I am sorry but I have to comment on the news cast that I awoke to this morning which had an item on the risks of Britain leaving Europe. Ignore the long running debate about whether we should have a referendum, I long ago concluded that its nothing to do with us what happens that’s for the politicians to decide, my concern was with the phrasing of the debate.
It was clear apparently that being within Europe meant that costs to export were predictable and lower and this helped ours small businesses trade into Europe. Several small business owners were trotted out who told us how they would suffer outside of Europe and that this had a potential to affect jobs. Now I was brought up in an era of privatisation and somehow I am sensing that I am being hoodwinked.
Privatisation never made any sense to me, the government declare that whilst they are clearly the best people to run the massive finances of the country they are not capable of running a company, so they sell it on. The company that is sold goes on to be hugely successful and profitable whilst the government continues to lose money paying acres** of civil servants to ‘monitor perfromance’.
So what relevance does privatisation have to the Europe debate? well I was in a generation that was taught that jobs could not be bought or subsidised, well at least not in this country, everyone would have to stand on their own two feet so to speak. Given that we are a net importer from Europe we are essentially subsidising any and all jobs that are reliant on our membership of the union, our subsidy to these jobs is E13.8Bn! Where does this fit with the politicians grand ideals and determined drive for independent jobs? why is it OK to pay Europe and not British Coal/Gas/telecom?
The answer? anything is OK as long as a politician can get a free ride on a gravy train.
*A cross between b***ocks and politics
**The only suitable measure for something so stationary