THE decision to join with Europe was political, not economic
I, OF course, am old enough to remember a United Kingdom without the leaden yolk of the European Union hanging from its neck.
A time when our Commonwealth partners were the integral centre of our trade and commerce. Who could forget the succulent New Zealand lamb, the delicious fruits and prime beef from Australia? The colourful high quality clothing from Canada and much, much more. We never in fact needed the common market. I was against it from the start. Frankly I couldn’t see the point.
We had complete control of our borders and trade outlets and were barreling along very nicely thank you. The decision to join with Europe was political not economic. They needed us far more than we needed them.
When we joined up and dropped our ties with our Commonwealth partners, they felt betrayed and indeed, in some quarters our changes of direction lead to a great deal of hardship and job losses in the countries concerned. I sometimes doubt whether we’ve actually been truly forgiven to this day.
This bunch of power-mad politicians and their ideas of free trade have restricted our fishing rights, led to mountains of wasted fruit and vegetables, created ludicrous food regulations. (A 27,000 word directive on the growth and sale of cabbages is a case in point!) And an open border policy which threatens our very existence. I simply find it hard to believe that so called intellectuals can actually be that stupid.
I can’t help but feel there is some other, more sinister objective to their actions. Turkey, I find particularly unsettling. Who in their right mind would want to make a country with a 67,000,000 population, of which 99 per cent are Muslim, a part of the European Union?
Millions of Muslims swarming into Europe with no restrictions whatsoever. No, I’m afraid something is severely amiss somewhere and the sooner the UK gets out and takes control of its own future the better.
I still maintain they need us more than we need them, and rely heavily on the amount of trade and business that stems from British firms and institutions. Cameron’s scaremongering to the contrary is utter rubbish.
Keep the faith.