Sounds very accurate to me Godfrey, keep up the good work - well, at least until you're the new police commisioner in Hull.
David - Keighley
'Today I call for a federation of nation states, not a superstate' was what Jose Manuel Barroso actually said. Claiming he called for a single 'federal state' is simply untrue and shows that you are prepared to resort to scare tactics and dishonesty to push your agenda. Disgusting.
Shane Moore - Hartlepool, England.
I voted against the Common Market all those years ago. I didn't think it would work. Now the talk of a federal Europe is even more worrying. Our great country is being throttled by the EU, uncontrolled immigration and the strain on our health,education and housing resources.
It's time to stop immigration to all but those who can support themselves, speak our language and show respect for our laws. All immigrants should be unable to claim benefits until they have worked and paid taxes for at least five years.
I must make it clear that I'm not racist, but in this country it seems that we have to accept their ways while they run us down and spread hatred of the indigenous population.
Deidre Vernon - Worksop,UKIP member.
Yes, very true, but how does my party UKIP and the learned professor - plus those like him who give good advice - get the truth out to the average Brit? The media, led by the state funded Ministry of Truth - our national broadcaster - has an unwritten policy of ignoring UKIP and deriding it, if it's given the slightest half opportunity?
David - Suffolk
Amen. An economic trading consortium is what I voted for, not the shambles we have today.
David - Hastings
Professor Congdon was not clear in his report because he counted as "costs" a great deal of regulations that we would have to keep even if we left the EU, simply because they are essential to any advanced economy - workers' rights.
Martin - Kidderminster
Why are you even allowing this man to continue as an MEP?
Alisdair - Brussels
The older generation know what sovereignty, freedom and self determiation of their country is really all about. When these people are gone, what then?
Linda Hudson - Washington, U.K, UKIP
The Vileness of the EU will go down in history as the destroyer's of western culture and their identities - for there domination of control. They will strip you your kingdom and power, and amalgamate into one European bloc. When they take your Armed Forces away from you, you are destined to enter the European bloc. When that happens, it's all over because you have rolled over to the demands.
Arthur Thompson - Bournemouth. Dorset.
Costs in the report - e.g. regulation 5 per cent of GDP - are merely asserted with no proper argument. What would be the cost of no regulation in terms of accidents and increased pollution etc?
The older generation is living on the tales of British empire. It's not coming back. Britain is a small and poxy little island. Mocked by the US. Disliked by Europe. Insignificant to China. On a path to irrelevance as long as the arch Eurosceptics continue to live in the past in a land that time forgot. Any old generation right-wing nut should not be allowed anywhere near foreign policy and should be asked to quietly retire to the suburbs.
Wiseman - London, England
The problem the UK faces is homemade. The main problem of the economy is already alluded to in the article itself: "The butcher, baker doctor, window cleaner, cab driver and public transport are the beating heart of the economy." Except for public transport, this could've been the beating heart of an economy before the industrial revolution and that is why the UK has such severe problems.
The last parts of the industry it still has had to be bought up by foreign companies (Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mini by the Germans, Jaguar and Rover by the Chinese or the US). This worked fine as long as London's banking sector could make money speculating on stock options and paying absurd bonuses, but it is not working anymore now. The reaction are cuts in education and welfare, which takes money away from those who spend every last cent, stimulating the economy - and reduces the future qualified workforce which would earn a lot and hence pay a lot of taxes to finance the country.
As always, when talking about the EU, Spain and Greece are named as proof. Of course this is biased to make the point the author wants to make. Why not name all the countries that have an economy that works much better than in the UK, with lower unemployment and debt : Austria, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands. Interestingly enough, these are also countries that have very developed welfare states, invest a lot in education (which is free and in some cases like Denmark the state actually gives you money to make it easier for you to study), and have a very strong industrial base, the state also investing a lot in research, infrastructure etc.
So if somebody seriously thinks you can get the UK back on track by discouraging higher education, cutting investments in the future and research, then the UK will see a very bleak future. Maybe economists and political leaders should start to look at the democratic nations (not advantaged by a huge population that gives them economic weight) that actually work. That have effectively managed bureaucracy, low corruption, strong industries, and that invest in education, infrastructure (internet, streets, public transportation) and research while at the same time having low unemployment, low poverty and low debt.
Steven Miller - Paris