At 11pm on Friday 31st January 2020 Britain is due to finally cease membership of the dictatorial European Union.
It has been a long time coming; it was a mistake to have joined the EU on 1st January 1973 when it was known at the outset that the organisation was controlled by unelected officials and not democratic. The proposed single European currency for diverse national economies was economically unworkable.
Jean Monnet, considered to be the chief founding father of the European Union, allegedly stated in a letter of 30 April 1952:
“Europe’s nations should be guided towards the super-state without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.”
After quitting as the EU’s Chief Accountant, Marta Andreasen was on record as damning the EU as being:
“Unnecessary, lawless, corrupt, mistaken, undemocratic, bureaucratic, over-regulated and, ultimately, unworkable.”
The hourly chiming of Big Ben at the historic moment of 11pm on 31st January 2020, while renovations to the bell mechanism are being undertaken, will apparently cost half a million pounds (notwithstanding that there was no problem with Big Ben tolling one month ago to mark the New Year!). A recording of Big Ben tolling 11pm could be broadcast from loudspeakers at the top of Elizabeth Tower, but that appears to have been rejected. Therefore, an 11-gun artillery salute might be a suitable alternative to Big Ben bongs, if fired at intervals matching when Big Ben would have tolled. An artillery salute is respectful, visual and makes an emotional impact.
By Kevan Stafford