Surrey in Europe
Newsletter of the Surrey branch of the European Movement -
The European elections -
Hustings at Sussex University
David Woodhead’s letter to Telegraph
Ian Deloford’s idea for a leaflet
David Weaver’s idea for a leaflet
The euro is safe
Strong leadership in Eurozone
UK Plc for Sale
City set for decline outside Eurozone
Will William Hague climb down?
We must be bolder in our advocacy
IN or OUT -
“The world is too much with us,” wrote Wordsworth, “we are out of tune”. And that was well before anyone had had to come to terms with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Google+! The world has moved on and, dammit, we must try to catch up -
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EU Elections -
At first glance, we supporters of the EU will be dismayed by the results, but look more closely and there are good reasons to look on the bright side.
First of all, UKIP did well but they did not get a majority of the votes. Parties where at least the leadership is in favour of our staying in the EU got 72% of the vote. Even more important, only 36% of the electorate voted, so only 10% of the electorate actually voted for UKIP. Of course that is irrelevant at the moment -
We are up against atavistic human tendencies to look for scapegoats in times of uncertainty and we are up against a profound ignorance of history which has shown us time and again over the centuries that such human reactions lead to intolerance, unreason -
Migration has apparently been a major issue in the election. Mainstream politicians have avoided the issue for too long. Unless explained and catered for, migration can of course lead to problems. That aspect has been ignored. The positive side has also been ignored. The UK Health Service would collapse were it not for the 30% of doctors who have come from abroad. The Universities would be the poorer without foreign students and academic staff. And if you want a clinching argument -
The popular cry is that foreigners abuse our benefits system. The government can find no significant evidence of this and should somehow be forced to admit it loudly and clearly.
The success of UKIP must be a wake-