Bill Halson: Not Learning from Aesop

The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said, "I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveller to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin."

So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveller. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair.

Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.


The moral of Aesop’s fable is that brute force is less effective than friendly persuasion.

Today’s Remain campaign cannot see this, and their campaign is entirely based on brute force. Though, in a reversal of the fable, it wishes to force us NOT to remove the straitjacket that is our membership of the European Union.

The truth is that it is impossible for a group of 27 nations to reach consensus on reforms which some individual nations would find unpalatable, as in the case of the French and the Common Agricultural policy.

It is impossible to control our border and control immigration while we remain in the European Union. Millions of people have merely to show an EU passport to be admitted to our country.

The EU is essentially a Socialist organization bent on ever-further development of efficiency and competition-sapping measures. It is no wonder Jeremy Corbyn has come out in support of it.

The UK cannot overturn EU laws, as the “precedence principle” guarantees that European law is superior to the national laws of Member States. Further, our influence “at the Top Table”, is steadily diminishing. Our voting power in the Council of Ministers has decreased from 17% to 8%, in the European Parliament from 20% to 9.5%, and in the European Commission from 15% to 4%.

The United Kingdom no longer runs its own justice system. Instead, the European Court of Justice has authority over the courts of every EU country. Its purpose is to ensure that EU law is interpreted and applied identically in every EU country.

Peace and security in Europe have been achieved through NATO, not the European Union. This peace will continue to be protected by organisations and intelligence-sharing arrangements that operate outside the EU, in spite of the Prime Minister's absurd suggestion about World War 3.

In truth, nothing can be known about the outcome of Brexit. Every apocalyptic warning of what “could” happen has no more validity than that of a fairground crystal-ball gazer.

Brexit holds out not certainties, but optimism and hope. The United Kingdom will regain much of the sovereignty that it has lost, thrive economically, and become a nation more comfortable with itself.

Bill Halson first campaigned for the Conservative Party in the 1955 General Election, in which Winston Churchill was unceremoniously dumped. He helped his wife run a successful Marriage Bureau, and currently runs an Old-time Music Hall company.