Place your wisely on EU future

Peterborough Telegraph's Man behind the mic column by Paul Stainton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire host -
Peterborough Telegraph's Man behind the mic column by Paul Stainton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire host -
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My old history teacher Mr Haig (Very old by now, Ed) often used to say that you need to explore the past to understand the present and to help shape your future.

He also used to say “Be quiet Stainton” and “See me after the class” quite a lot, but that’s a story for a different day, let’s just say I had a short attention span.

With the return of Mulder and Scully to our TV screens this week I have been thinking a lot about my past this week – 1993 to be precise - The year that the spooky duo first went searching for the truth in numerous dark rooms, with only a flashlight for protection.

It was the year Mr Blobby visited the Posh to see the famous “Pizza kit” before attacking the referee and sitting on me in front of the London Road end - I can still hear the cheers now and Lil Fuccillo’s left boot certainly left a lasting impression.

My Monday nights were spent at Fifth Avenue nightclub, spinning the tunes for the infamous Margaret Thatcher Experience, where anything went as long as it was out whilst Maggie was in. My days were taken up at the old Hereward FM building in Queensgate, learning my trade, with the fabulous Paul Coyte on breakfast, Dominic Byrne on the news (yes that one) and Adrian Durham reading the sport, in his best “radio” voice.

’93 was also the year that Ford launched the business man’s dream – the Mondeo – the year that Princess Di went to see a lawyer and the year that 2 Unlimited had No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no more limits. What a year for music that was!

But more importantly perhaps, as is the case today ahead of the promised referendum, the Conservative Party were split right down the middle, on the thorny old issue of Europe.

You had the Thatcherites on one side and the Majorites on the other, squabbling over the Maastricht treaty – an agreement which was to effectively pave the way for the European Union that we have today.

That treaty greatly extended the powers of the EU and the forthcoming referendum, on our future within, or without, can be traced right back to the signing of that document by the then Prime Minister, and former Huntingdon MP, John Major.

The treaty scraped through the House of Commons, with much blood-letting, on all sides. It opened wounds which have still to heal today and that yes vote had huge ramifications for us all.

We all know where Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson stands on the issue – He would personally rebuild the borders with his bare hands before arm wrestling Jean- Claude Juncker for a return of our sovereignty.

But what is less clear is what our withdrawal from the European Union would do to businesses in Peterborough or what effect it might have on trade, travel and our wider economy.

This is a very important moment for our country and whichever way you are leaning, I urge you to consider all the facts before you make such a momentous decision.

Do not rely on hyperbole and do not trust sensational headlines or ill-informed 

Will we be better off out or in?

As Mulder would say, the truth is out there, some-