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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Europe’s great triumph has been to shatter Britain’s self-confidence


In response to Cerberus: The lady’s not for rewriting. Thatcher would vote to leave the EU, Don Benson wrote:

The great trump card of the EU and those who support it has been the destruction of self-confidence within member states. The notion that a country of any size, but particularly one of the size of Britain, cannot perfectly well order its own affairs and survive superbly well as an independent trading nation is absurd. Yet how often do you hear people say, ‘we would really struggle on our own’? Politicians, pundits and so-called business leaders,  whose oily existence depends upon knocking the stuffing out of our population in this way, really are contemptible.

I would seriously question Mrs Thatcher’s judgement over the EU for most of her time, but she did at least come to realise what a mistake the whole enterprise had turned out to be. For Lord Powell to suggest she might have changed once again and supported today’s deceitful Cameron position is as laughable as it is irrelevant to the forthcoming referendum. Of course, it is another diversion from the real issue and we will see any amount of diversions, such as Cameron’s ridiculous ‘Calais jungle would come to the UK’ nonsense, in the coming weeks.

But will the pro-freedom side ever get its act together in a focused campaign to stiffen the resolve, enlarge the vision and re-energise our all but defeated British population? Sadly, I’m not holding my breath.

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