The JD Wetherspoon pub chain, under its “charismatic” and “eccentric” (i.e. mad) owner, has recently given space to the No-Euro campaign on its walls and beer mats. However, the arguments put forward are so feeble that, even though I probably know little more about the euro (than they or you), it doesn’t seem disrespectful to counter them with more ignorance.
The six deal killers on the beer mats are:
- Unemployment in the euro countries is double ours
- And this proves…? Amount of dog shit on their pavements is half ours, so what?
- Euro households pay £1900 more tax than British households every year
- Overall?! Doesn’t this only add weight to the argument that we don’t pay enough tax to fund decent public services in this country?
- We wrecked the economy last time we tried this with the ERM
- Different thing, different time, different government (and a useless chancellor).
- We should spend the money on improving public services - not waste it on the euro
- But I thought that involved paying more ta…hang on, what money??
- We can trade with Europe without giving away the pound
- Yes, and the crippling costs won’t deter any of the international businesses based here. At least, the ones that are left.
- The euro is forever - if you don’t know, vote no
- What, it’s more permanent than the pound?! This is the best one - if you’re ignorant, pick a default answer. No, don’t bother to become informed. Maybe the Conservative Party should have campaigned with this one at the last election: “If you don’t know, vote Tory”.
Why don’t they just cut to the chase and say:We hate the frogs and krauts
For a better argument against the euro (although the suggestion that Europe might force us to cut our public spending to match theirs seems flawed), see Gary Younge’s column in the Guardian. I don’t necessarily endorse it, I just suggest it shows a little more intelligence than that found in the average saloon bar.