Europe referendum should be held now
Well, now we all know where we stand. David Cameron has spoken on the European Union.
You want a referendum? Certainly. On the Falklands issue? Within the year. On alternative voting? Straight away. Scottish independence? Next year.
In/out of the EU? Ah, well! That will take five or six years, certainly after the next election. Vote me in first and then we'll give you one.
Just let me speak to our European partners and explain that we're not happy with certain issues that affect us. I can see that happening!
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That wouldn't include the vanished fishing fleet that we used to have, Prime Minister? No, I thought not. Well, at least Norway still fishes its own waters with a fishing fleet.
How green does Cameron think the electorate is? Ted Heath and Harold Wilson deceived us over this issue. The promises were:
1. Good sense for jobs and prosperity.
2. No loss of national identity.
3. Good sense for world peace.
4. Secure food at fair prices.
Well, the first never happened and the second certainly happened.
For the third, the eurocrats tend to ignore the Balkan crisis with the massacre at Srebrenica and others, while the EU faffed about and left it to the UN and Nato to sort out.
For the fourth, butter mountains, wine lakes, fallow fields, the Common Agricultural Policy and straight bananas – we've had it all thrown at us. When farmers are paid to do nothing with their land, how does that benefit the nation?
There are healthier markets outside of Europe for us to trade with and prosper on our own behalf – China, India, South America and the North American bloc.
I have seen German cars exported to these places in large numbers and hardly a British car to be seen anywhere. What does that tell us?
Germany is still trading all over the world in the car industry. We cannot compare.
It is my belief that we have been deceived and shackled by EU embargoes for too long. This is our chance to go it alone. Don't be deceived again and again by political propaganda.
Now is the time for an in/out referendum, not in five or six years time! It is time this country stood on its own two feet, for the sake of generations to come, and it is time we got politicians able to run a country, instead of just rubber-stamping EU directives.
J Robinson, Glen Parva.