Sunday, July 17

Epitaph for a Prime Minister

It has been announced this evening that Sir Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 - 74 , has died.

Obituaries and comment will abound over the next few days.

Perhaps the former premier's epitaph should be:

'' The unpleasant and unacceptable face of of real political deceit ''

Heath considered his greatest political achievement to have presided over the UK's entry into the European Economic Community (later to become the European Union).

In a prime ministerial broadcast in January 1973 Heath claimed:

'' There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified''.

The deceit is History; the consequences effect every living Briton.

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