STRAIGHT TALK­ING For­get Cam, our fu­tures


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IN 16 weeks’ time, ev­ery one of you will fi­nally have the op­por­tu­nity to de­cide upon the fu­ture of this great coun­try.

On June 23, we have the chance to vote to get the UK out of the Euro­pean Union – even though many peo­ple aren’t even sure what that means. So please al­low me to try to ex­plain. The EU is not some­thing like China, a na­tion that’s been around for mil­len­nia, or the United States, a rel­a­tive young­ster at just 250 or so years old.

It isn’t even a coun­try. It’s lit­er­ally a talk­ing shop, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of men and women in suits, that the UK has only been part of since the 1970s.

The EU is ba­si­cally a very large ver­sion of your lo­cal coun­cil – big­ger, yes, but stuffed full of the same sort of bu­reau­crats.

You know the type – the ones who are great at clos­ing your li­braries and sack­ing your lol­lipop ladies but pretty bad at emp­ty­ing your bins. The ones who are swift to de­mand your money but not so quick when it comes to pro­vid­ing those very ser­vices you are forced to pay for.

Just like that lo­cal coun­cil, which you have to pay for through coun­cil tax, the EU also costs you money – lots of money.

The UK sends a whop­ping £55 mil­lion a DAY to Brus­sels. All of that money, ev­ery penny of it, comes from YOUR taxes.

It is of course money that could be be­ing spent on the likes of health, hous­ing, schools and in­fra­struc­ture right here in the UK, but isn’t.

In­stead it’s be­ing spent on ser­vic­ing THREE EU par­lia­ment HQs – in Brus­sels, which is the main one; Stras­bourg, to keep France happy; and Lux­em­bourg, which does very lit­tle while still em­ploy­ing 2,000 peo­ple.

Shuf­fling back and forth be­tween th­ese places costs a king’s ran­som and is hugely en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing, but then, the EU re­ally is very much a “do as I say, not as I do” or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Now yes, we do get some of our money back – al­though only about £29m out of ev­ery £55m – and what we do get back we can only spend on what the EU al­lows us to spend it on.

It is in­con­ceiv­able to me that any­one would look upon that ar­range­ment as a fair deal for Bri­tain when it quite ob­vi­ously isn’t.

That brings us to David Cameron and his ut­terly use­less “rene­go­ti­a­tion” pack­age that is any­thing but what he says it is.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s new “deal” for

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