Europe – should we stay or should we go?
SO… the referendum on staying in Europe may now be held earlier than planned, in June next year. I say the sooner the better. I’m already referendumed-out, particularly since Alex Salmond suggested the Scots should have another go at voting for independence.
He’s grumpy that Scotland hasn’t been handed a generous enough package, claiming it’s not what they were promised in ‘devo-max.’ Isn’t that a fizzy drink?
With all these Salmonds and Sturgeons around it’s a very fishy business indeed. (OK – with my surname, bad joke.)
Could someone please remind Mr S, a member of the SNP in the Commons (as opposed to Ms S who leads the party in Scotland) that his country is doing very nicely.
The Scots have no student fees, free social care for the elderly and no charge for prescriptions. Shouldn’t we be the ones howling about unfairness and lack of equality?
Several years ago Mr F and I visited Brussels as guests of our then MEP Robert Evans. In the Euro parliament we wore headphones so that we could hear speeches interpreted, and I had new respect for the system. It’s not easy to debate in several languages.
A United Europe has been tarnished by the Euro currency debacle, but we have kept our pound (hurrah) and still retain lots of independence. Cameron is negotiating new conditions for us, but these would have to be rubberstamped by 28 member states.
Germany has softened on this, so where they go others may follow.
On the other side of the coin to the pickpockets and other criminals who have crept in (and let’s not pretend that hasn’t happened) there are many in retail, gardening, the hospitality industry and hospitals providing impressively polite and skilled service in jobs often rejected by our indigenous population.
Freedom of travel throughout Europe is great and many from this country who work, live or holiday abroad wouldn’t have it any other way, but others fear our democracy is being diluted by allowing ourselves to be being bossed about by Brussels.
Many businesses want to stay in and think it would be a disaster to rip up our membership cards.
Honestly, are we really ever going to be well informed enough to vote on such a momentous decision as staying in or getting out? We elected politicians to decide these things. Didn’t we?