You could have knocked me over with a feather as I picked…

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One Response to Nigel’s only making plans for Nigel
  1. It is easy to mock Nigel Lawson, but to do so because he has altered his views from those that he held 20 years ago is a lightweight and cynical response to a serious comment. That he has changed his position does not, ipso facto, make him a fool, then or now. I don’t know if he is right or wrong about the EU. The debate has a long way to go. I do, however, have a feeling that it is unlikely that the EU will ever want to stop trading with the UK (or will it be England and Wales by then?).

    That, I suppose, is the heart of the matter. The past 20 years has seen the disintegration of political federations and the emergence of smaller independent countries whilst the EU is paddling vigorously in the opposite direction.

    Your suggestion that UKIP is not a serious political party when compared with the SDLP is also somewhat off-beam. Like it or not, we live in a democracy of sorts and the measure of seriousness of a political party is not what the chatterati think of its leadership and policies, but the number of votes that it attracts. The Tories and Labour must trim their sails to the prevailing wind. If they do not they will lose votes to those that offer what the voters want, whether or not the voters ought to want it.

    Charismatic leaders who appear to offer easy solutions to intractable problems at times of economic hardship should be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately. Any other reaction is exceptionally dangerous and inexcusably stupid.

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