I have been an opponent of the UK taking part in the European project since it was first proposed but, contrary to the assumptions of Europhiles, I have always loved Europe and have been to at least one continental country annually for the last fifty years. This year has been exceptional in that my wife and I have been to Portugal, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and France, the two latter twice, as well as spending a little time in Turkey. What we experienced has convinced me even more of the rightness of the British decision to leave the EU.
In Greece we visited Olympia and on the journey to the site we saw vast mounds of household rubbish by the sides of the roads. The courier informed us that the reason for this was that the EU had insisted that all such detritus be incinerated but the financial crisis had prevented the necessary incinerator being built so that the only recourse was for people to dump it in the country. Later I asked a different guide how things were in Greece now and she replied that they were terrible. When I suggested that the only course was to follow Britain out of the EU she said "we would but our politicians won't let us".
In Turkey we chatted with several people who were proud of the fact that theirs was a secular state and who felt that they would be suitable for inclusion in the EU. We failed to convince them that this would be a mad idea but unfortunately for them, within 48 hours of our leaving, the failed coup gave their president the chance to overthrow the ideals of Kemal Ataturk and set their country on the road to being yet another dictatorship. I doubt this will deter the lunatics of Brussels from seeking to extend their empire eastwards.
When traveling from the Riviera to Milan we changed trains in Ventimiglia, a small Italian town which their tourist office describes as beautiful. It may have been once but, as we had about two hours to wait, we thought that we would stroll around for a while. However, as soon as we exited from the station, we found that the streets were lined with young Middle Eastern males and that there was definitely an air of menace, so we went straight back inside. Subsequently we discovered that Ventimiglia is now known as 'Little Calais', where migrants wait to take their chance of getting across the border into France.
In Switzerland we encountered more burkas in Interlaken than we had seen in Kusadasi but our Swiss friends assured us that they were just tourists and that they would not be granted residence, something the country, as it is not in the EU, can insist upon.
In Spain we found that restaurants we had frequented in the past were now derelict, as the effects of the Euro on the Spanish economy had driven them out of business while a similar effect could be seen in Portugal.
However it was France that was in the worst mess. The lady who ran the hotel in Antibes told us that there had been over sixty per cent cancellations in the Riviera since the Nice massacre, while overall France has lost a million tourists this year. We also spoke to a chap who said that even cyclists had been attacked for not showing respect because of the shorts they wore! One young Frenchman we met in Basel station, while waiting for a train, said he quite understood why we had voted to leave the EU as, although he had worked in Bern for fifteen years, he attended meetings in Paris and he now refused to stay any longer than was absolutely necessary, for security reasons. When we stopped off in Paris on the way home there was massive security and the atmosphere was grim, with people clearly apprehensive. It is no longer the City of Light. After our return home there have been newspaper reports of a British motorist in Calais being threatened with a charge of involuntary manslaughter, due to accidentally killing a migrant, who ran in front of his car in an effort to stop him, so that he and his associates might try and get to the UK. It is an utter disgrace that an innocent man, who stopped immediately, until he was driven away by attacks from other migrants, and then reported the incident to the authorities straightaway, should be left with such a charge hanging over him for an indefinite period. The situation in Calais is approaching anarchy and motorists from the UK would be well advised to avoid it, and France, altogether.
The truth is that the Southern European states are being driven to the wall by the Euro, the Eastern nations are rebelling against the attempt by Merkel to impose migrants upon them, Germany is in a state of revolt against the mad policy of open borders, with the AFD growing in strength, and France may turn in desperation to Marine Le Pen next year. What was a pleasant place to visit back in the sixties is becoming a nightmare and it is all down to the idiots who run the European Union, and to that organisation's insane federal project. We are so much better off out.
A very interesting fact has been pointed out about our set of idiot Remainiacs. David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg, Michael Heseltine, Tony Blair, Ed Milliband, Ed Balls, Peter Mandelson, Tam Dalyell, Peter Stothard and Jack Stewart-Clark, Europhiles to a man, all went to Oxford. It appears that while in the thirties Cambridge produced communist traitors Oxford has recently turned out a never ending stream of those who prefer rule from Brussels to Westminster. What more proof do we need as to the arrogance of the liberal elite?