County Durham businessman creates films to argue case for Britain leaving Europe (From The Northern Echo)
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County Durham businessman creates films to argue case for Britain leaving Europe
A NORTH-EAST businessman has invested £60,000 in creating two films which he hopes will persuade the British people to leave the European Union.
The films received their premiere in Harrogate at the weekend, and now head for London where they will be presented to the influential Eurosceptic thinktank, the Bruges Group.
They have been made by County Durham publicist Peter Troy, and feature an introduction by Lord Tebbit and a cameo appearance by TV personality Jan Leeming who reads a futuristic Euro-news.
“They are targeted at the estimated 30 million people who are in some way Eurosceptic and don’t have enough information,” said Mr Troy, who lives in Rushyford, near Ferryhill.
The first film, The Norway Option, looks at how Britain could function outside the EU without losing influence.
“Norway sits at the world’s top table for many issues, like fisheries or the setting of international motor safety standards – Norway doesn’t have a motor industry but it has more impact on vehicle safety than the UK,” said Mr Troy, who was the United Kingdom Independence Party’s lead candidate in Scotland in the 2004 Euro-elections.
He spent five days filming in Norway, with renowned Eurosceptic Dr Richard North, and Tony Baker, who used to present the BBC’s politics programmes in the North-East.
“Norway has a high standard of living and it is self-determining – this is a better option,” he said. “We’ve been married to the EU for 40 years and now we want out. The question is do we throw the pots and pans at each other, or do we do it amicably, and article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty allows us to do it amicably?”
The second film, Voices of True Democracy, fits the Harrogate Agenda – a pressure group formed by Dr North which is campaigning for democratic change.
“We don’t have true democracy in this country,” said Mr Troy. “Our local government is local administration of national government – they impose budgets rather than give us any local accountability.”
This, he said, is one reason turnout at elections is dropping.
“People aren’t apathetic. They just don’t see the point in voting,” he said. “It isn’t about right-wing or left-wing, it is about politics becoming elitist. There is a disconnection between the political elite and the people and one day it will become dangerous – the only reason it hasn’t boiled over is because we are English and we don’t do that sort of thing.”
A trailer for The Norway Option can be seen on YouTube, and the films are available to buy for £12.95 each via Amazon or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0800-7747651
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