If ever a reason was sought to encourage people to vote to leave the European Union on June 23 it was provided by Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool, on his recent radio interview on BBC Radio Tees.
Listening to the answers to questions put to Mr Wright, it became very obvious that he was reading from a Labour Party policy as directed by “comrade” Jeremy Corbyn.
As a left wing back bencher in the Labour Party, he stated he wanted nothing to do with the EU.
He wanted to see Britain out of the EU.
Once he became the party leader, he carried out a u-turn, and now supports those who want the UK to remain in the EU.
Listening to Mr Wright’s comments, and the Labour Party’s reason for staying in the EU, simply highlighted both his and his party’s belief that the United Kingdom is incapable of controlling its own borders, making its own policy on immigration, managing its own economy, making and implementing its own laws, managing its own agricultural and fishing policy, and defending our countries borders.
Mr Wright was adamant in his statements to questions put to him that the United Kingdom would be far better off being dictated to by an undemocratic and, what I consider to be, incompetent EU.
After listening to Mr Wright’s reasons for staying in the EU, I was appalled and disgusted to hear his beliefs that this great country I live in, and in whose army I served, was being compared by him with a small immaterial nonentity incapable of looking after its own interests.
I refer Mr Wright to the hymn written by Cecil Spring Rice, which he originally wrote in 1908 then re-wrote in 1918.
This hymn refers to the United Kingdom, and particularly to the sacrifice of those who died during the First World War.
The first two lines of the hymn are:
“I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
“Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love.”