In my opinion: This UKIP soothsayer keeps getting predictions wrong
After a period longer that most of us wish to remember, sermons on an almost daily basis from the somewhat self-opinionated Peter Wyatt of Totnes recently appeared to have come to an abrupt halt in the letters pages of the Western Morning News. At last, I thought, Mr Wyatt's crystal balls had finally reached retirement age. My hopes of a permanent respite and those of several other readers with whom I am well acquainted have, however, been sincerely dashed now that the all too often repetitive ramblings from Mr Wyatt on the EU or environmental issues have returned with a vengeance following an all too short, but nevertheless very much appreciated, absence.
At the height of the worldwide financial crisis caused by reckless bankers and City whizzkids (ironically, according to recently published data, just the sort of people who continue to bankroll his beloved UKIP), Mr Wyatt was predicting with his usual self-confidence the imminent collapse of the European Union. Now unless I am very much mistaken, the EU is still very much in existence whether the likes of Mr Wyatt appreciate it or not. Then along came the so-called euro currency crisis in 2010-11 and Mr Wyatt was very much in the business of preaching to us about how, within a matter of weeks, Greece, then in a domino effect with Portugal and other nations, would be forced one by one out of the euro. A few years on and the euro is still the currency of Greece, Portugal et al, still flourishing and with an additional nation-member to boot. It's also worth reminding ourselves that when the euro was born, all the old doom-merchants said it would soon fail and rapidly lose value. At that time a euro was worth 67 pence in sterling; today it is worth 86 pence.
Then we had the UN sponsored summit on sustainable development held in Rio in 2012 at which juncture, as confidently as ever, our old friend Mr Wyatt was predicting that this would end in total disarray when, lo and behold, it subsequently concluded with various protocols and international agreements put in place.
Thank goodness Mr Wyatt is not my stockbroker or tipster, because his Cassandrian prophecies appear to have a very poor track record and his doom laden predictions seem as likely to happen as Red Rum winning next year's Grand National, Elvis performing live at the O2 Arena or UKIP winning seats in the House of Commons at the next General Election.
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