray Catlin has lived in France for several years, observing French culture, media and politics.
Having taken a degree in Modern History he appreciates the value of observing events and personalities over time to gain a realistic picture of what is happening and why.
As a believer in democracy and liberty, he originally had high hopes for the European project, but many years experience of the nature and reality of the project have convinced him otherwise.
Ray believes in the particular contribution to the development of freedom made by the English Magna Carta of 1215 and the English Bill of Rights of 1689. He notes that this English tradition differs from and precedes the continental, Enlightenment version which emerged with La Declaration des Droits de l’homme et du citoyen in 1789.
The two approaches are reflected in the contrasting political history of continental Europe and Britain during the 19th and early 20th centuries when Britain stood defiantly against continental militarism, autocracy and totalitarianism.
That Britain should submit to continental political mindsets & methods, thereby denying her own rich and proven political heritage and contribution to world democracy and liberty, is to be regretted and corrected.
Brexit is but a start to that vital process.
Ray can be reached at rightwinginstitute.org.uk by addressing editorial