Former UKIP candidate Nigel Coghill-Marshall’s 50-year dislike of the European Union (Northumberland Gazette, September 21) is sad, simply because life is just too short.
It has its faults, but is essentially a force for shared, civilised, humane values in an increasingly brutal world.
He attacks the Continental legal system, but does it have any more miscarriages of justice than the UK? For example, does it let rogue bankers off scot-free?
Just what does he mean by sovereignty?
As a proud citizen of Northumberland, of the United Kingdom and of the European Union, their political bodies all exert influence and authority over my life in appropriate ways. The least democratic of those three layers is, at present, our Westminster Parliament with about five per cent of MPs basically dictating policy. Is this really great democracy?
But where did UKIP go?
Nigel Farage first went to grovel to Trump and Bannon in a golden lift. Just like Trump/Bannon, Farage fell out with his ally, Douglas Carswell. The latter is demanding that the Government/taxpayer should be preparing for the disaster he demanded – a ‘hard Brexit’.
He mentions ‘minor’ issues like the stopping of all flights between the UK and the EU and the ineligibility of UK driving licences.
What he doesn’t mention is the effect on the 16,000 HGVs, which mainly take parts for the UK’s foreign-owned assembly plants to and fro every day, or for the economy of rural Northumberland, with the immediate imposition of 40 per cent tariffs on our lamb and beef exports.
The implications for UK industry, agriculture and the entire economy are catastrophic.
I have just seen the best ever metaphor for Brexit. Every Christmas a group of chancers sell tickets for a ‘Christmas Wonderland’. This hits the headlines when furious parents find that it is nothing but a muddy car park, with a group of thugs dressed as elves and a mobile unit decorated with a few lights and a very dodgy Santa.
The difference is that Brexit is not about a few sobbing kiddies. Like those parents, the British people, as the pound sinks and food prices already soar, will feel robbed.