I was delighted to read recently that comedian Eddie Izzard is to tour UK cities to urge young people to register to vote in the EU referendum.
This is most important if we are to counter the ‘grey vote’ who seem to favour severing our ties with the European Union.
Right now, we all have the freedom to travel, live, work and study in 28 countries – a freedom which will surely be threatened if we vote to leave.
Some of the most vocal leave campaigners, in my opinion, are sad little Englanders who claim that such freedoms are unimportant and that losing them is worth it for the independence it will bring. Such people are lying.
I’m an old man now, but before my birthday in 1946, Europe had been devastated by two world wars which have not been repeated thanks to Nato and the EU.
In that respect, perhaps I can be forgiven for repeating the words of Rudyard Kipling: If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.
I urge young voters. You’ve got a longer future ahead and hopefully a better one in the EU.