10 points you should consider for the EU referendum

  1. Voting in the referendum will be different from that of the seventies, because at that time we were only concerned with the economic consequences. Now we are also looking at the political ones.
  2. In the light of the above, people may be voting in the opposite direction to what they did previously.
  3. If the vote results in leaving the EU, there is no date set from when this will become effective.
  4. If the vote results with staying in the EU, this is likely to happen before David Cameron has agreed his revised terms and conditions. If those terms and conditions are unsatisfactory, what then will happen if the referendum has already gone in favour of staying in?
  5. Although the US $ has initially strengthened against sterling, trade with the US and Commonwealth countries will improve if the UK leaves the EU, and we could still rejoin EFTA.
  6. There will be a problem if Scotland vote to stay in the EU, but the rest of the UK vote against. This could lead to devolution in Scotland and victory for the SNP.
  7. Inflation/disinflation-when the UK joined the EU, prices went up in the shops. Can we hope for price reductions if we leave the EU?
  8. Taxes-The UK currently pays lip service to the EU in respect of tax legislation, and there is a need to consider alternative options. Do we really need V.A.T. (which is inflationary), or should we consider the American’s sales tax scheme? Some non-EU countries in particular sectors are refusing to sell to EU countries because of onerous V.A.T. regulations, and this has been described as “rampant”. This is called geo-blocking.
  9. Employment-If there is a vote to leave the EU, the UK would be able to prevent EU workers coming into the UK without a work permit. This would help UK unemployment figures by making more jobs available, but also mean that highly skilled EU workers would need a work permit, which is not needed at the moment. For UK professional sportsmen such as footballers, this would create more opportunities for the younger players to progress, thus helping the national teams.
  10. Political issues relate to the effect of national security. and despite the statements made by David Cameron, EU countries are generally too soft in respect of preventing terrorism (look at Sweden, Belgium, and even France before the attacks, while the most determined-Germany have also been victims).




Using your hobby as an educational tool

When I was at school, I used to learn my geography through the names of football clubs, especially those clubs with names that are not related to big cities, like Everton, Aston Villa, West Brom, and Tranmere. This was helped by taking travel maps from a the shop of a cousin, who ran a travel agency. My own team West Ham are currently based more in East Ham, until the end of this season, while Queens Park Rangers are nowhere near Queen Park on the Bakerloo line, not forgetting Arsenal’s original location in Woolwich and the fact that Chelsea are based in the Borough of Kensington, while Fulham are in Chelsea. I still don’t understand the location of Millwall to Millwall docks.. Until 1951 there used to be a league club called New Brighton, which were neighbours of Tranmere, rather than Brighton, and there are several Newport’s around the country. There is also no actual area called Crystal Palace. These examples can also be used to find out about clubs in Europe, such as Juventus being in Turin.

As a teacher, I use football examples to describe things in business studies, the latest example being to use the example of FIFA in respect of money laundering, while in terms of ethics, what about players (Robbie Fowler at Highbury) who have deliberately missed a wrongly awarded penalty? I also cite the case of Denis Law who scored from a wrongly awarded penalty at Upton Park, when Man Utd were leading 5-1.