On 30 January 1649, King Charles the First was beheaded outside Banqueting House in Whitehall. The assembled crowd is reported to have groaned as the axe came down. Although the monarchy was later restored in 1660, the execution of Charles the First destroyed the idea of an all-powerful and unquestionable monarch who was determined never to allow the sovereignty of the country's Parliament to rule supreme.
This great country of ours once cut off the head of a King just to give our Parliament freedom to make its own laws, raise its own taxes and govern its own borders and decide its own matters. Why then, oh why, are we prepared to hand our sovereignty over to five unelected Brussel puppets on a plate, when their very titles of President of this and President of that betrays their very desire to federalise the European Union?:
Martin Schulz; President of the European Parliament since 1st July 2014.
Jean-Claude Junker; the President of the European Commission since 1st November 2014.
Donald Tusk; President of the European Council since 1st December 2014.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem : the President of the European Central Bank since 5th November 2012.
Mario Draghi : the President of the European Parliament since 1st November, 2011.
Our Prime Minister, David Cameron tells us that all of the European Heads of State, the world's bankers, all financial institutions, countless economists, numerous connected establishments and organisations confirm all the unacceptable risks and bad things that will follow if we vote not to remain a member tomorrow. In those famous words of Mandy Rice Davis, 'He would, wouldn't he!'
And the reason why all of these eminent bodies, who have invariably got it wrong more than once over the past decade on a number of major things, want Britain to Remain is to preserve the status quo which is simply shorthand for, 'No change means protect my vested interests, obscene bonuses, fat pensions and Prime Minister honour awards!' All of these bodies predicting doom and gloom if we leave are part of the European Establishment, a corrupt cartel of vested interests and protectionist trade policies, who enable their 'establishment partners' to preserve the status quo, however many times they fail us and have to be bailed out with our money!
Let me tell you, nobody knows how leaving will affect Great Britain economically. In all probability, because of the volatility of the stock market, we would probably take an initial hit from which we would soon recover. However, anyone with a brain in their head can jolly well guess that if we Remain as the European Union is getting more bankrupt daily (practically and morally), has growing unemployment levels for the young person approaching 50% in a number of countries, with Greece fast approaching another bail out and Italy showing signs of one soon to come, along with the greatest exodus of refugees and economic migrants on the move and entering Europe day by day, something will have to give!
And if things go to pattern and we do foolishly vote to Remain, it will be the British Government who will be required to do the most 'giving' to the European money pit. Already, we can see the French attempting to place fear into the hearts of those who will vote to Leave, by freely allowing thousands of economic migrants to camp all along the French coast line, many of them young children, ready to cross the English Channel.
Please note that I am not against the freedom of peoples to migrate; even on economic grounds, providing the country of entry has the wherewithal and the backup services of social, housing, schools and hospitals to accommodate them humanely. To do otherwise is to offer false hope. I do and will always believe that every country in the world should remain open to genuine asylum seekers and can benefit both culturally and economically from migrants in managed and desired numbers.As to the volume of such numbers, that should be for each country to decide at given times. That is controlled migration!
We were told yesterday by Steve Hilton, the PM's former director of strategy, that David Cameron was told 'explicitly and directly' by civil servants four years ago that it was 'impossible' for the government to meet its flagship immigration pledge of reducing net migration to below 100,000 because of 'free movement'. Being told that however, did not prevent that pledge being featured in last year's Tory manifesto. When put to Downing Street, a spokesman for the PM replied, 'We simply do not recognise this story,' which is current political jargon for, 'I'm not saying it's true or it's false; merely that I am refusing to acknowledge it!' Or as a four-year-old child might say while sticking his fingers in his ears at something he doesn't want to hear, 'LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!'
As far as speaking the truth is concerned, I'm no more inclined to believe Davis Cameron of late on any subject he pronounces upon any more than I did, Tony Blair, who led Parliament and the British electorate down the garden path over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. And whilst we are on the subject of gardens, it has been a long held British tradition to have a picket fence around ours instead of being opened planned. This doesn't mean we do not open our garden gate to allow people in, but merely that we decide how often to open it, who we let in and how many we allow in at one go!
I do feel however, that it represents the height of hypocrisy to actively discriminate against immigrants from outside the Eurozone as opposed to those within this European cartel of corrupt practices who actively refuse 'free trade' to poorer countries and instead offset their guilt by the annual offer of foreign aid; the major effect of which is to increase their dependency!
As the result of an accident in my childhood, I was unable to walk for three years. During this time of traditional restriction, I had to find other ways of getting around on my own steam if I wanted to maintain my self respect and dignity. Consequently, I grew up very independent, believing not to do for anybody, something they could do for themselves. When I joined the Probation Service in 1971, I had a colleague at my office of work who walked ungainly and slowly due to a bodily condition which partly disabled her. Whenever my colleague entered the staff room, someone would always go out of their way to make her a cup of tea, a practice she not only encouraged, but came to expect. Through their blind assistance, they were merely aggravating her level of dependency on others while thinking their action as being benevolent.
The above example is no different to taking away national respect and dignity from a country of poor people by blockading the sale of their goods on a free and open market and instead, year after year, increasing their dependency upon foreign aid handouts to assuage western guilt for having deprived them of the means of earning their living in the first place!
Likewise, while I welcome nationalities world wide into our National Health Practice and hospitals, to advertise specifically for them in their own countries instead of promoting more nursing courses for British folk is wrong. What gives us the right to head hunt the skilled labour of third world countries to emigrate to ours to seek work and higher wages when such skills are needed every bit as much, if not more, in their own country of origin? I see this practice as something to be ashamed of, not proud; something no less harmful than plundering other countries of their natural resources simply because we possess the means and temptation of monetary rewards to do so!
I make no apology for wanting to vote Leave tomorrow and I feel that my track record against racism since teenage years is second to none. As the youngest shop steward in Great Britain in 1961/62, I led a strike of almost 400 men and women, because the owner of the textile firm where I worked refused to hire a West Indian who was well qualified to fill the advertised vacancy. This was at a time when Great Britain was openly racist! I deeply resent the implications that many politicians seem quick to make today, that anyone who is genuinely concerned about current immigration policy is a promoter of racist dogma and hate, and is against migration per se. That is not only blatant nonsense, it is also a lie!
There are three things you can bank on to be an absolute certainty in your life; death and taxes being just two. The third is that no country can ever exercise pride and self-respect when their governments have deliberately gone behind the backs of their electorate and relinquished their own Parliamentary supremacy to an unelected foreign body to exercise on our behalf!
Even a rat will desert a sinking ship if it wishes to survive the pending disaster. Even the lowest of rodents knows that it cannot be in a future position to save others if it cannot save itself, and believe me, the concept of the European Union is fast sinking and is on the verge of going under. However noble one's intention towards others, however willing and able one usually is to help others, no person can perform to their own expectation if they find themselves ill, overwhelmed or handicapped. One needs to be in a good state oneself before one can truly help others more needy!
Had we known in advance in 2008, the consequences of the bank failures and what the economic world recession to follow would bring, would we not have taken some sensible precaution to protect our families from its worse effects? Of course we would! Why then do we not act now while there is still time to take charge of events rather than merely follow them. Far better to remain free from the shackles of Europe and be in a better position to truly help our own population as well as the migrant. Far far better to take a financial hit now, if that is the price to be paid, than to become bankrupt further down the line and instead take a battering from which is harder to recover!!
Money is not the be all and end all of a man's life or the measure of a nation's worth, whereas respect, free will, self government, along with the independence to choose how, we as a country live, conduct our lives and help others in the process is!
It is time to start governing ourselves once more! I say reject the pessimistic view and the Project Fear that the Remain campaigners seek to thrust at you in their attempts to talk down Great Britain to exist outside the single market and seize back the pride and self belief that witnessed this country win two world wars against all odds. As to these five unelected European Presidents who are seeking to achieve that which Charles the First or Adolf Hitler couldn't, I say, 'Bring back the Madam Guillotine and off with their heads!'
Vote Leave tomorrow and take back control of your country!" William Forde: June 22nd, 2016.