The EU-topia

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, It’s dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand the logic and sense of those who wish to stay in the Euro­pean Union (not to be con­fused with a Com­mon Mar­ket), es­pe­cially when France is in flames, Italy with its ris­ing debt of more than 130 per cent of GDP, not to men­tion long-suf­fer­ing Greece and Spain where the un­em­ploy­ment is at a scan­dalous level. Then, of course, there is ‘bor­der­less’ Ger­many. Where next will the ri­ots be with cars burn­ing on the streets and tanks en­ter­ing cities to en­sure the wishes of the rul­ing elite?

I am re­minded of the in­scrip­tion on the tomb of Sir Christo­pher Wren in St Paul’s Cathe­dral which states: ‘Reader, if you seek his mon­u­ment look around you.’ In­deed, how apt for the UK in the 21st cen­tury, for after 40 years and count­ing would you hon­estly de­scribe our coun­try as a land of milk and honey?

Me­thinks not. UK in­fra­struc­ture is a dis­grace and I am thank­ful that I do not have to rely on the rail­ways, although I am be­com­ing quite good at dodg­ing pot­holes in our badly main­tained roads. The NHS is col­laps­ing with doc­tors’ surg­eries and hospi­tals clos­ing, cou­pled with the shame­ful treat­ment of the el­derly and the clo­sure of many nurs­ing homes. Drug and knife crime are on the in­crease with hardly a ‘bobby’ to be seen on our streets. Of course, the cost of the smart me­ter will go on a cus­tomer’s bill and the me­ter will lend it­self to some very imag­i­na­tive billing – all very good for the for­eign-owned power com­pa­nies. Bless the EU. One would think the world is a much safer place with our much re­duced and un­der-funded armed forces. Hope­fully, the re­duc­tion is not be­cause a Euro­pean army is on the books, with the po­ten­tial of, say, Bri­tish and Ger­man troops help­ing the French quell any fu­ture ri­ots on the streets of Paris. Per­ish the thought of Ger­man or French troops do­ing like­wise in the UK.

Yep, wel­come to the 21st cen­tury EU-topia club where ev­ery­one’s a win­ner – and as The Ea­gles sang, ‘You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.’ Dave Haskell, Ceredi­gion.

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