I posted this research earlier today on both Google+ and Facebook....
One of my Facebook friends responded, she has 4 children, 2 of whom can vote, she's 10 years younger than me, so born in the 1970's. I have included her response in my reply.....
I posted an article earlier about the difference in generations in the debate about Europe. One of my friends made a comment in that the young people of today don't see the differences in language, nationality or sexuality, because it doesn't matter. People are just......well people. Here is my response:
My youngest niece highlighted this a couple of years ago when we were having a discussion about nationality, culture, etc.......got me really thinking and researching about where I fit in! I (just about) remember the last vote on the EU.....I also know what it was like growing up through post-war, depressed Britain (the 1960's and 1970's were not halycon years!)....it was dark, bleak and not a lot of fun. Being part of an empowering Europe has given us freedom, security, knowledge, financial stability, social respect and an integrity that previous generations missed out on. In my opinion, it would be catastrophic for our future generations, to grow up in a country that doesn't have those values at the heart of their lives. I was 12 years old when we had the last referendum, I have grown up in a European community. I sincerely hope that the parents, grand-parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, great-uncles and great-aunts of the 12 year-olds today really, really read all the non-politician information, from the scientists, the economists, the financiers, the business leaders, the other EU countries, those EU countries who sit in the EEA, (with no vote on how Europe is stuctured).
Forget the scaremongering of both political in and out campaigners, they will wreak fear and hatred into our society.
I grew up in a West Yorkshire town, not that far from the horrific event yesterday. In the early 1970's it was very different, but as we all grew up, became more accepting of different creeds, races and religions we all found a way to live in harmony and respect each others views. The mosques were built amongst the Yorkshire woollen mills and the English churches (the mosques had more attendees than the churches), everyone found a way of living in their communities, side by side. Yep, there have been the fundamentalists from Dewsbury, but there has also been MPs who have stood for what they have believed in, for what they think is right, in today's society.
A United Kingdom which is part of Europe, has a vote and a say in what goes on. OK, there are times when we wish our leaders would shout a bit louder, to really put it to the European bureaucratics what we want and where we stand, but at least we can shout.
If we were in the Single European Market, or heaven (whichever one you believe in) forbid, completely outside Europe, we would have absolutely no voice, a mere (extremely hoarse) whisper on the world stage.