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The future? Let’s grow our own


EXACTLY 50 years ago, Herbert Agar wrote and published a very readable little book, Britain Alone: June 1940 to June 1941, which addressed the familiar story of the Battle of Britain and surrounding events, the loneliness of being a relatively small, island country taking on the accelerating might of the Third Reich, and nearly losing. 

We stand potentially in a similar position now, and I’m not referring to the Russia/Ukraine conflict. There is much talk about the international monetary system heading for collapse. This narrative predicts chaos. Certainly, waking up one morning to discover that your savings are worthless, and that a wheelbarrow full of £50 notes couldn’t buy a loaf of bread that isn’t on the shelves anyway, would likely cause universal panic. But hold on. A country can’t function without currency of some sort. Enter the Chinese-style single digital currency based on a social credit system, controlled and managed from a remote virtual nexus. Goodbye sterling, goodbye dollar, goodbye euro, etc. All is well. You are saved. A universal basic income just above subsistence level (but capable of instant curtailment if you don’t behave).

There is ample proof that this is the plan. The WEF in effect admits it, along with the boast that the Young Global Leaders Programme has successfully ensconced its clones in the leaderships and parliaments of major countries including Canada and New Zealand. What about here in the UK? Is Boris Johnson one such? Certainly, his ties are close, and he has parroted lockdowns, vaccines and Build Back Better like all the other Daleks. But ironically, there is a little hope with him. A creature with no moral compass whatsoever will bend with the prevailing wind most likely to save his skin. So maybe my alternative plan could sway him.

In such a financial crisis, Britain could save itself by having the guts to stand alone. If one is to avoid slavery, one has steadfastly to declare independence from any and all outside influences. Those dirty words ‘love of one’s country’ must be retrieved from the woke, globalist dustbin. So, if the international currency collapses, our government must immediately rebrand and revalue sterling as a strictly domestic currency for the exchange of goods and services within our shores. No more ties to other currencies, no more casino speculation.

The second action is to pull up the drawbridge and become a silo economy, words that would make the Nick Cleggs of this world foam at the mouth. Self-sufficiency is key to self-determination, with all its sacrifices in the immediate term. But the gloves would be off, and we should claim back 100 per cent of our fishing waters. The first (or only?) duty of government is to its own people, and this could feed the whole nation.

We need to grow our own stuff and make our own stuff. This would resurrect small businesses, deliberately destroyed by the international Covid mafia over the past two years. Localisation justifies itself so easily when you consider the impact of sustained electricity cuts, for example, and in those circumstances the uselessness of fridges and freezers. As in the old days, fresh meat could only come from a local butcher, fresh milk from a local dairy. Thus, bigness, centralisation, huge distribution costs and supply chains disappear, together with their unnecessary carbon footprints. On which subject, there’s no reason for us not to be energy independent. Let’s get fracking, bust open those coal mines, exploit our own oil and gas reserves.

The real, longer-term prize would be if other countries threw out their masters and replicated our example. Each country with its own internal currency, making, growing and distributing its own stuff within its own borders, to its own people. Agreeing preventive tariffs, so that French tomatoes can’t be exported to Britain because Britain grows its own tomatoes (instead, if there’s a surplus after domestic satisfaction, they’re exported to countries that can’t grow tomatoes). Indigenous currencies therefore remain internal, for the singular purpose of exchanging goods and services within the national border. International trade is via one international currency, and again is valid simply for the exchange of international goods and services, not speculation.

Thus, Utopia is a Global Partnership of Silo Economies (GPSE), where the nation state and its protected currency are supreme, but looking after each other’s scarcities through controlled exports and mutually agreed tariffs.

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John Drewry
John Drewry
John Drewry has a background in marketing, owning and chairing an advertising agency for many years. He also holds an Equity card as a stage director and actor, and is Patron & Presenter for the Nursing Memorial Appeal.

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