Saturday, 10 December 2011

5 Reasons to be cheerful

If this is the beginning of the end for the UK's membership of the EU, here are 5 reasons to be cheerful and damn the miserable Aunt Sallys on the Guardian who foresee nothing but doom and gloom:-

  1. We get to keep our own seat on the UN Security Council while France has to give hers up to Mr Von Rumpy
  2. Our 200 mile EEZ gives us exclusive rights to the most productive fishing grounds in Europe 
  3. English has 375 million native speakers throughout the world and a further 1.4 billion for whom it's a second language; German has only 90m native speakers and another 90 million for whom it's a second language
  4.  The UK has had 120 Nobel Laureates; Germany, despite her far larger population, has only has 102 and France a beggarly 58
  5. It's been 945 years since we were invaded compared with 70 for anywhere else in Europe
Any others you can think of?

12 comments:

JohnofEnfield said...

There IS a God!

Curmudgeon said...

I thought we were successfully - indeed Gloriously - invaded in 1688.

BJ said...

Our Common Law - said to have been grossly abused over the years but I still believe its spirit runs through the generations like a silver thread.

"They" hate it.

Anonymous said...

BJ is correct - our Common Law. Far superior to their Roman Law.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the map, the spanner in the works could be Scotland.

The UK leaving the EU might bring the question of Scottish independence into the equation. Parliament has considered the legal status of Scotland and its relationship with the EU if Scotland were to become independent:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Km19j4eiGY4J:www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06110.pdf+scottish+independence+eu+membership&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgQ6hQ2fqUFgItKRMLQsjdx9fwjlwGDiDpQbkNkF2tP3CeJoqMClaA-zTzzgDpZ8mESv1nNm4_v5_Chj-u43NrzcCOtW_oLr33xMPNbzT9dR7kNmjOmXHUOFrA64s7S27GGbEar&sig=AHIEtbTw6GQY1oPRg3vjtiZ2W3YMElUpxw

However there would be complications if the UK left the EU whilst Scotland simultaneously became independent of the UK but wished to remain part of the EU or join as a new member state.

Ian Innes said...

We're not French!

Anonymous said...

When the fourth reich eventuates the UK will be isolated as before.
And this time the USA might make commmon cause with asia.
What then.
It will all be fought by economists this time not tanks.

Greg Tingey said...

I think it more likely that we will head toward a federated kingdoms of the Isles, with Scotland still "in" (but looser) and Ireland rejoing - to get out of the Euro.
You can definitely bring that one on!

Gallovidian said...

Bloody Hell Greg, I agree with you, for the first time ever.

But here is the subtext which no-one is mentioning: Northern Tier countries like Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, even Germany, may well follow us out.

That would be one in the eye for the New World Order.

Bring it on.

Henry Crun said...

@Anon 00.06. But think of the employment opportunities in the construction industry when we rebuild Hadrian's Wall.

DP111 said...

Quote:

1. We get to keep our own seat on the UN Security Council while France has to give hers up to Mr Von Rumpy

2.Our 200 mile EEZ gives us exclusive rights to the most productive fishing grounds in Europe

Two reasons why we will not be allowed to leave the EU, or we will be offered terms we can't refuse.

kevin said...

We have a commonwealth with whom we can trade and provide a mutual defense pact and who, for the most part are doing well.

EU = 15% of world trade and falling! And how exactly are they going to trade with us - they haven't got any money.