Rude Britannia

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I GREW up in a Britain of manners, grace and reasoned debate, and this was recognised around the world. How times change?

Now Prime Minister David Cameron wants to renegotiate a special deal for the UK in relation to the world’s most successful trading bloc, and if the 27 other European Union members don’t agree, he threatens to leave.

We apparently want a special deal for ourselves in relation to a human rights accord that everyone else in Europe has signed up to, apart from Belarus. And if we don’t get that, well we’ll leave that too.

This petulance stems from the same well of prejudice that cheered on Ukip leader Nigel Farage when he abused Herman Van Rompuy, telling him that he had “all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk”.

The sheer hatred of all things European is worrying, and yet is pandered to by our politicians, looking for a quick and easy scapegoat for all our ills.

And as a result of this hatred, a boorish unpleasantness has crept into our national discourse. We are the worse for it.

Derek Hammersley

Chairman European
Movement in Scotland