Very interesting to re-read this blog I wrote in February 2016. Hmmm – not sure much has changed – judge for yourself.
Well this subject deserves a whole website of its own – but I shall try to be restrained.
In or Out?
Well I’m currently in the Out camp, unless someone can persuade me otherwise. But I see that Barclays and Sunseeker – those expensive yachts – are declaring themselves in favour of staying in the EU. Not surprised at Barclays. I used to work for them back in the day, and wouldn’t trust them as far as I can see them. And only yesterday they declared a big drop in profits, so they know what they’re talking about don’t they?
But disappointed in Sunseeker because they’re a respected brand in Poole and Dorset generally. But they’re now owned by a Chinese billionaire. When asked his opinion, he apparently remarked that it was only his opinion but he didn’t think the UK would leave the EU. Now there’s a challenge!
We Brits don’t like being told what to do by the EU – and we don’t like being told what to do by Chinese billionaires either.
Now I’m sure there are lots of reasons why it would be better to stay in the EU – can’t think of many but I can see that exporters who concentrate on Europe might want to be in.
But I can think of a whole lot more reasons why we’d want to leave.
For a start, there’s a matter of our net annual contribution of about £8.5billion. That’s billion with a B!
On the subject of budget, our national debt is staggering. It’s £1.5 trillion (with a T). If I’ve calculated it correctly (and I may not have because it’s a lot of 000s), then I reckon we could use that £8.5 billion to pay down the debt. At that rate it would take over 176 years – and that’s without interest! Oh dear, oh dear.
How did we get into this mess?
But back to the EU, because it’s just not going to go away is it?
Next issue, in my book, is immigration. I don’t think anyone minds helping out refugees, especially since The West caused much of the misery in Syria. But most of the so-called refugees seem to be economic migrants – and we just can’t afford to support them all.
Angela Mercel is to blame, in my opinion, for much of the huge influx, since she invited them. So unfortunately they’re going to drown the EU. So let’s not let them take the UK down with them.
People are flooding into Turkey, then to Greece, and they just can’t cope. Nor could any country. Some of the EU nations are closing their borders. The whole EU is shutting down, becoming a region of turmoil. So why would be choose to be part of that? Once they’re granted entrance to Europe aren’t a lot of them going to head to the UK? And how are we going to be able to afford that?
Then there’s the federalisation of Europe and our growing lack of control over our own laws. Do we really want to be legislated by the Eurocrats and told what we can and can’t do? What our courts should do and how our laws should be interpreted or changed? Well I don’t think so.
It goes on and on ……. and here’s where the anarchist in me starts to show.
We have to stand up to these EU bullies and I’m pleased to see how many Tory politicians are coming out on the side of common sense. Call-me-Dave is showing his true colours, even though he claimed at first to be open-minded. He’s obviously a Europhile and I don’t think he’s objective at all.
I might feel differently if he’d come back from his talks with some real concessions. But I’ve yet to find anyone who thinks they made a scrap of difference. Please don’t treat us as fools Dave!
Ok rant over – time to take the blood pressure pills and have a nice soothing cuppa – until the next time the EU tries to take the p***