Old and young in favour of Britain quitting Europe
ERIC Goodyer makes much of the claim that UKIP supporters are said to be old.
Whether that is true or not, it is inescapable that older people have more experience than younger ones.
Of course, there are many supporters of other parties – and of all ages – who also wish that Britain should again be a self-governing democracy rather than an EU province.
Mr Goodyer also makes a great play that, because of the EU, it is easier to travel to Athens than it once was.
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It is also easier to travel in the opposite direction and to claim social security here under the EU's principle of "freedom of movement".
As long as our social security payments are higher and more easily obtained than those in South Eastern Europe, we can expect another huge influx – as long as we stay in the EEC.
On the previous enlargement of the EU, our Government calculated that some 15,000 people would come. Nearer a million turned up.
That is how hopeless our Government is at forecasting the consequences of EU policies.
Young people, too, are waking up to the reality of EU subjection.
I recently debated our EU membership with Dr Graham Jones, a senior member of the European Movement, in front of students at Repton School.
Dr Jones told these sixth formers that, as future leaders, they would have better career opportunities in the EU. He did not convince them.
When the vote was taken, it was so overwhelmingly for leaving the EU that no count was taken. I estimated the majority for independence at more than 80%.
So I do question Mr Goodyer's assertion that the wish for independence is confined to older men. In any case, isn't he being ageist and sexist? Isn't there an EU regulation against that?