The following two letters seemingly address different themes, but are in fact about one and the same thing: our Independence. The first letter comes from our contributor, “flyer”:
The above picture was taken by me, on a recent trip to New Zealand, in a small village called Eastbourne, near Wellington. New Zealand is full of such war memorials and I can’t help wondering what it must be like to be taken away from such a beautiful peaceful country, to have to fight in a war on the other side of the world, it must have seemed so distant in those times.
The memorial pictured above is of particular significance to me, because most of the soldiers remembered here fell at the Somme. I can’t help wondering if any of these men fought alongside my grandfather. My grandad was a British soldier that was too young to enlist for the First World War, so he lied about his age. He was too old for the Second World War, so he lied again.
As I sit and look at this memorial, I wonder what it must be like to fight in the trenches at a hellhole like the Somme, for someone who is little more than a schoolboy. It is a very sobering thought when you realise the hell that so many young men from Britain and around the world went through to give us the life that we’ve been so lucky to enjoy.
When I was a child, I grew up in a cottage, on a beach along the Kentish coast. I thought I was so lucky to live in England, it seemed like the best country in the world and I loved it. I realise now that our country didn’t become the place that it was by accident. It took a great deal of sacrifice. Perhaps some of the people now demanding entry to our country would do well to remember that if you want a better life, it demands struggle and sacrifice to build it.
A friend of mine, recently visited the UK for the first time in many years: he couldn’t believe that it looked like a Third World country in places, filthy and overcrowded. He felt ashamed. When I think of the country of which I was once so proud, the sacrifice that so many young men made for us, I feel ashamed that we’ve betrayed the legacy they fought to leave us. When I look at this memorial, I think of my grandfather, the man that survived the hell of two World Wars, and it almost brings a tear to my eye.
The following letter was sent to us by UKIP member Tim Hunter. It first appeared in the Yorkshire Post on the 31st of August 2016:
The latest argument from the ‘Remoaners’ appears to be: let’s have either a Parliamentary vote or a referendum on the terms of Brexit. This is nonsense and unworkable. The point is, the precise terms of Brexit will be a constantly changing picture and subject to constant negotiation. The terms may vary over a number of weeks. The precise terms of our EU exit will be the responsibility of our elected government. New opportunities for trade, and new opportunities for optimising and negotiating our new relationship with the EU, will manifest themselves all the time and need to be pursued. What are we to do – to say to people: do you accept the current terms, the latest version of which would be perhaps in a complex 1,000 word document available online somewhere? What, when we’re just about to agree a new deal with another country? Those terms can’t be put as a binary decision to anyone and not even to MPs, probably. We were told in 2008 that we couldn’t have a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, because we wouldn’t be able to understand the document. Well, just in the same way, it would be nonsensical to have a referendum or even a Parliamentary vote on the terms of Brexit. We’ve had the referendum. The Government has been told what to do by the people. If the Government is to remain credible, it’s now the duty of Ministers to get on and implement Brexit as soon as possible.
Tim Hunter, UKIP member