The Memoirs and Opinions of a Nonagenarian
Nobody should have any illusions about the scale of the deceit that was practiced upon an unsuspecting British public during the 2016 referendum campaign, nor should anyone underestimate the extent of the damage that Brexit has caused, and will continue to cause for as long as it exists, to our country and its people. However, the beliefs and attitudes that brought about this calamity run much deeper, and stem primarily from the inability of many of our national leaders and much of our national media to recognise and adapt to the UK’s changing position during the post-World War Two era. These are the people and organisations that are mainly responsible for informing public opinion. Regrettably however, with certain honourable exceptions, they have frequently failed to provide sensible advice to the general public. In turn, these omissions and follies led eventually to the catastrophe that is Brexit.
Returning to a stable economic situation and to the great enterprise that is the European Union, and then building upon it, will not be easy, but it is a journey that must be attempted. Ideas for making the necessary transitions have been put forward here, and the author fervently hopes that as many people as possible will be ready to take them further.
The author first draws attention to the rarely acknowledged but serious error that the United Kingdom made in 1956, when it failed to opt for founder-membership of the European Economic Community. He then, in order to let the public have some information about him, provides personal details regarding himself, the area of east London where he was born and grew up, and his immediate family. From this point, the emphasis is entirely upon Brexit, about which he has many forthright and trenchant views, e.g. the way in which the 2016 referendum could and should have been avoided, the latter’s coverage on TV and radio, which left much to be desired, and the Brexiteer fantasies which are largely responsible for the economic damage that has ensued.
All of the main events concerning Brexit are covered, and a way out of the morass is advocated in the final chapter.