GRATE­FUL FOR EUROPE FREE FROMWARFARE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

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