With so much currently going on in the news with the whole EU in/out side of things which way should us Islanders be looking ?
Personally I feel we should be in, yes we pay a lot to be in but then we equally get a fair amount back out in subsidies, not as much as we put in mind but then our economy is better than some of our counter parts. Some say the money we give to the EU would be better spent here UK, cant argue that one, however if you added up the subsidies and then took in to the fact the possible trade loss (I say possible) would we actually be better off ?
Re-immigration, while many appear to think they come over here and just take the hand outs, I dont think thats strictly true, yes there will always be some that do that, but hang on we’ve got plenty of our own doing that too, the thing who would do all the lower paid and maybe not so choice jobs here in the UK if we didnt have immigration, seems to me the brits wouldnt do them as they want to be on X-factor and the likes.
So which way do we go, and at the end of the day is it likely to affect the Island in any measurable way ??
On the Meridian News in the past few months, there have been reports on two children in the region.
The first is a little boy of about 9. He loves playing football but his limbs are getting stiffer and stiffer, and he will end up in a wheelchair and then he will die. He has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. There is a drug that would slow down the disease, so he could play football and walk for longer, and stay alive for longer. Once he is in a wheelchair the drug would be useless.
He has been denied this drug. It is too expensive.
The second child is a girl. She needs a kidney transplant and her father is willing to donate one of his. However – in order for this transplant to take place, she also needs a drug.
She has been denied this drug because it is too expensive.
Someone please tell me how this can be so, when we are giving 55m a day to the EU and 19bn in foreign aid?
This alone makes me want to come out of the EU. There are many more reasons but, to me, these two reasons are enough.
Folk forget or don’t know about the many benefits of being in the EU. They particularly forget that some of the rules and regulations were actually introduced by Brits in the first place. Just imagine what the USA would be like if all of the separate states had said that they were not prepared to work together as they now mostly do and it was Brits who pretty well started it all in the first place. If they had not decided to all work together in the first place we might well have been “run over” by either Hitler, Stalin or the Japanese by now. Petty squabbling over relatively unimportant matters demonstrates xenophobia and little Englander mentalities in my view.
Latest “poll of polls” show that we will be staying it seems but the margin is quite narrow. I suspect that this is what has caused the recent fall in the value of the pound which is soon going to mean some price increases folks just as has been predicted. So all you “out” voters, do you realise that this is what may well happen? Petrol is already showing signs of going back up again causing me to fill my tank to the brim this week.
One also has to ask the question “If it is so bad, why were Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, etc., so keen on joining in the first place?
Do we have the leaders to lead us on the world stage? It will take two years to leave during which time many negotiations and agreements have to be made to enable us to trade. The world is not waiting for us to appear as a trading superstar. They see us more in the chorus line.
On the other hand I will earn a few bob as Poll Clerk so it’s an ill wind ……….
I’ve had a entry level IT/Telecoms job advertised in Peterborough for the past 4 weeks and not one applicant. No specialist experience or qualifications needed just good level of education and usual computer skills – starting salary circa £17k.
Not one applicant. We probably NEED more immigrants. Having said that, although I’m pro Europe, I’m thinking vote OUT to get a better deal on offer then vote IN.
Risky gambit, I know, but probably worth it.