I and my DH were discussing this morning when a "Rejoin the EU" party might start. He concluded that it would be unlikely to succeed until our generation had died out. The reason for his opinion is that we are too influenced by the events of WW2. There has been so much rhetoric from the leavers that is war related and the vast majority of those were born during or after the war and so cannot remember it. However, our parents' generation often reminisced about the war and this may have affected our thinking about our relationship with Europe.
My father was too young for WW2 and was called up and did his military service in Palestine and his father, who worked for Marconi, was involved in communications so neither talked about the war. My FIL volunteered for the navy and was on destroyers throughout the war. His ship was turned into an hospital ship for the D Day landings. He kept a diary and talked often about various events.
We have a neighbour here in France and when we celebrated her 90th birthday, 5 years ago, she sang some wartime songs and reminisced about the good times and the fun she had. (Before some of you pounce, I am aware that good times were not had by all)
A good example of a rhetorician is, of course, Mark Francois. Born in 1965, 20 years after the end of the war and yet constantly referring to his father's war time exploits.
What do you think?
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