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Why voting for a eurosceptic party is a good thing for the EU | Nosemonkey's EUtopia

I've done a lot of UKIP bashing on this blog over the last six years. I've ridiculed and attempted to debunk numerous eurosceptic claims. After all, I think that the idea of European Union (in its broadest possible sense) is a good thing, and I firmly believe that as long as some form of European economic/political organisation exists it is in Britain's (and every European country's) best interest to be a part of it. I also hope that, down the line, such international/supranational cooperation can be expanded far beyond Europe's borders. Nationalism is, for me, an outmoded way of doing business, and detrimental to the best interests of the people of all nations - just as are all exclusionary ideologies, be they racist, sexist, homophobic or whatever. I am an internationalist and a humanist - again, both in their broadest possible sense - and so cannot support what I see as the parochialism of the nationalist/"patriotic" parties of right or left.

However, despite my dislike of UKIP, the BNP and other withdrawalist/anti-EU parties (of which these are the principle two in the UK), anti-EU and eurosceptic voices have a vital role to play.

The makeup of the European Parliament during the last five years has been sorely unrepresentative. Its racial makeup is nowhere close to mirroring that of Europe as a whole, with groups with sizable minorities left with nothing like the percentages of MEPs that one would expect, were the EP to mirror European society. Women are, as in most democratic societies, still hugely under-represented at EU level; there are few openly gay MEPs; few Muslims; only one Roma MEP despite this group being one of the largest and most persecuted of Europe's minorities.

by Fran on Sun May 24th, 2009 at 12:36:22 PM EST
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