LETTER: Disturbing echoes of 1930s

I feel a chill of fear when I hear and see the rhetoric of the anti-EU politicians and their wealthy donors. For those of us old enough to remember the 1930s, it bears a worrying resemblance to the isolationists who thought what went on in Europe didn’t affect us.

Of course it does, in every aspect of our lives, from reciprocal health and policing to trade and ease of travel for business and pleasure. Who wants the hassle of changing currencies every time we cross a border, not just the holiday trade, but more important travel?

For the likes of Farage and certain MPs to say “we want our country back” is ludicrous and the Scots waving their banners about in the background don’t help. We can’t go running to the United States when Putin ‘annexes’ another Eastern European country and launches cruise missiles in Syria, as he adds another layer in his empire-building. This is his last throw of the dice, I believe, and his recklessness knows no bounds.

We should not be governed by the likes of Stuart Wheeler and other rich donors as our individual votes will count for nothing. My father fought for this country, as did my late first husband, so I need no lesson in patriotism. But I feel we need, as never before, to stand together in the EU, for if we leave, who else, and where would it end? Neo-Nazis in Greece and elsewhere – is history destined forever to repeat itself?

Mrs V. Baird

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