‘Fear you won’t have any food? Fear of unemployment? Fear that we’ve somehow been so reduced as a country that we can’t (cope) as an independent nation? And a constant attempt to tell us that what we have is not worth a damn.’
Sound familiar? Think #ProjectFear.
“Fear you won’t have any food. Fear of unemployment. Fear that we’ve somehow been so reduced as a country that we can’t (cope) as an independent nation. And a constant attempt to tell us that what we have is not worth a damn” Sound familiar? #ProjectFear pic.twitter.com/umlhHf9cPr
— BREXIT BRITAIN 🇬🇧 Supporting BREXIT & #NoDeal! (@EUVoteLeave23rd) August 1, 2018
Shore’s barnstorming and impassioned speech is all the more remarkable given that it was made by a Labour MP more than 40 years ago, just before the 1975 European referendum vote to stay in the union, then known as the European Community.
This edited version of his speech has been widely shared in the last week or so. For the many of our readers who have not succumbed to social media, here’s your chance to see it.
The history lesson it delivers is certainly worth it.
The Sunday Times’s Allison Pearson @allisonpearson tweeted of it: ‘This is absolutely bloody brilliant. Thrilling eloquence and a sentiment that hasn’t dated.’
A reply to her said: ‘This extract should be mandatory on the 10 o’clock news . . . as a reminder that little changes in 40 odd years. Peter Shore was right then, and even more right now.’
Another said: ‘The point is that Peter Shore was correct in his analysis then, and it resonates just as strongly now, having ‘experienced’ the EEC become the EU . . . And we voted to Leave having seen it for what it is . . . and Leave we will.’
If you want to see Peter Shore’s full unedited Oxford debate speech (without the accompanying mood music and inserts) it is available here: