After a few glorious days up on Europe's roof I was negotiating the adrenaline-pumping hairpins of the Wurzenpass with a new Slovenian chum. The news broke last week that Heineken had bought Slovenian brewer Pivovarna Lasko and I asked whether he feared a loss of local beers in favour of the Dutch factory stuff. "It's not about the beer. Heineken wanted the water - Lasko have access to brewing water sources that Heineken can use without treatment in all its other plants" came the surprising response. Europe faces a coming water shortage; the Alps, source of much of Europe's farming and drinking water, have had successive poor snowfall. Groundwater is being depleted. Heineken are ahead of the game.
However, this has promoted such anti-global corporate feeling in Slovenia that a new law is making its way through the legislative process that effectively outlaws private ownership of water. It is a region where most water supplies are managed by local councils of areas of 2,000 people and involve little more than a tank half way up the nearest mountain to collect the year-round snow melt and moss-water and a network of pipes to distribute it. I laughed as I explained that London's water is owned by an Australian-Abu Dhabi and Chinese consortium. And that London water is also very pure, having been filtered through the kidneys of seven Londoners before distribution. And that after a few days your eyes stop watering and you get used to the Chlorine.
Again, this is just the latest in a series of comments that echo each other that I have heard first hand across Europe in recent years. Yes to free trade, yes to free movement, no to borders and tariffs, but a deep distrust of Commission and political corruption and particularly a deep distrust of the way in which the EU has sought advantage and power for the global corporates across Europe.
And It's as simple as that. LibLabCon are all in the pockets of the global corporates, are all Euro-Federasts and UKIP isn't. Plus here in this London constituency the Labour candidate will get in anyway - there's not even a contest. So a UKIP vote makes perfect sense.