STRAIGHT TALK­ING Ev­i­dence points to EU hav­ing a break­down


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PEO­PLE with pre-pay en­ergy me­ters spend about £80 a year more than those who pay quar­terly.

That means they’re ef­fec­tively sub­si­dis­ing those who pay by di­rect debit.

How can that pos­si­bly be fair?

The ma­jor­ity of those con­sumers us­ing pre-pay me­ters are from the least well-off mem­bers of our so­ci­ety.

To me, this is not a mil­lion miles from the loan sharks mak­ing for­tunes out of de­prived peo­ple who can’t get credit else­where.

The poor should not be prop­ping up the more for­tu­nate.

That is a so­ci­ety com­pletely up­side down. EUROPE is fall­ing apart at the seams – but you don’t have to take my word for it.

You might in any case ex­pect a UKIP MEP to be of that opin­ion – so please, let’s look else­where for ev­i­dence.

Like Spain, where an­ti­aus­ter­ity sup­port­ers have fi­nally had enough and are mak­ing mas­sive gains across the coun­try.

Like Greece, where their money has pretty much run out and they can’t af­ford to pay their debts.

Like France, where na­tion­al­ists are on the rise and their pro-EU pres­i­dent François Hol­lande is ever more be­lea­guered.

In the mid­dle of all this, though, we learn that France and Ger­many – al­ways the most en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of the larger mem­bers of the EU – are plan­ning closer ties.

They want to have an even tighter po­lit­i­cal union than the one we have now – the one that is in­creas­ingly to the dis­like of ac­tual vot­ers, if not some of their politi­cians.

And while this is go­ing on, the Prime Min­is­ter in­vites the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker to Che­quers for an en­tirely point­less photo op­por­tu­nity.

On the face of it, David Cameron opened ne­go­ti­a­tions for Bri­tain’s fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with Europe.

But what he hopes to achieve is any­one’s guess – be­cause he’s cer­tainly not telling us yet.

Mr Cameron has, in any case, al­ready in­di­cated that in any fu­ture ref­er­en­dum he would cam­paign to stay in the EU.

And to be a mem­ber of the EU means to have un­re­stricted free­dom of move­ment be­tween mem­ber states – which is sim­ply an­other way of say­ing “un­con­trolled im­mi­gra­tion”.

So, on the one hand we’ve got the PM pre­tend­ing he recog­nises the will of the Bri­tish peo­ple to fi­nally have a say on our membership of the EU.

On the other, he’s of­fer­ing tea and bis­cuits to Europe’s most se­nior fig­ure and fully in­tend­ing to cam­paign to stay in.

Bear in mind he wouldn’t have even con­sid­ered a ref­er­en­dum if it were not for the steady rise of UKIP.

Then we have the Labour group, which un­til May 7 was res­o­lutely against the idea of an in-out vote.

You may have forgotten – and Labour would now like you to – Tony Blair be­ing wheeled out to say a ref­er­en­dum was a bad idea, pre­sent­ing the no­tion that mere mem­bers of the public could not be trusted to vote the right way.

But that was un­til May 7, when those same mem­bers of the public waved Labour on their way for an­other five years.

So now they’re trip­ping over them­selves to say a ref­er­en­dum would ac­tu­ally be the best thing since sliced bread and it can’t come along quickly enough.

I’m not alone in find­ing this U-turn quite as­ton­ish­ing – and in­sult­ing to Labour vot­ers too.

Mean­while, the Euro­pean project con­tin­ues to crum­ble in the eyes of ev­ery­one bar its most ar­dent sup­port­ers.

UKIP will be at the epi­cen­tre of the ref­er­en­dum de­bate.

And do you know why? Be­cause we started it in the first place.

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