Travel broadens the mind… July 7, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
At the weekend I was talking to people I know who happened to go on a holiday around the Baltic for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. There were a lot of English on the trip, and they were vocal in their support for Brexit – this being in the run up to the referendum vote. And they were clear that – for them – the primary objective was to stop immigration, indeed those I was talking to made the point that there was an absolute unreality about the conversations they had, as if the day after the referendum immigrants would be marched to the ports and airports and deported. Well, what can one do, such toxic naivety is difficult to push back in the short term.
But they related a story which underlines that naivety, and a certain arrogance. Arriving at Oslo seaport one of the English passengers was particularly vocal when looking at some construction works there in making the point ‘that’s our taxes paying for that [ie UK subsidisation of the EU]’. Cue general approval.
Those I was talking to hadn’t the heart to point out that whatever else about Oslo, which is in Norway, it most certainly isn’t in the EU.