May 2009 08

Yesterday we held a very successful action day to launch the logo and slogan of our EU Campaign:

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TPA Activists handed out thousands of leaflets and free car window stickers to commuters at King's Cross, St Pancras, Charing Cross and Westminster Tube station:

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The leaflets and the message were extremely well received and we had plenty of well-wishers and new supporters signing up on the spot. Tellingly, the only criticism we got was from people with a vested interest, like a former Eurocrat who tried to explain that it would be impossible to run the EU machine if they had to listen to the people all of the time!

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The car stickers went down particularly well with London's cabbies, many of whom were not only enthusiastic to put them up in their cabs, but took more to dish out to their mates.

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The TPA also had two planes pulling banners reading "Stop The EU Rip-Off" over Birmingham and London, as well – look out for a special video of that event on this blog in the next few days.

The great reaction yesterday shows that the huge £2,000 per person cost of the EU is the crucial argument as far as the taxpaying public are concerned, and that the people are way ahead of the politicians on this issue. In the corridors of Westminster, any mention of the problems of the EU must be uttered in hushed tones and garlanded with technical details to slip past the twin barriers of taboos and the whips – out in the real world around Britain, though, people are heartily sick of the EU Rip-Off. And they want the chance to say so.

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To get your own free Stop the EU Rip-Off car window sticker, click here.

Mark is a writer and political campaigner, ardent libertarian and eurosceptic.



  • SJB

    A million Brits took to the streets to oppose the war in Iraq. 400,000 protested against the ban on hunting. How many have marched to demonstrate that they are “heartily sick of the EU Rip-Off”?
    People felt strongly enough to elect Martin Bell and Richard Taylor as Independent MPs; but how many seats in recent General Elections and by-elections have UKIP won?
    The British electorate were so incensed about the EU that only 38.2% could be bothered to vote in the 2004 European Elections. Of those that did vote, only 16.1% chose UKIP. Even adding in the BNP share of the vote only makes the anti-EU vote total around 21%.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2004/euro_uk/html/front.stm

  • Hardeep Singh

    The “EU”, “Rip-off” … well I never! How long’s that been going on…? :) - What next dodgy expense claims for our own beloved MPs, it’ll never happen I tell you!

  • CHARLIE

    SJB – You are clearly forgetting that in many cases people feel so frozen out of the process and are so disillusioned by the way the system works that a little thing called ‘voter apathy’ develops.
    If people felt that they would actually be heard, if people felt that they could force a change in the face of increasingly stubborn and arrogant bureaucracy, and if people felt that there was a cat in hell’s chance of the UK being able to re-establish it’s independence from the mindless hordes of dictats from Brussels under this and previous Governments, then perhaps one would see a higher turnout.
    What TPA seems to be doing is trying to re-convince people that they CAN have a say and that if they all take part, we CAN make changes to our relationship with Europe. Of course we CAN’T do much about people who choose to be sarcastic about the ongoing efforts to keep the people of this country informed, such as your post…

  • bernard

    Love the T shirt. Can I buy one somewhere?