THE cheek of it — the bare-faced cheek. Do they think that we have forgotten?
Look at the people now trying to scare the pants off us all about leaving the EU.
They are exactly the same people who said we should scrap the Pound and join the euro.
Peter Mandelson has been all over the media, wagging his finger and warning about Brexit like some deranged Old Testament prophet. It will be an economic disaster, he says.
We will lose trade, lose jobs, lose influence in Brussels. Well, he would have more credibility, frankly, if he had not said exactly the same thing 13 years ago.
“Staying out of the euro would prove a disaster”, he said then.
“The price we would pay in lost trade and investment and jobs would be incalculable.”
Thus spake Mystic Mandy — and it is hard to think of a politician who has got it so spectacularly wrong. It would be comical, if it were not so sad.
It was the euro that was the disaster — an economic doomsday machine that in some EU countries has consigned a whole generation of young people to unemployment.
It was Britain’s decision to stay out, to keep our currency, that allowed us to control our own economy and to mount a sustained recovery from the crash of 2008.
The scaremongers were wrong then — and they are wrong now. Because staying in the EU is not just a question of sticking with the devil you know.
This bureaucratic devil is now growing more fiendish with every piece of new EU law — an excruciating ratchet that is stifling our democracy.
Now they want to try to save the euro by trying to turn the Eurozone into one system of economic government — with taxes and budgets controlled from Brussels.
Britain should have no part of it, but if we stay in the EU, we will inevitably find ourselves dragged in. It is time to break free.
It is time to take back control of our money — the £8.5billion a year we send to Brussels and never see again, enough to build a new UK hospital every week. It’s time to take back control of our borders and end uncontrolled immigration.
And it is time the British people were given back the power to kick out the people who make the decisions.
Forget Project Fear, it is time for Project Hope. Of course the EU will do a great free trade deal with us. It is blatantly in their interests — we are a huge export market, the fifth biggest economy in the world and growing the whole time.
Outside the EU we will at last be able to do free trade deals with the US, with China, and the growth economies around the world.
Let’s believe in ourselves again, rather than clutching the skirts of Brussels. Let us lift our eyes to the horizon and take a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ignore the scaremongers, we are bigger, better and greater than they pretend.