The hot topic at the moment is the EU Referendum for the UK. Everyone has their own views on whether we are better in than we are out. Of course I wouldn’t expect either side to campaign without a touch of sensationalism to add impact to what they are trying to get across. Each blaming the other for exaggerating and lying. Debates getting rigged, Media having their strings pulled – that is the nature of the beast.
I think the one thing they don’t seem to realise is that most of the general public are not fools and it doesn’t take a university degree for anyone to think for themselves, in fact a university degree is no guarantee that common sense comes with it, that is something else entirely and not everyone who is academic has common sense. It therefore amazes me that in choosing whether to vote in or out, some of the smartest people I know can do no better than repeat parrot fashion what someone else says as being the absolute truth instead of finding out for themselves what the result of either outcome would be.
If we are better in than out, why is it so many member states are falling by the wayside, where is this promise of land flowing with milk and honey should we join the EU, and do they think this is the only way we can survive. Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus and Spain already had needed bail outs, now we hear France and Germany are on a sticky wicket, why is it not working then?
UK farmers get paid not to plant certain crops, whilst other EU members get paid to grow them. UK fishermen can only catch certain fish and have to throw excess to their quota back, dead or alive, and we have to import the fish we want. Isn’t that just a tad ludicrous, so many in world are hungry and we throw perfect good food away – usually because of EU rules.
UK businesses are getting funding to move to other countries. So in our desire for a better life, did the EU actually say UK would be included in that better life or are we just the contributors? They give us funds, but it’s our money in the first place and they tell us how to spend it.
The controversal £350 million per week is our contribution to the EU but then it’s not really what we pay because we get a rebate. Less than that again when we get money back to support farmers and research. What is left, still a few million, goes to support everyone else, but the President of the European Commision gets about 306,655 euros per anum, it’s the top salary but he has around 5-7 vice presidents (277,776 Euros P.A. each)*, then there are all the other office bearers and staff to consider. Not including what it costs to run the EU buildings, and move the whole contents of the European Parliament from Brussels to Strasbourg** for a week every month – and back at a cost of £130 million per year to the European Tax payer – all because one Frenchman blocked the vote to being in one place all the time. It’s being run by people we don’t know, their past president, previously prime minister of Luxemburg was thought to be past it, perhaps due to his drinking which was why our PM didn’t vote for him, but he was still put in as president of the EU commission. Another official, embezzelled his party funds but because of France’s amnesty rules, that can’t be mentioned. Years worth of books not audited and when they were even their own auditors refused to write off more than £100 billion of it’s own spending and errors. How do they try to rectify that – by asking UK for a further £1.7 million… erm ‘No’ I believe was the answer.
So far I don’t see a lot of sense on how the EU is being run.
The ‘Brexiters’ say we will be better off, we can make our own rules without the constraints of Brussels. We won’t be held back by stupid legislation. Where businesses have moved out, surely there are still those around with imagination, enthusiasm and skills to build up new businesses. We are still members of the G7, G20, NATO, Commonwealth league of nations of which our own Queen is head. We already trade with the rest of the world. Most of the EU countries are in NATO so why would war break out if we leave? G7, the top economic countries in the world, G20 includes even more countries – we’re already part of all that. EFTA (European Free Trade Association) have already written to parliament stating their willingness to have us rejoin, we left EFTA when we joined the EEC.
I see the only future being with leaving and perhaps other countries will follow, giving Europe a chance to sort themselves out and the member countries recover and maybe we can get back to the original EEC which was what we joined in the first place.