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When the facts change, I change my mind. what do you do, sir?

By Michael Meacher   July 1998

Like most members of the Labour party, I voted no in the 1975 referendum on membership of the common market, as we then called it. We regarded it as a rich man’s club, a protectionist racket run for the benefit of the bosses and against the interests of the workers and the third world. It was emphatically not part of the new world economic order of which we dreamed. As a result, I campaigned enthusiastically for the party policy adopted in the early 1980s of immediate withdrawal.

Now, of course, I have changed my mind. Otherwise I would not be…

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