Calgacus
Calgacus

The EU Creates A Desert and Calls It Peace

A Salute to Betty Simmerson

A Salute to Betty Simmerson

A Salute to Betty Simmerson

They say grief is a blend of pain and love. We feel it when someone we are fond of dies. Sometimes there is something that takes the edge off that pain. Sometimes there is a real celebration of the life and even more rarely we feel that a life was somehow complete. The ancient Greeks thought it a misfortune to live to old age because after that moment whichwas the most heroic in our lives, it only be a slow decline.
But sometimes, just sometimes, when one of our friends dies, there is a relief, even a joy, that a person had lived to see their greatest moment.
When we called this site "Calgacus" we meant it as a bit of a cheeky tribute to those old-timers we first met when campaigning against Maastricht. Those people had already been involved in anti-EU campaigning for years. Since the referendum in the 1970s? SInce the Continental System? Since the Norman Invasion? Since Rome? It seemed Betty had been. From the time of the accession negotiation there is the story of a bag of flour and Ted Heath - a protest.
Betty and her circle were such big hearted people. The BBC and the likes try to confuse Brexiteers with some kind of racism. It is not true but one of the big reasons that the anti-EU movement is not a hardened, aggressive and unpleasant expression is that the culture began with such kind people. Betty's was a generation of activists who were never paid but made serious sacrifice for building what we have achieved. That love should be our essence.
So today Betty walks with Our Lord in Paradise. She walks with angels who also once walked with us, even archangels such as Reg.
Betty lived to see our victory. In that I feel a real happiness.
Betty, you know, tell those angels. Tell Reg and the others. Tell them.

 

 

photo:  Betty with Blaz Babic. Blaz is a Slovenian eurosceptic and been part of the international anti-EU scene for 20 years.