'Join Europe, we can't afford not to', everyone said. Euro money would flow into the regions followed by investment and jobs. Giant billboards said 'Jobs for the boys' if we voted Yes. So we did and the investment and jobs poured in. NOT! They left! Entire industries vanished - we got a jobs massacre!
Why do I say this was down to the EU? The first few words of its founding charter tell you everything - 'The free movement of capital, labour, goods and services'. Its what UK big money had been after all along.
Scouring the globe for the cheapest labour, building mega banks, playing the market, setting up tax havens, paying themselves mega bucks, never giving a tinkers for anything or anyone else.
The 2008 crash and recession were a warning of how this could end. We have to get back to something like Harold Wilson's National Plan - only this time bringing ibig money (most of it our pensions and savings) under control. Investment has to go into UK industry, transport, housing and health before its too late.
The Left Alternative to the EU
A progressive alliance to defeat austerity, racism and defend democracy
For EU withdrawl linked to inventionist policies
For public ownership of key utilities
For an industrial strategy
For a redistribution of wealth and income
For a referendum - using it to win the British people for this alternative
VOTE NO2EU - YES TO WORKERS RIGHTS**