“Don’t wanna take my country back, I wanna take my country forward.”
Although this is a quite generous and brilliant idea to address a slogan, I think there are several issues which need to be discussed.
While ‘back’ in these circumstances suggests that instead of progressing one is regressing by going backwards, it is uncertain what exactly ‘forward’ means. Therefore, if back means the preservation of fundamental human values, yes please, I want them back! Globalisation and multiculturalism are Trojan horses meant to sink our civilisation as we know it.

First of all, I was quite shocked on 23 June 2016, when the majority of the British citizens voted in favour to leave the European Union. I was naïve enough to believe that the whole Brexit deal was simply a political stunt and, eventually, a method to put some more consistent pressure on the European Union. I was bloody wrong.
We’ve been told that the British people have been cleverly manipulated, but this is not entirely true, nor accurate. A British friend of mine told me that the British people are very proud. On the one hand, they have been one of the leading empires of the world; on the other, they have been at war with France and Germany like forever. We like it or not, we realise or admit it, the European Union might have been a noble dream, but it has been poorly administered and led. Corruption, bureaucracy and incompetence, respectively, the lack of vision and a common perspective made the Union a bad place to be. Politically, economically and socially, the leadership of the European People’s Party, and especially of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was disastrous.
There are two entirely different worlds out there. One is the world depicted and in most part created by what we generally may call ‘the media’ – although it is strictly propaganda – and featured in movies, on the news and especially on the social media, and there is the real world about nobody willing or dare to speak.

Oddly enough, our current world fits almost perfectly the world depicted by the imaginary character Emmanuel Goldstein in his manifesto called “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

“The splitting up of the world into three great super-states was an event which could be and indeed was foreseen before the middle of the twentieth century. With the absorption of Europe by Russia and of the British Empire by the United States, two of the three existing powers, Eurasia and Oceania, were already effectively in being. The third, Eastasia, only emerged as a distinct unit after another decade of confused fighting. The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others, they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general, they follow geographical lines. Eurasia comprises the whole of the northern part of the European and Asiatic land-mass, from Portugal to the Bering Strait. Oceania comprises the Americas, the Atlantic islands, including the British Isles, Australasia, and the southern portion of Africa. Eastasia, smaller than the others and with a less definite western frontier, comprises China and the countries to the south of it, the Japanese islands and a large but fluctuating portion of Manchuria, Mongolia, and Tibet.
In one combination or another, these three super-states are permanently at war, and have been so for the past twenty-five years.”

How Orwell’s fiction became a reality, is an interesting story which should be studied appropriately.
How everything got in the wrong direction is a long and complicated story, but there always have been signals and sings.
On the one hand, there are the internal issues of the Union. We already mentioned corruption, bureaucracy, incompetence, and on the top of these is the complete fracture between the people’s needs and day to day issues versus the bureaucrats and politicians agenda. There is inequality between some countries, their very different interests which most of the time are stronger than their commonly shared interests. There is inequality between the highly developed countries such as Germany and France and the ‘poorer’ countries such as Portugal or Greece. At last but not at least, there are inequality and gap between the Western and the formal East European countries.
On the other hand, there is a conflict of interests between the United States and the European Union.
The first serious crack has been produced when President Obama ordered the tapping of Angela Merkel’s phone. One may consider it a minor incident, but it was a severe insult and was considered a proof of distrust. Most likely, the Americans have been justified not to trust their alleged German allies, but this is another topic.
The other major issue is the migration crisis. It all started, once again, with a poor decision of the Obama administration, most precisely the work of the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and the so-called Arab Spring. The Arab Spring backfired in all the possible ways. First of all, it ruined the United States relationship with Egypt and Turkey and straightened the position and influence of Russia in the area. Secondly, it triggered the humanitarian and migration crisis in Syria, which ultimately led to shaking the relationship of the United States with France and Germany, but also of the United Kingdom with the European Union.
People still do not manage to discern between immigrants and Immigration Policy. A similar confusion occurs in the case of Muslims and Islam. In my opinion, these confusions are generated and maintained on purpose, by ‘the media.’ There is one issue which was never adequately discussed: it is possible to integrate into the Western culture and civilisation the immigrants from the Middle-East and if there is any desire of integration from their side?
Merkel calls for immigrants in 2013 was a terrible attempt to obtain a Nobel Prize for Peace, which, in theory, would facilitate her win in the elections. She failed to win the Nobel Prize, but managed to win the elections and aggravated the migration crisis. And immigrants were the core of the debates in the whole Brexit campaign.
The other hot potato is the issue of alliances and NATO. Both Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are, apparently, under the spell and influence of Vladimir Putin. On the one hand, Europe is highly dependent on Russian gas; on the other, both European leaders are promoting their own countries military industry. The idea of a so-called European Army came up more and more often, just like criticising the US policies and NATO. Considering the tight strings between the US and UK, respectively between the German and French leader and Kremlin, the emerge of the Orwellian Eurasia and Oceania is no more merely a fiction.
The 2019 United Kingdom general election on Thursday 12 December 2019 confirmed the decision of the British people for leaving the European Union.

Mr President Trump, on the other hand, inherited a volatile and highly tensioned relationship with most of his European partners. So far, he failed to reconnect with Merkel and Macron, and failed to deal properly with possible back-up solutions such as Romania in case that Turkey will make a new alliance with Rusia. In my opinion, President Trump is intoxicated with a lot of false reports, and he has been poorly advised.

Enter Shikari is an English rock band formed in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England in 1999 under the name Hybryd by bassist Chris Batten, lead vocalist and keyboardist Roughton ‘Rou’ Reynolds, and drummer Rob Rolfe. In 2003, guitarist Liam ‘Rory’ Clewlow joined the band to complete its current lineup, and it adopted its current name.
Following world events in 2016, including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, leadman Rou Reynolds announced on Twitter that he had been suffering from a general anxiety disorder. He declared his frustration and newfound inspiration to write what he intended to be the band’s most important work.
Their fifth studio album The Spark was released in 2017.
The Spark won the ‘Best Album’ award at the 2018 Kerrang! Awards.
“Take My Country Back” is the fourth track of the album.

Songwriters: Christopher John Batten / Liam Rory Clewlow / Robert William Rolfe / Roughton Leslie Paul Reynolds.

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