Yes, I know, me, a political activist, or as the 'Memsahib' might put it with her usual sarcasm, any sort of activist! I was, once, tempted to do rather more in the political field than just harrumphing into the pages of The Telegraph or The Mail and then hurling them across the room in rage. That was back in the days of 'that woman' who, as I began to actually listen to her words through that ghastly acquired middle-class accent began, if not to fire up my passions, at least light a match. Alas, that didn't last long and I sank back into my usual apathy.
However, sometime in the next two years Her Maj's loyal subjects will once again face the most important decision to be taken for the past 70-odd years - do we stay in the EU or withdraw? The last time we were lied to over and over again by people, starting with Ted Heath, who should, if there is any justice, be dug up from their graves, stakes driven through their hearts and their remains hung up on Tower Bridge pour encourager les autres! Needless to say, in my opinion, anyone who back in the day urged us to join the euro currency bloc should suffer a similar fate on the grounds that they are either deceitful liars or criminally stupid - which are you Nick Clegg? ('Calm down, dear, it's only a referendum!')
Right, I'm breathing normally so back to business. My detestation of the entire European (dis)Union is at such a pitch that were I to fail to do more than just whinge from the side-lines I could be accused of hypocrisy. The news today that a second Brexit supporting group has been formed is good news and glancing through a list of its main backers it seems to me that VOTE LEAVE has some very hard hitters, both financially and politically. The other main Brexit group had Nigel Farage at it's head and though I would be delighted to share a pint with him at my local I am not an admirer of his political dexterity. He has ridden on the back of a swelling anti-immigrant/Europe wave but it failed miserably in the election to reach very far up the beach. The only deposit left after the electoral tide fell away was UKIP member Douglass Carswell MP, a man I admire but who has turned his back on Nigel's outfit and thrown in his lot with VOTE LEAVE.
I am thinking seriously about joining VOTE LEAVE - have you noticed the propaganda repetition of the title and always in block italics! - and I may well volunteer to trudge the streets of Milborne Port sticking leaflets through my neigbours' letter-boxes. On the other hand, of course, my enthusiasm may wain and, as so many times before, I will slump into my usual position in front of this keyboard and just moan and groan.
You may wonder what it is about the EU that sparks even this amount of passion from me. I will sum it up in one sentence:
My country has taken a thousand years to gradually attain a system of law that, for all its occasional faults, supports the liberty of the individual against the ravages of an over-weaning government and thus, I do not want, under any circumstances, sundry Bulgarians, Romanians, Greeks, Germans, French, Poles, etc, most of whom lack any history or tradition of democracy, laying down laws on my country.