67% – Proportion of UK electorate who voted to remain in the European Economic Community in 1975 in a referendum.
22% – Proportion of UK electorate who would definitely vote to remain in the EU were a similar referendum held now.
40% – Proportion of UK electorate who would probably vote to stay in EU were a similar referendum held now.
51% – Proportion of UK electorate who would probably vote to leave EU were a similar referendum held now.
Source: ICM poll commissioned by The
Telegraph The Guardian
Actually, I take no pleasure in this at all. Those at the vanguard of the Euro- sceptic lobby are the self same type of eejits who want the return of fox hunting and the death penalty. I would actually quite like to be pro EU, as such a concept of international cooperation and fraternity suits my liberal view of the world.
However many years ago I noticed that the EU seemed to be based on a whole series of summits where no one could agree on anything.
After each one there would be briefings and statements from the various leaders which made one wonder if they had indeed been party to the same discussions. The impression given in photo calls was a unanimous one. A unanimous smile through collective gritted teeth.
I’m quite old fashioned in that I think that effective government is probably better situated quite near the location of the population affected by its legislation and decisions
That’s not to say that national governments should not cooperate and agree – of course they should, but what is the most likely route to that agreement?
In the housing estate where I live there is a Residents Association. At meetings, residents come along and discuss the various matters which concern them and in the main, can usually (indeed always) settle on the way to go by debate and discussion.
I sometimes wonder what the spirit of cooperation between residents would be like if there were connecting corridors built between each house, members of each household were free to come and go as they pleased and that everyone’s pay was credited to a single bank account.? If one household got into financial problems largely through not sticking to agreed rules and regulations, the others would rally round and bail them out.
It wouldn’t work.
Neither I’m afraid does the EU or the single currency.
The UK electorate it seems has woken up to that fact.
The mainstream parties have to get a handle on this soon, otherwise that jolly old jackass Nigel Farage and his UKIP cronies will continue in their untroubled ascendency.