This morning I received a limited eMail circulation from Iain Mckie, who is UKIP’s PPC for the Isle of Wight next year, which contained the two flyers you can see in the article’s headline picture. As someone who had voted in 1975, 39 years ago, it brought back some memories of a dim and distant, but momentous and damaging, moment in our history. How many of the nation’s 45 million or so voters today were over 18 then, 10-15 million of us, perhaps?
I fear that, as well, that I am guilty of having the wool veritably pulled over my eyes by Harold Wilson, Ted Heath and their “Yes” campaigns. For that I humbly apologise, but I was young and relatively uninformed – also there was no internet, no alternative media, no other choice than to believe what the media and politicians told us, and most of them seemed to think it was a “good thing”.
Let’s have a look at some of the statements made on the two posters and consider them with the perspective of our history:
For Gran – a share in a peaceful and united Europe’s higher pensions.
- The first promise – peaceful and united. Not any more now that the EU has managed to stir up war in Ukraine with its expansionist dreams, and the potential for civil war from mass immigration of people’s with alien cultures.
- The second promise – take a look at this table and judge for yourself (http://conversation.which.co.uk/money/uk-state-pension-comparison-serps/)
For Dad – a bigger say at work with a share in his firm’s profit.
- The EU has introduced yards of legislation, but none as far as I am aware that enforces participation in profit sharing schemes. With things like zero hours contracts, and dropping labour rates at the lower end of the scale (due to mass immigration), many are now worse off.
For Mum – A rising standard of living with secure food supplies at sensible prices, equal pay for work of equal value.
- The price of an average shopping basket actually rose massively following EEC accession. Take a look at this RPI table for the 1970s, bearing in mind we were actually taken into the EU in 1973:
Year Increase % Index (Jan 1987 = 100) 1970 7.9 19.2 1971 9.0 20.9 1972 7.7 22.5 1973 10.6 24.9 1974 19.1 29.6 1975 24.9 37.0 1976 15.1 42.6 1977 12.1 47.8 1978 8.4 51.8 1979 17.2 60.7 1980 15.1 69.9
- In a speech, Enoch Powell (who campaigned in the “No” campaign quite vociferously) quoted this statement by the Consumer’s Association in 1976:
“Butter in the E.E.C. is 270 per cent of the world market price, skimmed milk powder 330 per cent, beef around 200 per cent and wheat around 150 per cent”
For the Kids: A great future, in a Europe offering more opportunities and a better way of life.
- Really, when youth unemployment is at its highest ever? In UK we are relatively fortunate, compared to Southern Europe, but that then increases the pressure on their youth to move to Britain – more mass immigration.
But the statement from the Isle of Wight MP, Steve Ross, really takes the biscuit in terms of delusions rather than lies:
“I do not believe that as an offshore island with a population of 56 million either should or even could consider going it alone”
So, when that nation was 6 million people in 1700, 16 million in 1800 and 41 million in 1900 it built the largest Empire the world had ever seen! Even when that Empire crumpled owing to our bankruptcy from getting involved in 2 European wars (that became World Wars), and the pressures for independence from the indigenous peoples, we had good enough relationships to maintain a Commonwealth that thankfully still exists, despite the slap in the face we gave it in 1975 on affirming our EEC membership.
Out of the EU, the United Kingdom can turn its focus out to the world again, rather than the crumbling Europe. We can forge our own trade deals, we can revitalise our relationships with the successful and growing nations of the Commonwealth, and we can look forward to a brighter future for us, our children and our grandchildren.