YOUR LETTERS: Leave campaigners present desire for peace as an evil

David Turp
David Turp
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I have been very interested and critical of Ukip’s role and conduct in the EU Parliament and in the upcoming referendum.

Perhaps Nigel Farage can explain why, out of nearly 2,600 EU votes since 1999, Britain has voted against only 56 times and abstained 70 times?

It seems to me that, on more than 95 per cent of occasions, the UK’s MEPs have been quite happy with the laws that have come before them (see In Facts, Sunday Times, May 25).

Mr Farage’s main contribution at the EU Parliament seems to have been a rant, firing off insults at Herman 
Van Rompuy, the EU president.

Such comments may have gone down well at those places where ‘little Englanders’ gather socially, but it has not helped the interests of the people who voted for him as an MEP.

Ironically, UKIP and Mr Farage got their chance to represent us because of the much fairer EU proportional representation voting system that we are denied in Britain.

Now UKIP and Brexit tell us that our system of democracy is best – really? How does an unelected head of state and an unelected second chamber of law makers improve the UK democratic ideal?

As for the rest of this campaign, it seems to me that the same lies and double standards are being peddled by all parties and it’s up to the rest of us to make what we can of it.

I’m clear on one thing; the most significant event in my life time was the tearing down of the Berlin wall.

Before that, great armies were massed on the borders of East Germany, Poland and Hungary, awaiting orders from their Soviet masters in the Kremlin to invade and destroy Western Europe.

The people of these countries sacrificed everything to tear down the barriers of oppression to gain peace and prosperity within the EU. They are now our friends and partners.

It seems that the Leave campaigners like to present the universal desire for peace, security and prosperity as an evil by constantly referring to the threat of immigration.

Please allow me, as an ordinary voter, to say to Mr Farage that I’d rather live in a free country where people are fighting to get in, not get out.