GRATEFUL FOR EUROPE FREE FROMWARFARE
NIELS AALEN Chesham IN his letter published Thursday, June 9, Mr George Meacock concedes that the economic arguments do not support his Brexit beliefs and instead invokes the dead of the world wars in support of his cause.
His suggestion that those who honour our war dead cannot do anything except for vote for Brexit is a curious one. Perhaps he has a hotline to the afterlife, in which case one might have to concede his point.
Assuming this is not the case however, it is intriguing to wonder what the fallen of World Wars One and Two might say to us to guide our decision-making in the referendum next week?
Is it not just as plausible that above all else they would want to say ‘never again’ to the possibility of further such conflicts and encourage us to do all we can to make sure that it is so?
That is certainly what the architects of the European project believed in the aftermath of WW2, as they strove to build something that transcended mere national interest, and attempted to weave together the countries of Europe sufficiently closely that they would never again be tempted to resort to horrendous violence and bloodshed to solve their problems.
And I for one am grateful to have grown up in a Europe free of the warfare that almost every generation before us has experienced, and pleased that my teenage children can enjoy its political, social and economic benefits also.
The European project is not perfect by any means, but even to the casual observer of European history its advantages are surely apparent, and should certainly not be taken for granted.