Much of the cut and thrust of politics is predictable – we’re the only ones with Britain’s interests in mind – no, we are. Par for the course.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hit out at advocates of the UK leaving the EU, accusing them of being “deeply unpatriotic” … membership of the EU was “right for Britain”, he argued, and his was a “pro-British position”.
If by “pro-British”, he meant good for Britain in the long term, then that’s an argument for another post. I’d like to stick to the charge “unpatriotic” – can we examine it?
Unpatriotic to whom? Certainly unpatriotic to the position of the government on the EU, certainly unpatriotic to the EU itself, its heads and all it stands for – yes – but unpatriotic to one’s own country?
And does he honestly – not just in his spin – interpret, in that brain of his, selling out the country’s ability to make its own laws as “patriotic”? People, including me, dismiss Clegg too often without taking him to task for his statements – really pinning him down and asking him to explain what he means by “patriotic”.
Because, as the weekend showed, most people do feel patriotic to our country and to our people and do not feel that towards a foreign body consuming it. If you take the combined Tory and UKIP vote and place it against the other two – there’s my basis for saying that.
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Plus student fees, one would have thought.