COLUMN: Dozy’s Rambles on EU funding

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WILL our prime minister, Mr Cameron, stand strong in the wake of the demand for an extra £1.7 billion demanded by the EU?

I feel quite entitled to bring this up here, as every penny given by our government to the EU is money that comes from us all, money that could well be spent in the UK.

We need only to look at our own district to see what we could do with a small proportion of the £53million per day already paid by us to be a member of this ‘club’.

I can’t believe that I was worried about paying £45 a year to be a member of the Harbour Club!

From Sompting to Fishersgate, I can see some pretty amazing prospects and achievements that we could reach if an endless pit of money could be thrown at us.

Just how much money could have gone back to the NHS? How wonderful to have a modern Southlands Hospital set in magnificent grounds.

All the flood defences that would be in place right now, no more flooding along the High Street in Shoreham or Brighton Road.

Wow, what a great A27 we would have that could run really well from east to west, straight on through Arundel, as was originally planned until John Prescott decided to halt road building and created a sudden stop, thus creating one of the most congested areas in the south and making the A27 to the M27 an awful road to travel at peak times.

No cuts to essential services such as fire, police and ambulance. The word ‘strike’ would not even enter the vocabulary as our key workers would all get paid exactly what they deserve plus have the very best equipment available to them.

We could afford to have little things like pot holes in the roads immediately repaired.

Libraries would not have to close due to lack of funds.

Day centres that have been forced to close and with the monies not being paid elsewhere, will be able to stay open.

It’s a disgrace that charities such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have to rely purely on public subscription. I would love to know why is this not funded by our government?

Look at the wonderful Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex, which is only partly funded (as with most hospices in our country) by the government, with a shortfall of £7,000 per day having to be found by fundraising events and the generosity of local businesses, local people, etc., in order to give a little pleasure to a child who could pass away at any time.

That is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the £53million per day sent over to the EU.

Oh to live in the perfect world. Well we could almost be there, the UK could be one of the wealthiest countries in the world if we were not giving it all away.

The EU has played right into the hands of fringe parties such as UKIP by making these demands at this time with an imminent by-election looming and, of course, a general election only seven months away.

It’s up to Mr Cameron to make the right decisions for us all. The UK is screaming into a great financial position and because of the government’s careful financial planning and, of course, the UK on the up, the EU has hit us with this excessive bill.

Mr Cameron will have to think very carefully about bringing forward a referendum, so the people of this great nation can decide if they want to go it alone and enjoy the fruits of their labour. Previous prime minister Gordon Brown’s words will always haunt me when he said he could not trust the British people to decide. Then he wonders why he lost the election that year.