This is my 40th blog about our membership of the European Union and I have 18 more to go before we reach 23rd June. I thought it might be a good idea to list them all so you can look back at any you may have missed or want to check up on. Also I know that some other sites are starting to use some of the information I have gathered and that is fine. This list may help you in your researches.
Listing them like this also makes the point that this vote is very important, much more so than a General election and it is more than a decision based on a single issue. Although I fear that for many, one issue will be the deciding factor in how you vote.
Here is this list, the first one was way back in February. I have included the number of hits each item has had so far…. for what its worth.
Number 1 European Membership 26/02/2016 173
Number2 Over 30 million dead 28/02/2016 313
Number 3 The end of the Booze cruise 252
Number 4 Calais border controls 175
Number 5 Brits living in France 530
Number 6 Science funding 171
Number 7 Full English breakfast? 126
Number 8 Import and export of endangered species 71
Number 9 The bottom line, ‘foreigners’ 522
Number 10 Migration figures, the facts 315
Number 11 Your continental holiday 349
Number 12 NHS 305
Number13 Calais/migrants 440
Number 14 Football 194
Number15 Defence 148
Number16 Workers rights 500
Number17 Maternity rights 157
Number18 Decimalised time 142 1/04/2016
Number19 Benefit claims from EU migrants 144
Number20 GB benefit claimants in the EU 284
Number21 European wars 143
Number22 Pensions paid to UK citizens living in the EU 184
Number23 Statutory paid holidays 146
number24 The expat. vote 67
Number25 The cost 360
Number26 Education policy 150
Number27 Scotland 135
Number28 Roaming charges 159
Number29 Tobacco 128
Number30 Obama or Le Pen? 73
Number31 Health care (insurance) 744
Number32 Second home owners in Europe 398
Number33 The future for Europe 145
Number34 The pounds decline 264
Number35 Car industry 175
Number36 Ivory trade 115
Number37 Overseas aid budget 151
Number38 Brexit time scale 409
Number39 The environment 59 11/05/2016
Number40 This overview. 587 13/05/2016
NO POST….. HARD DRIVE FAILURE….SORRY 15/05/2016
Number41 Taxes on ‘fags and booze’ 120 17/05/2016
Number42 General Taxation 84 19/05/2016
Number43 A second referendum 76 21/05/2016
Number44 National Debt 125 23/05/2016
Number45 Hinkley Point 123 25/05/2016
Number46 A step to the right. 343 27/05/2016
Number47 Osborne’s claim 168 29/05/2016
Number48 Immigration 372 31/05/2016
Number49 Biodiversity 215 2/06/2016
Number50 Welfare and Pensions 268 4/06/2016
Number51 New members 173 6/06/2016
Number52 Sovereignty.. the last word 391 8/06/2016
Number53 Oradour sur Glane. 6,090 10/06/2016
Number54 Europol 12/06/2016
Number55 Spain, Portugal, Italy… 14/06/2016
Number56 Old timers 16/06/2016
Number57 Nobel Prize 18/06/2016
Number 58 Summing up 20/06/2016
Number 59 A chasm of uncertainty 22/06/2016
Why have I done all this ??
Well…. I start this sentence with ‘well’ because I do not like the modern trend to start all sentences with ‘so’, even ermm is better. OK move on
Well… I have to declare an interest and maybe an apology.
First of all the interest… all politicians should declare interests, some do … but here is mine
I am a liberal Democrat. I have voted Lib Dem in every election except one… my first when I voted Conservative for Norman St John Stevas He was MP for Chelmsford. He was very pro the Monarchy and so am I. He also campaigned to save a Magnolia tree in the centre of Chelmsford and won. I like trees and this was a magnificent tree. So I make no apologies for voting for him. I also went along to the local shopping centre one cold evening to see him stand on a box and address the crowd of about 20 people. That’s how it was back then.
I also went to see Iain Macleod MP in Chelmsford when I was in the 6th form… I don’t know where I got it all from, my parents were not political at all.
Some years later I stood as the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for NW Norfolk, an experience… here are the results. No comment.
|General Election 1992: North West Norfolk|
|Liberal Democrat||AM Waterman||8,599||13.8||−18.2|
|Natural Law||SRA Pink||330||0.5||N/A|
I am obviously committed to Europe, and I am committed to Proportional representation. That makes me Lib Dem along with other principals, so a referendum in which every vote counts is obviously in tune with my thinking. Also voting on Europe is going to fire me up.
This brings me on to my apology.. I know a lot of people follow my blog about Poitou-Charentes and you have been subjected to my posts on about Europe for the last 3 months. Only one person has rejected me and moved on, so I thank all of you others who have tolerated my posts and had the good grace to bear with me.
Some of you may have found them informative, I hope so, some may have been persuaded to vote to stay in Europe. I have found that doing the research has taught me a lot… and taken up a lot of my time.
I promise not to do any more politics after the 23rd June.. back to bugs, birds and restaurants