YBF President Daniel Hannan has written an article for The Australian.
YOU don’t know how lucky you are, my friends. There isn’t a politician in Europe who wouldn’t gladly swap his problems for yours. Australia’s unemployment rate is half that in the European Union, your debt-to-gross domestic product ratio a quarter.
Like many British people, I feel wistful when I visit your country. Australia is familiar in so many ways, but we are aware of one critical difference: you still live under your own laws and your own representatives.
You are almost like the control in a scientific experiment, a poignant exemplar of how things might have turned out if we hadn’t made the wretched decision to join the EU 40 years ago. Our political systems are very close: my party regularly exchanges ideas and personnel with your Liberals; our two Labor parties are, if anything, even more intertwined. Your parliament looks and sounds like ours. But your MPs, unlike ours, get to run the country.