‘I’ Conclusion-better off out
To conclude, we ‘Euro-sceptics’ love the
real Europe, the Europe of separate democracies, each with its glorious history
and culture. But we fear the Project of
European Union, which we see as a bad idea.
It is a bad idea like slavery, communism and high rise flats.
We must not forget the damage, which
ideas can do when they become generally accepted, but turn out to be wrong. I
don’t know if you heard of the letter written by a young White Russian officer
in 1918 to his fiancée from the front against the Bolsheviks:
“ Oh, my darling! Please do not worry. In a few weeks I shall be home with you in
Moscow, and we shall be married. These
people are not very well armed, and their ideas are even worse.”
A few days later he was killed, so he was
wrong about their arms. But he turned
out to be right about the ideas, which inspired Soviet Communism. It is that it took 70 years and 50 million
lives to prove his point.
Let’s hope the EU doesn’t end up as quite
such a dangerous idea as that. With any
luck it will start to decay from within, if we have the energy to understand it, expose it, and fight
There is nothing right –wing, negative, frightening or
extreme about leaving the EU and keeping our hard-won right to govern
ourselves. As the fourth biggest
economy in the world, as its third largest trading nation, (9)
and as a major military power, leaving the EU would be a
liberating, refreshing, positive, modern thing to do. And we would be much
richer as well!
NB. Official figures and Briefing Notes from impeccable sources
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