Once in a while politicians say something interesting. However, rare as such utterances are, unfortunately most of the really revealing comments get drowned out by the slurry of media commentary focusing on really important things like what trousers someone is wearing or how someone eats a bacon sandwich.
Last week saw such an occasion where something revealing was said, and it was almost universally ignored by the media. It occurred at a conference in Malta, and the one making the comment was the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. Now I wouldn’t normally pay much attention to anything that the EUHRFASP says, but on this occasion what she said was deeply interesting:
“I believe Europeans should understand that we need migration for our economies and for our welfare systems, with the current demographic trend we have to be sustainable.”
Now this is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, and very briefly it completely puts to bed the absurd conspiracy theory, proposed last year by Nato’s then supreme allied commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, and repeated ad nauseam by the same folks who cry #FakeNews to everything that challenges their narrative, that the migrant crisis was a dastardly “weaponising” plot by the Russian and Syrian governments to destabilise the EU. It always was a mind-bogglingly stupid suggestion, for the simple reason that it required us to somehow forget that the migration crisis actually began after Nato action in Libya. But Mrs Mogherini’s comment shows that far from EU officials struggling to cope with the destabilising effect of “migrant weaponisation”, they actually welcome it as a necessity.
But what is even more fascinating about the statement is what it doesn’t say. It mentions the “demographic trend”, but says nothing about why this demographic trend exists. So let’s help Mrs Mogherini out. She could have gone on to say:
“The reason for this demographic trend is two-fold: firstly, tens of millions of citizens in EU countries have been killed in the process known as abortion over the last few decades, and secondly, Europeans in general have decided that having children is a really bad idea and so have a fertility rate of 1.58 live births per woman, which is well below the generally accepted replacement level of 2.1.”
Of course had she decided to say that, she would not now be the EUHRFASP, and that’s because you cannot tell such truths in such jobs and remain in such jobs. Yet it is the truth, is it not? I defy anyone to tell me that the demographic trend in European countries is not a result of:
a) Masses of human beings being disposed of before they ever see the light of day, and
b) European adults in general choosing to limit the number of children they have to such an extent that as a whole, these countries are well below the replacement rate.
What is the solution? Mrs Mogherini and her comrades can only possibly contemplate one route: mass immigration. This is not because mass immigration is a sensible solution, but it is purely because she cannot go down the other route. It’s not allowed. It’s barred from discussion. It would involve having to take a long hard look at ourselves and admitting that we have, as a civilisation, made a mess of gargantuan proportions. It would mean having to admit that killing all those babies was not only morally wrong, but is now coming back to bite us. It would mean having to admit that the obsession with getting women to place a higher value on an office desk than raising children is now having enormous civilizational consequences. To say so would involve committing the unpardonable sin of actually telling the truth about how our materialistic, individualistic choices are now coming back to haunt us.
But before anyone reads into this that I’m calling for the Government to start encouraging people to have children, let me assure you this is the last thing on my mind. The thought of state-encouraged children is a thought too revolting a concept for me to contemplate. No, we don’t need the Government to come and tell us to go and procreate. What we do need is repentance and a complete sea change in our attitudes to what we see as important in life. We need to re-evaluate the value system we have adopted over the past few decades, which puts material gain ahead of children and family. We need to stop seeing children as economic burdens, and start seeing them as blessings.
The solution proposed by Comrade Mogherini will lead to the Islamisation of Europe within a few decades. Just do the maths. Muslims are having children whilst Westerners aren’t. I can only assume that this is because they value children more than your average Western secularist, and – said with profound sadness – your average Western Christian (despite God putting some pretty clear instructions about being fruitful and multiplying on the first page of his Book). Therefore, if this Islamisation does come to pass, don’t blame the likes of Comrade Mogherini, or Blair, or a wholly useless Church of England, or any other such thing. God would have made us fruitful and multiplied us, but we said no.