It is quite staggering that 3 former chancellors have publically come out against UK continued membership of the EU. Healey is now 95 should have been Labour leader and PM in the mid seventies after Wilson retired but like David Milliband he was defeated by a lesser man Callaghan who grovelled to the unions. He was famous as the chancellor who turned round at Heathrow because of a sterling crisis. Sunday morning and Michael Forsyth, former Tory Scottish secretary has come out against membership of the EU. He and Lamont are not premier league but Lawson, Healey and Portillo are very much champions league performers.
Booker this morning in the Telegraph urges using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to firm up the arguments but of course the 1972 European Act will have to be repealed. There is clearly a strong wish amongst the British people to leave the EU and negotiate our own trade deals with Europe and the wider world from outside the EU and designed in the interests of Britain. Our problem is to get a fair referendum on leaving the EU put to the British people something the political elite of all parties bitterly oppose.. Why?
The reason is the EU provides a huge financial gravy train for the political elite to line their pockets. It gives a world platform for this largely self appointed and self perpetuating elite to strut and preen their huge egos which go with their limited inteligence and massive greed.
Look at the Kinnocks, an EU happy family. Mr Kinnock, aka the Welsh Windbag, Mrs Kinnock and Master Kinnock have all had huge amounts of EU money over the years. What talent or training does Mrs Frtumpy have to be head of the EU Fororeign Office with a salary three times he Briitish PM.
EU massaging of the political elite egos and bank balances starts with lavishly subsidised school trips to Brussels and Strasbourg and paid internships for the well connected jeunesse doree like Pinnochio Clegg who was found a nice little job in EU commissioner Leon Brittan's office to ease his way into the euro political elite. Huhne was another who enjoyed EU munificence at an early age. They and many others saw which side their bread was buttered on and also that the views of the electorate were irrelevant to the Euro ruling class.
This was clearly shown in an interview Andrew Neil did with a French MEP whose constituency she claimed includes London. (How?) She was quite clear this was a matter for Britain's political leaders to sort out. That says exactly why we should not be in the EU and never should have joined the EEC. I was working for the Civil Service in 72/73 and it was clear then that our culture and system was incompatible with the European dirigiste regimes. The economic argument was used as a smokescreen to cover the federalist intentions of our political elite, Woy, Teddy, Shirl etc. It is now clearto Joe Public this was a massive con. The economic future of this country lies with the Commonwealth, and the other BRICs.
I have written this over two days so I update from the Sunday papers and TV. Twinkletoes Cable in the Telegraph in furtherance of his leadership ambitions takes as Eurosceptic position as I have ever seen a senior LibDem espouse in public but of course the greatest contribution came fro Michael Gove, a cabinet minister, who said on the BBC Marr lite show that if there were a referendum on our EU membership tomorrow he would vote for us to leave! He added his preferred option would be the Dave renegotiation but he obviously thinks that day will never see a dawn.
Cleeg's duplicitous nature is documented in a Daily Mail piece by the irrepressible Quentin Letts. Click to read
We are winning the argument to leave the EU. Now we will find out if Farage is up to winning the war.