Old and thick and proud of it!

It’s official: if you voted Leave it’s because you’re thick. Following the result, the BBC is in deepest mourning and The Guardian has put black armbands around its spelling mistakes. A BBC “expert,” armed with his charts and spread-sheets, came on to tell us that those who voted Leave tended to be “the less educated.” You could see by his contemptuous stare that he meant we’re thick. Well, 56.2% of Darlington folk voted Leave so, by what the man from the Beeb said, that means the majority of its inhabitants must be thick. I suppose you can comfort yourselves by contemplating the fact that in Hartlepool, where 69.6% voted Leave, the population must be even thicker.

But if it’s thickies who voted Leave, are they saying that Eton and Oxbridge educated, Greek and Latin scholar, eminent columnist and author Boris Johnson is thick? Or that Michael Gove is thick? Or Dr Simon Heffer, Dr John Redwood, Professor Roger Scruton and a score more Leavers I can think of, are all “the less educated”? Of course not. It was just a jibe by a BBC apparatchik full of disappointment and bile. But, according to these professional Europhiles, the Leavers among us are not only thick but we’re also past it – or, as the man put it, “the more elderly.” I live in Eastbourne where we voted convincingly for Leave, so we have the double honour of being both thick and past it in the eyes of the chattering classes  

Well, I can’t deny that I’m getting on a bit and well-stricken in years, but what is thick about voting to get out of the rotten EU? Polly Toynbee, Joan Bakewell, J.K. Rowling and all the posh lefties and luvvies you can think of say the Leave vote shows that we have no idealism and no feeling for democracy. But from where I’m sitting in my specially-adapted old codger’s armchair in the dunce’s corner, I should like to ask where’s the idealism or the democracy in voting Remain – that is voting to be ruled by an alien, corrupt, remote and unaccountable bureaucracy constituted of unelected Commissioners?

These intelligent people in the BBC and at The Guardian say that hidebound reactionaries like me have surrendered the broader vision and settled for being little Englanders. This is simply a lie. The EU is not a loving European family operating a glorious free market; it is a customs union whose outrageously high system of tariffs prevents us from trading with the rest of the world. The Remainers say our leaving will damage our exports and our economy generally. This is another lie, for we already buy more from the EU than we sell them. Besides, trade is about mutual interests. Is anyone foolish enough to imagine that, following our decision to leave, the Germans will stop selling us their fine motor cars and washing machines, that the cash-strapped Greeks will no longer export their olive oil and the Italians their tomatoes? They would be mad not to.

The EU is not a happy family of nations. It is an economic straitjacket governed by Germany which impoverishes the countries of southern Europe by obliging them to use the Euro, the same currency, as the industrialised and technologically more advanced north. What Bismarck failed to achieve by force of arms in 1870, the Kaiser in 1914 and Hitler in 1939, Angela Merkel has accomplished without firing a shot. In effect, the EU is the Fourth Reich.

Call me old and thick if you like, but I know I’m better off out.  

By Rev Peter Mullen. Used with permission

The UK’s liabilities to the financial mechanisms of the European Union

Independent research, commissioned by the Bruges Group from acknowledged expert in this field Bob Lyddon, shows that the true extent of the UK’s potential exposure to the European Investment Bank (EIB), European Central Bank (ECB) and EFSM (European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism) is over £80 billion. If the crisis in the Eurozone continues this already high figure could increase massively. Far from Brexit being an economic disaster, as Mr Osborne has claimed, it could be hugely beneficial, extracting us from a large potential black hole.

The UK carries huge financial liabilities as an EU Member State, liabilities that could translate into calls for cash far higher than our annual Member cash contribution. These are created through various funds and facilities of the EU itself, and through shareholdings in the European Investment Bank and the European Central Bank. Each of these bodies engages in financial dealings on a large scale, with the Member States acting as guarantors for sums borrowed. The main recipients of funds are the Eurozone periphery states: Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

The UK, being one of the largest and most creditworthy of the Member States, is looked at as one of the guarantors most able to stump up extra cash as and when demanded, demanded, that is, by a Qualified Majority of Member States with no unilateral right of refusal. Such calls can be expected if another crisis blows up in the Eurozone.

The UK’s leaving the EU would relieve us of these considerable risks and liabilities. This independent research shows that Britain should leave the European Union. To download it, please click here.

Project Fear 1975 style

We have already highlighted the fear tactics used in Norway’s 1994 vote on EU membership. In the 1975 referendum campaign in the UK, similar tactics were used, just as they are at the moment. Here is Peter Shore’s stirring speech at the Oxford Union debate 3 days before the 1975 referendum debunking “Project Fear”. Well worth a listen, according to our President, George West.

(image courtesy George Libbet, the Guardian)

The final push – some useful tips and general comment

This could be the week for which many of us have longed and campaigned for years – the moment when the “Brexit door” will finally swing open! Of course, a “leave” vote will only be the start of a process to disentangle us from the EU, but it would still be the occasion for a great celebration after all the hard work so many of us have put in – sometimes stretching back over many years.

The polls suggest that things are very tight. We seemed to be on a roll last week, but the tragic murder of Jo Cox seems to have slowed our momentum as campaigning was almost completely stopped when the news was announced – and rightly so. However, the worst possible result would be a narrow win for “remain” driven by a mixture of an emotional response to the actions  of a madman and a fear campaign that would still leave the fundamental issue of our dissatisfaction with the EU unresolved.

This must not happen for our country’s sake and it is apparent is that there are still undecided voters out there who can and must be won over. Many of them are still ignorant of the nature of the European project and I have received many comments that the “headline” campaign featuring prominent politicians has done little to inform them.

This does present us with a great opportunity. A poll published by the Sun a couple of weeks ago found that people were four more time more likely to trust a stranger than a politician to tell them the truth about the EU.  We, as ordinary people, can make a real difference and indeed are doing so. Support for leave among the Roman Catholic community in Northern Ireland is rising, although it is unlikely that either this group or Scotland  will deliver an overall “leave” vote.

London has also been something of a stronghold for Remain, but a new “London for Leave” group has been working behind the scenes to sin support in our Capital. You can watch a short video produced by the group here and an event is planned in Soho tomorrow. If you are able to support it, please contact Ayumi for details.

Brexit the Movie continues to attract viewings, with over 1,380,000 to date.  Its left-of-centre counterpart Lexit the Movie is also receiving a lot of hits considering it was only launched a few days ago.

For anyone looking to provide their friends with a balanced view giving both sides of the argument, James Bacon’s helpful website is a very useful resource. James does support leaving the EU, but reached his decision after much patient analysis of the pros and cons. You will find none of the hot-headed claim and counter-claim that has put so many people off the whole debate.

Our final leaflets have been mailed out now. You are still welcome to download and print pdfs from our leaflets page and we will are also offering two window posters (large and small) which you can print off.

A couple of final tips:- Don’t forget to circulate your freinds and colleagues by e-mail and to update your Facebook pages, etc. explainig why we should leave the EU. I have been surprised by the positive response to an e-mail I sent out to  some old friends over the weekend.  As mentioned above, there are undecided voters out there and you can help them decide to leave.

Also, it is worth contating your local “leave” group to see if you can help with transporting voters with limited mobility to their local polling station on Thursday.  To reiterate, every vote counts!

This evening, the final weekly e-mail will be sent before the referendum. We  will post further articles to the website in the coming days, but hopefully, the next weekly e-mail will include a celebration of a great victory, won by ordinary people against the odds.

Finally, you may enjoy the poem below, sent by one of our supporters:-

‘Won’t you join our Common Market?’ said the spider to the fly,

‘It really is a winner and the cost is not too high’

‘I know De Gaulle said ’’ Non’’, but he hadn’t got a clue,

‘We want you in, my friends and I, for we have plans for you. 

‘You’ll have to pay a little more than we do, just for now,

‘As Herr Kohl said, and I agree, we need a new milch cow,

‘It’s just a continental term, believe me , mon ami,

‘Like ‘’Vive la France’’ or ‘’Mad Anglais’’ or even ‘’E.E.C.’’. 

‘As to the rules, don’t worry friend, there’s really but a few

‘You’ll find that we ignore them – but they all apply to you.

‘Give and share between us, that’s what it’s all about,

‘You do all the giving, and we all share it out. 

‘It’s very British, is it not, to help a friend in need?

‘You’ve done it twice in two World Wars, a fact we must concede,

‘So climb aboard the Market Train, don’t sit there on the side,

‘Your continental cousins want to take you for a ride’