Opinion: Our island nation faces a big decision

Will our island mentality be a factor in any future EU referendum, wonders Neil
Will our island mentality be a factor in any future EU referendum, wonders Neil
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Love them or loathe them, nobody can deny that UKIP’s arrival as a party with popular support has changed the politicial landscape of the nation.

In the north of the county, only in Corby did one of the traditional big three parties beat UKIP.

As in any election, there are so many ways of interpreting the share of the vote, the swing left or right and the turnout.

But, there is no escaping the simple fact that many of those who have traditionally voted Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat turned to UKIP instead.

The electorate not only appear to want to give traditional party politics a kicking, vast swathes of voters also appear to strongly believe in what UKIP stand for.

But, let’s not get too carried away.

How people vote in the Parliamentary elections next year will determine whether we get an “in or out” referendum on membership of the European Union.

And should that happen, it will be fascinating to see how the electorate react.

Have we, as a nation, grown tired of being part of what is seen as a remote and distant group of bureaucrats dictating policies to our island nation?

That island status may be the one key element that dictates how we perceive our nation.

We stand alone geographically, but we have to decide whether we would be better off economically by being part of the European gang. Decision time will come.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT