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Tamara Chabe: On Obama’s logic Africa’s countries would still be British colonies


Barack Obama, the man who championed the slogan “Yes We Can” has waded into the EU referendum debate to tell the British people “No You Can’t”.

Europhiles and the Stronger In crowd I’m sure would have been ecstatic at Obama’s words. He used many of the same sorts of slogans which we are regularly used by Pro-EU campaigners and at times part of his address sounded like it had been drafted by speech writers working for the Stronger In campaign.

It really was extraordinary watching the so-called leader of the free world giving a speech telling the British people why they could not be successful as a sovereign independent nation and would be better off staying in an undemocratic institution.

On the one hand, Obama said that US and Britain had a special and close relationship and then he contradicted himself by saying that if Britain does not follow his orders then he will push us to the “back of the queue” on trade deals.

America currently has a free trade deal with Oman and Costa Rica and for Obama to say that he would push us to the back of the queue as punishment for not following his edicts is extraordinary. What Obama is describing is a one-sided relationship with Britain as the US’s poodle.

Obama rather conveniently failed to address the failing economies in Southern Europe, the punishing austerity measures being imposed on countries like Greece, or the fact that the anti-democratic and one-size-fits-all nature of the EU project is leading to the re-emergence of far right and far left groups in Europe. He also skipped over the fact that the EU is the world’s only declining trade block.

Using the deaths of US servicemen who died in World War Two as a reason for supporting the project was despicable. Writing in the Daily Mail, Norman Lamont rightly said that “It is disgraceful that a war we fought to keep our independence — and in which Britain and the Commonwealth lost more troops than the Americans — is being used by Obama as a reason for us to give up our sovereignty”.

It’s difficult to see how being in the EU magnifies British influence. David Cameron attempted to renegotiate our terms of membership with the EU and he was roundly rebuffed by the EU political elite. His current so-called deal is not legally binding and EU bureaucrats have said that many elements can simply be struck down.

The EU has failed to act collectively to deal with the migration crisis and was impotent in tackling Putin. Time after time it fails and Nato is left doing the hard work.

The idea that being in the EU makes Britain more secure is an argument that has been discredited, and Angela Merkel insane immigration policies have increased the terrorism threat

In an article for The Sun Boris commented on Obama’s removal of Churchill’s bust from the Oval office. He wrote: “some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.

Obama’s grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama was imprisoned by the British for participating in Kenya’s independence movement.

In an interview, Sarah Onyango, Barack’s grandmother, gave a graphic description of the horrific way that he was treated by the colonial masters. She said “They would squeeze his private parts (testicles) with parallel metallic rods. They also pierced his nails and buttocks with a sharp pin, with his hands and legs tied together with his head facing down. There were beatings and torture”. Obama’s grandmother also said when she relayed the story to Barack it tarnished his opinion of the British. She reportedly said: “Generally, my grandson has never believed the British do anything for a common good, rather than their selfish interests.”

The notion is false that all people with Commonwealth ancestry want to vote to Remain in the EU as a way of punishing Britain for its colonial past, or are fearful of Britain as a sovereign and independent nation because they believe that Britain’s colonial history means they cannot believe in democracy and need the protection of the EU.

There are many black and Asian ethnic minority people who are proud patriots, forward-looking and internationist who will be voting for Brexit because they in democracy and freedom and that Britain will be stronger and more prosperous if it could take back control of its own destiny, and not remain shackled to a failing and bureaucratic block.

My ancestry is Zambian and by Obama’s logic Zambia should not have become an independent nation and Rhodesia should have remained intact. Zambians fought for the right to be in charge of their own destiny and have the freedom to vote in and out their rulers.

Using Obama’s logic people could argue that the recolonisation of Africa would be best for the world because development in Africa has not been fast enough, and instead of giving endless aid, it would be best for the West to manage it for the “common good”.

Writing on Cap X, Andrew Roberts says: “Obama has turned his back on democracy. Almost alone among US presidents, Obama has turned his back on this fundamental duty, and instead showed peoples who are struggling for sovereignty the superior sneer of the cold, haughty academic that he really is.”

Some people claim that Obama is being hypocritical – I believe that Obama would happily shred the US constitution if he could and join a political Union with Canada and Mexico and transform the USA into Europe.

Polls have showed that Obama is popular in the UK and his intervention could help the Pro-EU camp rally young supporters in particular.

Some Americans call Obama the Divider in Chief and blame his style of politics for the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Instead of coming to the UK and acting like a King, Obama should butt out and sort out the mess brewing in his backyard.

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Tamara Chabe
Tamara Chabe
Ms Chabe is a Legal/Business Advisor with a special interest in Business, Current Affairs & Leadership matters

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