Since the swing in the opinion polls in favour of the UKIP party over Britain’s continued membership of the EU, David Cameron has appeared like a man posessed and who has just lost his wallet stuffed full of fivers and is searching desperately everywhere to find it as he seems to be canvassing votes from the strangest and darkest corners of the electorate for his re-election in 2015.

In my lifetime I have witnessed no less than 13 different prime ministers, some of them serving more than once who have been required by the British Electorate to form a government. Some in my humble opinion have performed generally well for the United Kingdom and others, well they are probably best forgotten.

As my awareness of politics developed in my earlier and informative years, I started to notice the propensity with which these ‘Leaders’ courted differing sections of the population to drive their political agenda forward and assist their re-election later on. They were not there for everyone.

Quite possibly for me, the worst of it all was the Wilson years and the way in which the state became involved in interference in private industry through wholesale nationalisation. The object was of course to appease the union barons and compel the British taxpayer to bailout and prop up the likes of British Leyland and British Steel to name just two of the organisations who siphoned off copious amounts of taxpayers money to keep going whilst restrictive practices by unions went totally unchecked.

These activities guaranteed Wilson another term of office. The cost to the UK taxpayer was big enough to last for years and lead to the Americans forcing the UK to abandon the TSR2 fighter aircraft as the price for its support in the country obtaining a loan from the IMF.

The TSR2 was the most amazing fighter aircraft at the time and was light years ahead of the USA. Of course the American government did not like the UK being in front and also are reported to have demanded the cancellation of Concorde too. Many readers will know from their own experience that Concorde was the most spectacular civil aircraft ever produced but was a thorn in the American’s side. Britain could not cancel because they were locked in with La Belle France – thank God. But the USA got its own way in the end and Supersonic passenger flights are no more!

Moving swiftly forward to today and the courtship that is going on with what is generally termed the “Have-nots”, the government, aided by some low-life newspapers are generating a number of myths about ex-pat pensioners including the belief that we have transformed ourselves from being downtrodden, run of the mill human beings to “rich” “gin-swigging”, and lazy scroungers who don’t have to put up with the ceaseless rain in the UK and are taking unfair advantage of the British Economy. The politics of envy are once more alive and kicking.

I need hardly go into detail of how we few who have worked for 42 years or more, over-burdened by tax and national insurance demands in the UK to finally get our ‘pittance of a pension’ but the UK government do not acknowledge this – they would like to take it away from us. It is of course respective governments who have spent all our contributions on other things that, has caused the problems in funding our pensions today and not us. In short – we are the victims not the culprits.

Today, David Cameron, frequently called “Flash-man” by some idiots on the opposition benches has courted everybody he can think of to trust him to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s membership. If re-elected he will then allow an in/out referendum on continued EU membership. If the result of the referendum is for Britain to leave the EU, Cameron will just say “It was the will of the people and not my fault”.

I cannot believe that a man of Cameron’s intelligence really wants the UK to leave the EU and end up on the scrapheap of banana republics but he is virtually guaranteeing that it will happen.

Foolishly he ignores the very people he needs to get all his ducks in a row and achieve a ‘stay in majority’. They are the same people he has chosen to be so badly treated, abused and discriminated against by IDS (sounds like something you put in your car radiator to stop it freezing) and his rotten self-seeking political allies.

There are hundreds of thousands of expat voters in Europe of whom, upward of 90% would probably vote in favour of Britain retaining its place in the EU because they have experienced first-hand what the EU is all about and how much the UK needs to stay a member. Further, there are up to 5 million other expats worldwide who through their greater knowledge and experience through living outside of the UK would most likely vote for their homeland to stay in the union if they had not been disenfranchised from voting.

Sadly, the more I see of Cameron at Prime Minister’s Question Time, the more appropriate the tag of “Flash-man” becomes for me. I never thought I would live to see the day that I thought it of the man but the permanent smirk on his face leads me to feel that way too!

Cameron has staked all on his negotiating skills in trying to persuading Brussels to support his proposed changes and even worse he will rely on a fickle electorate to give him the result he wants. He has chosen to ignore a “once in a lifetime opportunity to come shining through”.

As I have commented before, UKIP are not the first political party to have but one policy, Adolf Hitler was the same. Cameron needs to detach himself from his worst nightmare and engage with the people who could if treated better and with less distain, swing things in his favour.

He should not be looking to ‘appease’ the siren voices of his party’s extreme right, the ‘Have-Nots’ and the UKIP loonies but rather winning back the support he has lost over the abuse of pensioners rights. We pensioners are very, very angry Mr Cameron.

The man is stubborn and sadly my prediction is that his horse will fall at the first jump. Then we few “greys” must ask ourselves what was the purpose of our lives if not to bring common-sense to an out of control government? Could we have been more pro-active by writing to our politicians, signing petitions and generally voicing our opinions? Should we of gathered in numbers and marched on London?

Whatever we can do now, we must do. It is not just for our own rights but those of our children and our children’s children who too will become pensioners one day.

It is also falls to those same Children at least and the youth of Britain to support us now before it is too late – please encourage them to support us and indeed, their country.

Please support the petition at AVAAZ by clicking the link below and signing it and any other petitions on the same subjects at – you don’t have to pay – it is totally free to sign!

Author: Clive Walley in Spain

Latest comments

11.09 | 19:03

Thank you for your opinion. However, the UK is far from being oppressed by the EU. We are one of the leaders not followers.

18.06 | 14:34

What a load of rubbish, who wants to be controlled by any devil ,the English have proved over history that they will not be oppressed

18.01 | 13:35

Dear Kathleen, Thank you for visiting the website and posting your comment in support of our cause. Please, if you can find time, write to your UK MP. Thanks

18.01 | 13:20

This proposal is in my opinion a clear breach of EU law.

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