Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Willy Poole Column

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Willy Poole Column

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Byline: By Willy Poole

Some of you may be old enough to remember the introduction of decimal currency into the UK.

You remember Harold Wilson (the second biggest liar in the history of the Labour Party) saying that it would make no difference to the value of "the pound in your pocket". Of course, that was the father and the mother of a lie and 'business' used the occasion for a crafty price hike.

Those who were there will remember that people took to calling the 50p coin a 'Wilson', because it was two-faced and many-sided. We must find a suitable and similar memorial for Blair, when he finally finds that his political road has run out and he falls off the end of it. Wheeeeeee!

It goes without saying, but does no harm to Labour the point, that exactly the same thing would happen if we went into the euro: all prices would be quietly rounded up. That certainly has been the French experience.

The French all mutter that they would love to have their franc back, but if you can get one in a quiet moment and a quiet mind (not always easy) he or she will admit that situation is very unlikely to happen. For starters, there is now at least one generation which has grown up knowing nothing but the euro and for whom the franc is merely a quaint thing of history.

The French child is actively taught history, especially when it demonstrates the perfidy of the English and the fact that Napoleon had Wellington whupped at Waterloo, had it not been for the unwarranted intrusion of the Prussians. In fact, they might have a point there. It was as Wellington said "a damned close run thing."

The unlikelihood of a country reverting to a previous currency is understandable, I mean how many of you could now convert pounds 1.75 into pounds, shillings and pence or if it comes to that, tell me what pounds 1, 12 shillings and sixpence ha'penny would be in metric? Get Grandad to do it for you; you knew he would come in useful one day.

I WENT to the supermarket yesterday, which is a thing I would never have dreamed of doing in Alnwick and I bought a bottle of Talisker, my favourite single malt, and do you know what? …

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