A blizzard of bad news

A perfect blizzard of bad news predictions compels me to return to the charge on the EU referendum.

First, we had David Cameron and a swarm of former US secretaries and NATO generals telling us the world will be engulfed in war and ‘terrorism’ if the UK leaves the EU.

This is straight out of the fruitcake department.

I’m surprised they didn’t invoke the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Then we had another crowd whose chief claim to fame was to miss the most catastrophic economic event since the Great Depression, the 2007/8 crash, warning of economic meltdown if we leave.

So let us set the record straight. The EU had no bearing on our sending troops to Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Mali, Libya or Syria.

Nor has it stopped us supplying weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, the Israelis and an assortment of ‘rebel’ groups.

We also supported the overthrow of democratically elected governments in Egypt and Ukraine – and, as I write, in Brazil.

It is these kind of actions which can endanger our security. We are our own worst enemy.

The crash of 2007/8 resulted from mass privatisation, deregulation and outsourcing.

We trashed our economy: manufacturing, agriculture, steel, shipbuilding, mining, oil and gas.

Never has so much been taken from so many and given to so few.

We were the trail blazers for neoliberalism, not the EU.

But how has all this been done? Through the exercise of supreme control over the levers of power by central government.

And that is the paradox. In or out makes no difference.

We are like a rogue elephant, charging around the world trampling on regardless.

Stephen Jackson

Albert Road


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