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In or out? Why I’ll vote out

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The EU referendum will be held on June 23. Here are four reasons why I think Britain should leave the EU.

It would strengthen the position of all those fighting austerity in Europe, especially the south.

Nobody has ever left the EU. Brexit would prove that this can happen without the sky falling in. It was precisely this fear that disarmed the Greeks in last year’s crisis.

n It would protect the next Labour government from challenges to reform under European law.

n Any attempt to reverse the neoliberal policies inflicted on this country for 30 years will quickly run up against European law.

This would be easily avoided if it was the Tories who had already taken us out of the EU.

n The British, European and US ruling classes all want us to ‘stay’. The British ruling classes, the owners of big business and high finance, nearly all want Britain to remain in the EU, as does those of the EU and the USA.

n Brexit would mess up the Tories for a generation. The Tories have squabbled over the EU for a generation now, despite the ruling class consensus for membership. Arguments over it brought down Thatcher and trashed John Major’s government. Brexit would tear the Tory party apart.

John Smithee,


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Saved myself a packet

On February 6, I completed ten years of having given up cigarettes and thought my fellow smokers would like to know just how much I have saved over the ten years at today’s prices.

I smoked about 30 cigarettes a day at, say, £7 for 20 which equates to £38,325 – yes that’s thirty-eight thousand, three hundred and twenty five pounds! Now just what could you buy with that?

There is, of course, another great improvement which is my health and that you just can’t buy! Go on – give it up – it makes sense.

West Norfolk reader,

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welney wash

Where is the democracy?

In reply to Mr M of Manea about my muddle over Welney Wash (Letters, February 3).

It is the politics of Lynn IDB that is in a muddle. What used to be a traditional organisation has changed into a tool in the hands of politicians.

The Borough Council has wrested control from the former. With control goes responsibility.

The Borough Council controls drainage each side of the River Ouse – surely that means it controls access to the flow of water between Welney and the sea?

With that control they have done away with the post of elected representation for Walsoken.

They will soon be sending me a drainage demand for a service they stopped supplying and representation I am not getting.

No taxation without reresentation. What sort of democracy is that?

The chief executive of the King’s Lynn Drainage Board is only part-time as he has a similar job in a similar organisation.

My Borough councillor is part-time as he has other more important responsibilities.

My MP is only part-time as she has more important responsibilities. It is time they all had a contract of employment providing genuine democracy to all citizens alike, not just to a favoured few.

If doctors need contracts why not MPs? What is the point of voting for a politician who has no obligation to represent one? They should have a positive responsibilty to represent their electorate set out in a contract of employment like the rest of us.

Am I really expected to farm my land without the drainage I am used to and sell my produce to supermarkets who don’t bother to pay? A lot has got to change if the country wants to be self-sufficient and attract young farmers into the business.

During the war, when the country really wanted food, we got a minimum price.

When is real democracy going to start? We thought we had got rid of the dictator.

A recent legal case may alter things, when a farmer got considerable compensation when a council deliberately flooded his land.

G. Doubleday,


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