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Letter: Broken Britain Has Plenty of Problems But Does the EU Have the Solutions?

Published on: 30 Apr, 2024
Updated on: 30 Apr, 2024

From: Ben Paton

In response to: Why Is Britain Failing Compared to the EU?

Yes, Broken Britain has plenty of problems: a creeping fungus of institutional dishonesty exemplified by the management of Post Office Ltd and spiralling shoplifting; 130,000 children in the care of Local Authorities, that’s twice the population of Guildford pushed from pillar to post; family courts that operate in secret; and a government culture of spin and “legality” rather than evidence and truth – typified by Guildford’s crooked 2019 Local Plan.

Britain’s problems are not unique. Nor is it unusual to imagine that the grass is greener on the other side.

Why is Portugal so empty? Because so many Portuguese have emigrated to places like France and England to get jobs? The Iberian economic diaspora is huge.

What is the rate of unemployment in Spain? Overall it’s 12 per cent (compared to four per cent in the UK), and 28 per cent among the young Spanish.

And climate change? How much of Spain is already desert? You can buy a stone house in depopulated rural villages and towns for next to nothing – just like in southern Italy.

Whatever the solutions are it’s not clear that the EU has them all. It is run by Germany for Germany. Its “Ost Politik” is a major contributory factor to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Will the EU manage to hang together in 20 years’ time?

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Responses to Letter: Broken Britain Has Plenty of Problems But Does the EU Have the Solutions?

  1. Olly Azad Reply

    April 30, 2024 at 4:14 pm

    In addition to the current problems that Ben Paton has revealed, it might be an idea for Dragon readers to listen to Martin Giles interviewing Jeremy Hunt MP for the area saying how Thames Water has behaved “Shockingly badly and frankly disgusting” as an organisation, not to mention being £15 billion in debt and then thinking about increasing our water bills by 44 per cent. Absolutely appalling.

    I am not in any way advocating that we rejoin the EU as that would be a complete disaster but this is another example of how badly these so-called “big wigs” are running our country into the ground.

    Will Mr Hunt personally oversee that customers in the Guildford and Godalming areas are not being disproportionately charged more than the rest of the country.

    But after hearing from the chairman of Ash Parish Council that Mr Hunt had not engaged with them or attended any of the meetings, I do seriously wonder about the other important pledge he made in that interview claiming to be the protector on consumer bills.

  2. David Roberts Reply

    April 30, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    Simply to note that my letter did not, in fact, mention the EU (let alone Brexit). The title was the editor’s.

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