On the streets of Walthamstow in East London, it’s clear that opposition to the EU is not the preserve of bigoted ‘little Englanders’, far from it. Eloquent, well informed citizens are seriously concerned at the economic mess and EU’s undemocratic set up and want to have their say. Individuals backing the EU are hard to find and are against a referendum as they see their fellow citizens as ignorant and too ill educated to ‘understand the issues’.
Presenter Saleha Ali commented:
“While politicians and bureaucrats unite behind ever tighter fiscal control of EU country budgets, we found the majority of citizens were angry at the imposition of EU austerity packages. They questioned the EU’s existence and were clearly disgusted by its un-democratic nature. This did not mean they were racist, parochial or ignorant, quite the opposite in fact. As this report reveals, being anti-EU clearly does not make you anti-European. The government would do well to listen to these compelling views, to stop treating the public with contempt and give people a chance to have their say.”
One interviewee tells us:
“The problem lies with the politicians and their advisors who think citizens don’t have enough information or are too dumb to understand decisions about the European economy. If anyone knows what needs to be done, it is the people who are working, running businesses and are the employees. They are in the best position to know what is needed.”
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