Britain was the epicentre of an empire that dominated the globe.
Sterling was the unofficial reserve currency and policies promulgated in London controlled world trade.
I have news for UKIP, those days are gone forever.
The world is increasingly dominated by large trading blocs incorporating free trade areas; to be heading in the opposite direction beggars belief.
Equating party allegiance with nationhood is both naïve and vacuous.
UKIP’s simplistic message is one that has been used many times throughout history.
They claim that the problems are not your fault, it’s the governing elite and foreigners.
They wrap their message in nationalistic language and claim to be the only solution.
Many European countries had to confront similar ideas in the 1930s but failed to do so.
This must not happen again.
UKIP trades on the language of fear and division and only seeks power to reject responsibility.
Their claims of a breakthrough in British politics are pathetic.
I would remind them that in the 1980s the newly formed Social Democrats were cast in the same way, and they had sitting MPs, only to disintegrate when the general election occurred and eventually merging with the Liberal party.
UKIP will not find anyone else to share their right wing views and will fade into history.
Never trust someone who seeks to project an image as a working class man of the people when he is just another ex-City trader.
Farage has developed a manifesto that wants to abolish employment rights and privatise the NHS and to divide education between the haves and the have-nots.
People need to realise and understand that voting UKIP should not be about protest and that there are greater threats than immigration.
I, for one, am looking forward to the general election campaign and confronting people I regard as dangerous and bigoted.
We would like to thank all the people of the East Midlands who took the time – in many cases braving the downpours – to vote UKIP in the recent European elections.
The results really did trigger the “earthquake” in politics we spoke about and showed that the people of this region and indeed the whole country, are fed up with the tired old parties and constant dogma.
We would also like to thank all those who helped with our campaign and worked tirelessly to achieve our aims.
You can rest assured our new MEPs will do all they can to represent the people of the East Midlands and work towards the divorce of our country and the EU.
Believing that the MP Eric Pickles had something to say about the Rushden Lakes project, I have searched the pages of the Telegraph for a few weeks without seeing a report.
Has he fallen into the lake and been lost?
I actually voted Conservative in the European elections, but only because Labour and UKIP are not addressing the one nationship needs of Britain, and it is better the devil you know.
But Dave Trigg in his Your View letter on May 22 is right to believe in a better Labour – with a major redesign as New New Labour perhaps.
UKIP is not a suitable name for a government, but more importantly, its policies are dangerously inapt. While the majority may want an exit from the European Union, I bet 85 per cent of people would want to be in it to win it, and benefit from it.
Labour must prove their aptness and ability by trying to redesign the European Union.
My wife and I have had the misfortune to spend some time in Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital and have been looked after very well.
My wife just spent two months in Northampton after a severe stroke. She is unfortunately now in a care home but the staff at both hospitals are very under-rated.
They do a very difficult job and are very dedicated.
This year we commemorate the anniversaries of the First World War and the D-Day landings which the following year saw the downfall of fascism in Western Europe.
In 1946 Churchill called for a United States of Europe.
This was not to include the UK – he thought we would form a Bloc with the Commonwealth and a closer link with the USA, but his vision was for a Europe in which countries would never again go to war.
The release of the Eastern European countries from the yoke of Communism has enabled the potential for the entire community of European nations to forge bonds of friendship, co-operation and strength to play a unified role on the world stage.
Sadly, we are seeing signs of fragmentation – the dissection of the Ukraine, the possible separation of Scotland from the UK and the potential withdrawal of individual countries from the EU.
In difficult times it is easy to find scapegoats. The success of UKIP demonstrates this – East Europeans and the EU as a whole being the cause of all our ills.
We now find two of our local MPs – Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone – organising a mock referendum on EU membership.
These MPs should immediately abandon their ludicrous plan and ally themselves with, and not undermine, David Cameron’s quest for European reform.
UKIP has had its moment in the sun and hopefully will disappear over the horizon forever as quickly as it rose above.
This is not to say there is not a lot of hard work to be done by the mainstream parties in the UK and other countries to reform the EU to reduce the over centralisation and address the problems which have arisen in this country from the combination of Labour’s unsustainably overgrown benefits system and the unrestrained freedom of movement policy between the member states.
But in all this, Churchill’s aim that the sacrifices of our fathers and grandfathers in the catastrophic wars of the last century should not be in vain must not be forgotten and the underlying ambition should be one of unity and friendship, not divisive fragmentation.
The 104 people in the county who give up their time to support The Children’s Society’s vital work to fight childhood poverty and neglect are part of a movement of almost 11,000 amazing volunteers across the country.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every individual in Northamptonshire who volunteers their time, energy and skills to help us improve children’s lives.
Volunteers have been absolutely integral to the work of The Children’s Society since we started 130 years ago and this has continued to be the case.
Our thousands of dedicated local fundraising volunteers have raised more than £156m to support our work.