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Graham is a very experienced letterpress printer and he prints beer mats using a modern digital process and vintage letterpress machinery.
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Now that I am retired, I can express myself on my own web site without fear of those with whom I disagree.

Along with a small majority, I voted leave. Of course, that does not mean:-
Customs Union with the EU
Any other non-leaving plan.

On the other hand, I am very aware that a very large number of people voted to remain. Frankly, I do empathise with those who are on the loose side. I was on the loose side in the early 70s and know very well how it feels. What I would like to say to them is that when the country voted to remain back in the early 70's, we really, non of us, had any idea what we were voting about. After all, we had only just joined and we had no experience of being in. We were still suffering the post-war thing and wanted to avoid future European war. Work conditions for millions were awful, the unions were, in their fight to improve conditions, seeming to be destroying industry and as a nation we were dependent on industry, We had the 2nd strongest industrial base in the world, producing the highest quality product. Only Germany surpassed us and the electorate felt that their supremacy had been enabled by huge input to rebuild their country post war by investment by the allies. They were able too be more efficient. That re-building never did happen here.

The UK has been a part of the EU now for a very long time. Only people over the age of 60 could possible compare in-out from experience. I rather suspect that is the reason why the second referendum was such a close call. That is the counterpart to the opinion of remainers that if we have a third referendum, we would vote to stay in, because so many younger people have grown to earn a vote and more older people, with the experience of being free have died out. That could well be true, but possibly not such a good thing as more experience has been lost in the interim. I have heard so much emotive argument over the past couple of years. I would like to put my side without emotion or violence. I don't need people to answer me or argue with me. I am just expressing my opinion, not entering into an argument.

We have operated under World Trade Organisation before. It went very well indeed. What's more, a lot of the trade we do currently is under WTO.

We have worked to high standards before - The Kite Mark - that is still respected world-wide. It pre-dates the CE mark and is well-respected.

Our aircraft have always been maintained to world standards. Those standards are not going to change the instant we leave the EU, and they know that. Non-EU countries don't have a problem. Why should we?

When was the last time you went onto the continent without a passport. No change there then!

Import duty on food? Only the UK government could do that. You elect them, make sure they don't! I cannot imagine they would have the slightest incentive to do so.

The EU will introduce duties and barriers to UK goods and services!
Yes, they are so empowered. It is their own citizens who pay the EU duties, not us. Where is their incentive?

Oh! and by the way, I recently did a search to find out where all the import duty goes on goods brought into the UK for the rest of the world. I had always assumed that it goes to the UK treasury. Never was I so wrong! It goes to the EU! Go on, check me? The UK public pay import duty, not the foreign sender. Yes, You, the end user! So add that 3.4billion each year (over 9m a day) to the the EU membership fee and see what you get?

The UK is 60% food-independant. Frankly, it may be a very good thing for us to improve on that. In the mean time, we have all of the rest of the world, from whom to import food. I am one of those who felt embarraced that the UK had destroyed the New Zealand lamb industry when we joined the EU. That's a pretty serious thing to have done carelessly (that is, without care). Frankly it was cruel of our Government! As a nation, we could do with a review of our food chain. What on earth are we doing exporting so much of our lamb (just as one example), when our own families can barely afford to buy it, when at the same time, farmer-producers are going down all around us? That is another story. It is one well worth studying, but not here and not now.

Do you remember Douglas Adam's "useless third of society"? For me, and I do not offer this as any kind of certain fact, that proportion of the work-force who neither make, mend or grow something, but check-up on those who do, fit into that category. Not that the people are useless, but that the jobs they are being paid, well over the norm for workers, ARE. I am amongst those who argue, 'by all means have the rules and penalise those who break the rules' (maybe by preventing them from continuing to break the rules),' but leave the majority alone using a presumtion of innocence'. That would mean the end to endless forms applying for permssions to do this, that or the other, an end to application fees and so on.

Loosing that useless third will lead to a problem though!
As things stand, there is almost no unemployment. Anybody wanting a job has only got to become part of the third and BINGO! Get rid of those jobs and move to presumption of innocence, and all of a sudden, what else are those lovely people going to do? I do have the answer. As a nation, our goods and services are really rather expensive. That is why we are having trouble competing on world markets. What we could do is to get people who are working doing all that checking up on those who are doing it right, making, mending or growing something. Or to put it another way, by improving the efficiency of the nation. Do the job better, quicker and cheaper than anybody else. That is the real nature of competition.

Where this is all coming down to is that, although the standards imposed by the EU are all very commendable, on an individual basis, we have to ask ourselves if we can afford to apply them in the manner demanded of us? For my part, the answer is no, I really cannot earn enough to cover those costs and to have water, eat and keep warm as well.According to one web site, United Kingdom (UK) total HMRC tax receipts from fiscal year 2000/01 to fiscal year 2017/2018 (in billion GBP) comes to 165.3bn. TO my mind that comes to about 10,000.00 for every man woman and child in the country. Oh my gosh, that's more than I can earn! The same web site says that 3.4bn of that is United Kingdom (UK) HMRC customs duty receipts from fiscal year 2017/218 (in billion GBP).

OK, so where I was going with that is that, as a nation, it looks to me as though we are spending more than our people can afford trying to go in a very desirable direction. In a lot of ways it is wonderful that the UK has led the way in so many important improvements. However, I would much prefer it were it the UK Government which led the UK only and for it to do so at a pace which is affordable.

The cost of checking that anything anybody is about to do is legal is huge. It takes very large numbers of staff to keep an eye on what may be about to happen in the near future. What's more, there's nothing liberal about presuming that we are all guilty of planning to harm our neighbours or society at every turn. NO! Let's have the UK Government keeping a kiondly and watchful eye on what has happened to ensure that no har mhas been done. Let's GUIDE people to WANT to do the right thing and advise them on how do achieve it. Let's remove the threats and amazingly irritating methods the EU to force their opinion on us. Why would I prefer to look at things from this perspective? My reasoning is that a carrot is and always has been more effective than the stick. OK, so that is a bit effemeral. Maybe a better way of saying it would be that putting people in fear of punishment should they get it wrong is no way to encourage innovation and experiment or learning.

Also: If civil servants were there to HELP folk to find out how best to do things instead of trying to catch them doing it wrong, that may not only be cheaper, but also a lot more pleasant. They were like that decades ago!

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