Okay I think I may have more to say in support of Leave EU here for something on my part. I have already written about the birth of the EU, migration, single currency, science and technology and farming. However as I have come through reading about these issues I feel that some of those issues have more to offer in constructive way rather than a propagandist way. I think the Leave campaign should think about planning for departure from the political union by thinking about the opportunities rather than just simply pointing out the problems we have with our membership of the EU. We need the position to bargain with to get out onto the open seas. There is no point leaving for a holiday destination if you don’t know what to pack for it or explore an uncharted sea without loading the ship properly. I will write some of my suggestions later but for now there is something else that I must continue.
A while ago I talked about my passion for science and invention and how the EU shackles us from getting ahead in discovery and progress. But there is more to this that looks like a Soviet inspired state control system. Now over a hundred years ago Britain was a leading industrial capitalist nation, we led the world in wonderful innovation and for a while we were the biggest economy in the world ahead of the United States. During the First World War the government took control of most of the country’s industries so that they could protect their interests and ensure a supply of arms and ammunition to the armed forces. However during that time it was also a power exercise to see just how protective and wealthy those who ran it could benefit it from these aquisitions. The governments of Europe had also tried this themselves during the war and they did so again during the Second World War. What led to this was a show of strength and advantage for one type of industry over the other. Logically the government would give priority to the arms makers so that they could produce weapons to fight. When the war ended the British government decided to continue nationalisation of the country’s industries for the purposes of rebuilding the shattered war ravaged nation. This was called the post-war consensus.
In Germany they had something similar which involved a liberal economic theory combined with a strong investment in technology and infrastructure to rebuild the ashes of the devastation caused by the Nazis. Now when Britain’s nationalisation programme began it was going to bring untold wealth and prosperity. It did do so for a while and if you take a look at the 1950s – 60s you’ll see an explosion of innovation and scientific wonders, which was reflected in the popular fantasy TV shows and films of the era. We made the hovercraft, high speed trains, Land Rover, Ford Transit, Mini Cooper, the hole in the wall Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), we even made some progress in the development of space technology with the USA and the world’s first supersonic airliner Concorde. We also showed great new ways to promote equality, diversity, labour and social laws. You don’t need a political union like the EU to protect your rights, they do things in a manner that is undermining progress and prosperity. You can make your own laws in your own parliament, unless of course you are scared to take on responsibility like those pro-EU and Remain camps are thinking.
Well throughout that prosperity and optimism on the continent things were going well and pretty soon the whole of Europe was back on it’s feet again. As some politicians saw the progress in Europe make it better they decided that Britain should join the Common Market. However what they should have paid attention to was what was going on in their own country that should serve as a warning for the future European Union.
When the country was taken into nationalisation it created a current of protectionism for failing businesses and forbade new innovation. A private enterprise that makes cars like Ford has to rely on it’s engineers and scientists to create new machines and parts of cars to upkeep it’s revenue and boost production. A state run car company like British Leyland acts like a workhouse and welfare centre, it produces cars that the workers are employed to do on a relatively little demand for skill and aspiration. They don’t have to try to be efficient and cost effective because if they don’t make any money then the government pays for it. Examples of this are also seen in West Germany and France at the time and they worked hard to turn over a profit with these state sponsored subsidies to act in the best interests of the country. However Britain with it’s obsessive liberties and civil rights and state regulations just wanted for nothing. When the Iron Lady came along and dismantled the post war consensus the scientists and the engineers could breath again. The alarm call that awoken the sleepy brains of the 1970s sprung into action as the economy reached global proportions. However when the EU came into being in 1992 that progress was stifled once more.
Today’s ordinary people have got their home appliances in little variety due to EU legislation on the features of these products. There are dozens of laws on what hairdryer you can use, what kettle you can boil water with and how much power your vacuum cleaner has. In 2014 the EU laid down the law on the power of vacuum cleaners in it member states as part of a crackdown on carbon emissions. According to the current legislation a vacuum can have a motor with no more than 1600 watts of power, anything above that is not allowed to be sold in the EU. In 2017 that limit will be lowered to 900 watts. Vacuum cleaner innovator Sir James Dyson recognises that the constraints are causing ‘economic suicide’ for Britain and causing a shortfall of engineers. 90% of researchers in design and technology come from outside the EU and they have better control over their quality and effciency without political unions. Sir James tried to implement his own ideas in the EU decision making process but they rejected his in favour of Germany’s vacuum cleaner makers, which are not as sustainable and as his suggestions. Most German vacuum cleaners still use bags that collect dust compared to Dyson’s high tech bagless designs that have a lot less power consumption. There is also a rule that gives his rivals an unfair advantage over him with the EU’s rule on energy labelling on vacuum cleaners.
This bureaucratic nonsense is also causing a headache in the fashion industry for people working with hairdryers. A hairdresser in Cardiff called Mark Coray who is a former president of the National Hairdresser’ Federation says that 2100 watt hairdryers are the most favourable because they blow very fast and get hot quite quickly. A hairdresser’s clientele demand short quick hair jobs and that requires a powerful hairdryer. The EU has a demand for smaller wattages of around 1400 watts and that will be bad for the beauty business. The low wattage hairdryers take two or three times as long to work a blow dry. No one wants to stay around that long for a hairdresser to do their hair. Think of the delays and effect it will have on their client’s beauty demands!
It gets even worse there are restrictions on over 30 electrical applicances including lawnmowers, kettles, toasters, light bulbs, heated greenhouses, power tools, aquarium lights, filters, gym equipment, etc. Light bulbs are probably the worst affected. When the EU banned certain types of light bulb a few years ago there was panic buying for the left over stock. No longer could you buy an incandescent light bulb in the 25 watt to 100 watt range. There is also a planned ban on those small halogen bulbs in favour of low power LED lights.
Outside the EU in North America and Southeast Asia things are a lot more relaxed. In the USA you can still buy these lightbulbs and there is relatively little regulation on non-road machinery. I think that by leaving the EU I can access to hot household gadgets that the EU won’t allow into the country. Among these things are better medicine as well as technology. The EU’s clinical trails regulations leads to a shortage of types of drugs being allowed into Britain. Among them are some very effective life saving medical treatments. One UKIP MEP Dr Julia Reid used to work as a research pharmacologist and she knows better than the Commission itself knows about medicine. Did you know that under the EU clinical trails regulations modern drugs like penicillin and aspirin wouldn’t be allowed to be made. There is so much health and safety issues they have to go through before they can be approved. There is a lot of nonsensicle laws out there which restrict and slow the types of drugs you can get for treatments like cancer. The UK’s medicine and drugs authorities say that the EU gives guidelines to drugs companies telling them that those drugs which work for adult cancer treatments should not be able to work in children. They give an exemption to the companies so that when they successfully treat adults successfully they must not test them on children and that leads to them dying needlessly on cancer wards. Pioneering doctors like Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister would not be able to practice their profession today. Pasteur used a nine year old boy to test for the proof of a rabies vaccine to cure him and it worked, but today as then he would have been imprisoned without a formal hearing. Lister was a research doctor who discovered that antiseptics were useful in the treatment of preventing patients from dying on surgical wards. In today’s Europe he would have had to put up with constant interference from EU bureaucrats having to rubber stamp all his discoveries years before they could be spread to the world. In fact they wouldn’t even be allowed to be shared with the world.
Such stiffling attitudes to these brilliant minds is driving scientists to work outside the EU where places like America, China, Canada, Malaysia, India, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand have greater freedoms of creativity for it’s scientists. Although these countries have stricter immigration rules they happily let in the better brains for the greater good. The USA is leading the way in how stem cell research can be used to treat traumatic injuries, down under in Australia our Commonwealth friends are making great strides in agricultural science delivering a sustainable food supply in remote areas, Canada is currently headhunting ocean scientists to create an efficient fishery system. And that is something that the EU is killing and restraining in Britain.
All these suggestions are proof that bright minds think better when they are not shackled by a body of tyranny like the European Union. I am a bright eccentric as the Grand Geek of Essex, smart as a carrot I may say so and I intend to spread the opportunities of this nation for many years to come. I am starting a business of my own with a brand new invention for a market that lies beyond Europe and to make it a success Britain has to break free from the shackles of Brussels and those revolting dictats who won’t let me be my own man. I am not a servant of the Fourth Reich, I am a subject of our sovereign nation that is Great Britain and this magnificent spectred isle shall lead the world once more as a nation destined to go out and create a better world. This Essex Geek wants to go forth and set out a course of companionship and economic development for Great Britain.