The Strange case of David Gilbey
The UK and the EU Debate is about Jobs, Immigration and Sovereignty. This article is to set out the conditions that prevailed in the UK prior to the EU as there appears to be a hole in the thinking of many young people in the UK labour force
As individuals, we can only make an opinion based on experience, research or hearsay. Accordingly, many opinions, from those who have no experience of life in the UK and Europe in the 1960’s and 1970’s, can only be based on research and hearsay but, I judge, that most of those opinions are based on hearsay with very little research.
I made a comment with respect to the ongoing Brexit debate, on Twitter, and I received a number of replies to the effect “You do not know what you are talking about”. Carrying out my own inspection of the Twitter accounts that sent me replies, I concluded that the replies came for people who had no experience of the UK before joining the Common Market.
Some of the replies infer that for the UK to leave the EU the UK would become a small insignificant Island of the coast of the great project that is the EU.
This narrative is to give context to the Brexit debate and to help fill the gap in those without experience of life in the UK and Europe before the Common Market and the EU.
My first point, to those who believe that the UK to leave the EU would condemn the UK to that of an isolated island, is that it may be forgotten that at the start of the Second World War Great Britain, that small island offshore continental Europe, was the most influential country in the World bar none. Great Britain secured its position in the World based on two factors. They are : the ability to carry out international trade and to be able to protect that international trade from countries jealous of Great Britain’s position. These two factors were evident at the start of the reign of Elizabeth I and continued for hundreds of years to the start of the reign of Elizabeth II.
The reason that the UK lost its premier position was that the cost of World War I, which Germany initiated, was immediately followed by assistance in the rebuilding of Germany, after which Hitler founded the Nazi party and set about war, again, with its neighbours and, thence, Great Britain. The allies then beat Germany and its allies, Japan and Italy. Subsequently more money was poured into the losing countries, mainly by the USA as the UK was near broke, to rebuild those beaten and destroyed countries. Accordingly “Great Britain” was demoted to the “United Kingdom” paying of its World debt whilst German was given a massive financial lift and romped away in World Trade.
Over in Europe, in the 1960’s six of the smaller countries feared the might of a rising Germany and came to a conclusion that to prevent another war the countries of Europe should form a trading block. The countries in Europe, being governed in a socialist mode, did not wish the UK to be part of the new trading block named the Common Market. An agreement was drawn up to commence a common market but within the agreement was a clause that, if read carefully, showed that the longer term plan to overcome war in Europe was to have a organisation that would include all the EU countries but controlled by one group, the EU Commissioners . This longer term plan was not disclosed to the countries as they each had a referendum to join their Common Market. However, the UK had its application, to enter the Common Market, rejected by President De Gaulle the leader of France who had sheltered in the UK for a large part of World War II.
When the younger generation talk of the UK going back to being a small offshore island they do not understand that, after World War II that the UK was a magnet for visitors from all over the World and, at that time, the transport industry was undergoing the introduction of charter flights and package holidays from the UK to places that had been out of range of the average Brit.
In 1960, I made my first flight in a DC3, from Luton to Amsterdam. In the same period my parents made their first flight from the UK to Canada. During each following year I flew to various countries in Europe. I never encountered a problem in accessing European countries or of leaving European Countries. passing through various borders
In 1966, I drove my parents and girlfriend to Dover, shipped over to Calais and continued the drive through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the then Yugoslavia, Italy and back to Dover all without a visa in any of our passports. I will be one of the few people living that witnessed England defeating Germany at the World Cup. This small island, again, defeating Germany, as the small island has people who prize democracy and will fight to keep their freedom. Notwithstanding that the small island has many friends across the World that can bring a lot of backing.
I never encountered a problem in accessing European countries or of leaving European Counties and I cannot ever remember having a visa stamp needed. As a marine engineer and then an Oil field Project Engineer I found that having a British Passport was having a magic wand when seeking entry to any country outside of the UK. Should the UK stay in the EU and we are all issued with a common passport, the citizens of 28 nations that shall have the common passport and will not be differentiated against. This may be considered a good thing but it may work against the Brit as he heads to places that previously recognised the status of a UK passport but, as a holder of an EU passport those places see some citizens of certain Balkan states a risk and therein lies a problem.
With respect to working in the countries of the EU, as an expatriate, I believe that if you are marketable somebody who needs you will hire you and after that you can apply to live in that country, given time. I have worked in Libya, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and Colombia and visited many other countries without any formalities. Accordingly, with my experiences of life, before the Common Market and the EU, I believe that, outside of the EU the UK will re-forge the close ties, that existed with, before the EU, with all the Common Wealth countries and many other markets outside of the EU. This does not mean that the UK will not continue to trade with the EU countries if the EU still continues to exist. Further, the UK has not moved its position, well may be a few inches, relative to Calais and Europe will still wish to trade with the UK as the UK is a major market.
A David Gilbey, commented on a tweet I had sent to the former UKIP leader and wrote in Twitter: “Expat!! “and “Come live here (in the UK) before you can talk” I responded that he should note that I was born in 1941, lived my early years in a poor part of Liverpool, sailed on Palm Line ships to Africa and the Mediterranean and rubbing shoulders with the poor around the Liverpool dock area. However, that experience did not make me a person who would vote for Corbyn or any socialist leader. The problem with socialism is it is the doctrine of the young before they realise they have to pay debts to keep themselves and their family secure and fed. However, as a socialist they can squeeze those earning money to subsidise their life styles out of the State. overlooking the fact that the State has no money of its own as it all belongs to the people. I do not overlook that a person who means well to his fellow humans should always introduce Social measures to offset poverty as long as those espousing socialism understand that someone has to be out front making the money in the first instance. A major turning point in my view of socialism was when I had a visitor to my cabin on my ship whilst docked in Liverpool. The visitor looked like he had come straight of the wharf. The visitor asked if I was in the Union to which I replied that I had not had time to think about joining the union. The union was the Merchant Navy and Airline Officers. The visitor responded to the news that I was not a union member by threatening that if I did not join the union I would be blacked and this could stop my ship from leaving port. Much later on a voyage between Liverpool and Montreal, members of the Engine Room ( Donkey Men) refused to carry out some very simple duties which were a routine. This led to a full stoppage at the Port of Liverpool for a day but the Donkey Men lost their case and then never sailed again. In the following years I worked at the Ford Motor Company and witnessed strikes over minor issues but brought on by socialists who aim was to cripple the government, notwithstanding the damage done to workers. However, I view myself as just a worker who had had some luck on the way
David Gilbey’s response was that age does not make you wise. Looking at David Gimbey’s Twitter personal photograph he appears to be a throw back to the 1930’s and that is the only information that I have to assess who really is David Gimbey. He went on in a further comment that he must have touched a nerve as I had written a whole article to make my case but he was not aware that I write as a blogger and as a Study and Travel company owner He was wrong again as, by his previous comments he made a case that those under an age of say, 65 years could not have experienced the UK, without the burden of the EU and its socialist agenda, and without doubt, understanding that the EU Commissioners were leading the EU nations to a place of subservience to the Commissioners.
A DICTATOR “IN WAITING” TO GET IN AND STAY IN WITH POWER OVER YOU
A DICTATOR HANGING IN THERE AND THE PEOPLE CANNOT GET HIM OUT
The warning signs of the UK being swallowed into the EU were very evident for a number of years but the younger generation are oblivious to the dangers of signing an agreement which cannot be undone which the EU was manoeuvring the UK into such a position.
Those socialists and liberals who shout loudest that the EU is the best way forward may have a hidden agenda. For example, as the MP of the House of Parliament leave their seats in Parliament, they can move to Brussels on a salary all in with expenses of £150K. Is that not a good reason to vote “Remain”. For example what will Corbyn do now he has been outed as a communist, he can still argue he is a hard socialist and drinking partner to Juncker and find a cushy place in Brussels. Will the adoring generation at Glastonbury remember him and more important will he remember them. I doubt it very much.
So, without much information on David Gilbey, he may be the strange face of socialism in 2017. He may be another Arthur Scargill, in the making, however, he may or may not know of the Coal Miners Union which crippled the UK and eventually crippled himself.