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Let’s not go back to the 1970s and the three-day week

13 September, 2018

• I AM dismayed by how badly our politicians are dealing with Brexit. Unless something changes, it looks like we in the UK are again on course to be the Sick Man of Europe.

I remember just how bad the economy was in London before we voted to enter the European Community on the June 5 1975. The canal wharves and railway arches of Camden were blighted, a far cry from the flourishing Camden Market of today.

The three-day week introduced by the government in 1974 aimed to conserve electricity and commercial users of electricity were limited to three specified consecutive days’ consumption each week.

Living near the Royal Free Hospital, an essential service, I was lucky and my work was not affected by electricity power cuts. However many of my friends had to deal with living their lives around the repeated cuts to power supply.

Life was also often a lot more boring than today and television companies were required to cease broadcasting at 10:30pm to conserve electricity. All this is eerily close to the “no deal” preparations the government has announced during its so-called negotiations with the EU.

With the dire economic situation of the early 1970s people demanded to have a vote on entering the European Community. And so it is today, the majority now are calling for a chance to have their say through a People’s Vote on Brexit.

The People’s Vote March in Central London on Saturday October 20 aims to show our politicians an ever growing number of people want a People’s Vote on Brexit before it is too late. Details can be found at: www.peoples-vote.uk/march.

WILLIAM WELBANK
Pond Street, NW3

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