The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)
Better off out of Europe
Sir, - As someone who experienced the decimalisation and our joining of the Common Market, I think both were not what was promised to the man in the street.
Within months of our abandoning our old currency, everything was a lot more expensive and continued to increase, except for wages.
We were promised the earth with the Common Market but those of us in business already new it was a millionaires’ club and not for the ordinary worker.
International trade was immediately stamped on by the UK customs. Many will recall
van loads of wine being confiscated at Dover.
We had free trade but only for the multi-nationals.
I was in the meat trade and watched it die under the weight of hundreds of regulations.
But these rules were ignored by the French, Spanish and the rest of Europe.
At one time in Dundee there was a butcher’s shop in every street and a thriving meat market sending lorry loads to Smithfield and beyond.
Then it was the turn of the fishing industry. Our fleet was slashed while foreign boats were given access. How many fishmongers are left in any Scottish town?
Do you really believe that car companies like BMW, Mercedes, in fact any of them; French, German or Italian are going to stop trading with us if we pull out? No. BMW makes its biggest profits in Britain. Every manufacturer in Europe will go on trying to sell goods in Britain.
Bill Duthie. 25 St Fillans Rod, Dundee.