Posted: 15/05/2016 at 13:00
Yesterday the family landed dogs and all amid the munching of plates of sandwiches and oceans of tea plus the usual happy back chat I could see my 14 year old grandson looking pensive, I can read him like a book and he and I communicate without speaking, surrounded by women we have to.
Sitting next to me he asked my thoughts on Exit, the school he attends have split the pupils in groups to make a case for against or an in between solution. For a month he had read up everything he could and listened to the pundits for each. His first remarks were they are all telling lies, they do not know cannot forecast what would happen. They dangle three hundred and fifty billion in front of our eye's when the actual cost is one seventh of that and that against the gross national product is a flea bite. The EU have been very good to our farmers heavy industry and even more so to light industry. Our exports are less to the EU than the gross export yet would take a lot of making up should we leave. Our old trading partners found new markets when we dumped them to join the EU. America is trying to bypass us in agreements for a North Atlantic trade pact. I sat amazed listening to this and laughed when he said France would love us out as we export meat and other products that their farmers think they should have. That old ingrained enmity is still there in the young.
I asked how would you vote, he said IN, why, this is my world granddad I have to live in it and progress, you were once out of it what was that like. Well son we lost our Heavy industry saw Chemicals car building boat building disappear and what is left could go again. We have banking and all know what a mess that is, interest rates at the time were in the teens, wages restricted, each Government worse than the other, a black cloud was coming down on my head. You saw the cold war Granddad yes it was often hotter than people knew and although we were NATO it was made up from many countries it would not have happened had those countries not agreed to put armed forces up front.
Immigration said Matthew this country was made from immigrants, Anglo's Vikings French, Dutch thousands of Poles Chek's German POW's who could not go home after the war and many from the west indies India Pakistan, many hospitals would close without immigrants and what is a few hundred thousand in a population of 66 Million.
Knowing I was wobbling he asked my opinion, what could I say it is his world mine is nearly gone, it is his future and for a fourteen year old boy to have researched it so well he has to present it at school yet I changed to an IN and that is how I will vote. My Grandson amazed me with his knowledge and thoughts on the EU, I think together is better, the way to change things is being on the committee changing it from the inside, in three years time it will be all change as the EU countries hold elections we will see.