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The Good Old Days before the EU
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Vote Leave Manifesto of Lies
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Rose Tinted Spectacles and the Blind Man's Perspective

There is one single factor about which the memory is absolutely clear about the 'good old days' and that is immigration. There were far fewer immigrants when we joined the EU in 1973.

We lived in a relatively 'static' world where travel was not easy. Air travel was expensive and visa and exchange control problems were showstoppers for many. Society was insular and racism was rife.

Some of the ‘Good Old Days’ cult have not moved forward from that era despite the fact that EU immigrants are now contributing £2.7 billions a year to our economy.

At the time Britain joined the EU and for the first few years that recovery was underway, the nation was in an economic and political mess. We were the ‘Sick Man of Europe’. Britain had been progressively losing the Empire that played a massive part in creating the wealth of the nation.

For centuries we had plundered the wealth of others. Our trade links that so many now seek to revive were false links. Empire nations bought what we manufactured because we forced them to. We exported to British ex-pat companies based in those nations, many occupying monopoly positions.

After WWII and the collapse of Empire, Britain was effectively 'On Its Own', having to replace that substantial element of wealth derived from adventure and plunder with personal achievement. The damaging elements would, and do, fill a book.

These are a few:

Unemployment. 11+ % with many people working a three-day week and energy only available to factories for a similar period.

Inflation. At one stage reaching as much as 25% with the price of some goods increasing almost daily. Interest rates frequently changing and rising above 18%. Great for savers, except that no one had savings.

Mortgage Rates fluctuating between 12% & 18%. Exchange Control Regulations preventing anyone from taking more than £60 out of the country.

Industry Failures. Disappearance of Britain's iconic industries as factories closed on an almost daily basis.

Banking Crisis. Massive Bank bail out to prevent the nation from bankruptcy.

Income Tax. Basic Rate of Tax: 30%.

When Britain joined he EU in 1973, foreign investors arrived to buy up failing industries. They saw opportunities in tariff free access to the new single market. There is no doubt that had labour been available in the small continental European EU nations; many would have invested in that central area.

Fortunately for us, Europe had a dearth of labour and Germany even had to rely on the GastArbeiter from Turkey to meet its requirements. Since that time Britain has prospered and whatever the myths about the workings of the EU, our membership has been a key element in climbing out of the pit. Be in no doubt, new EU nation's are offering those foreign investors massive incentives to move to the EU where they will get cheaper, more productive labour and continued tariff free access to the EU.

Taking Britain out will, for many of our foreign owned industries, force them to relocate. They would be stupid to do otherwise. The government has essentially bribed Nissan not to leave, but to do so for all industry is simply not possible and would certainly contravene the regulations applicable to any trade deal we might conclude.


The only difference between the situation in 1973 and the situation today that could have any appeal to anyone in Britain is that in those ‘Good Old Day’ it was possible to be overtly racist, but today, until the advent of the May government, it was not.