2019: An EU Space Odyssey
These photos were taken by me a few days ago at Space Expo at Noordwijk in the Netherlands. This exhibition is part of the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noodrwijk, which is the European Space Agency's main technology development and test centre for spacecraft and space technology. The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states - including the UK - dedicated to the exploration of space. ESA's work includes researching climate change and providing communication satellites that enable the GPS technology used in contemporary 'must haves' such as smartphones and Sat Navs.
As a committed 'remainer' in the UK's Brexit debate I have, nevertheless, become increasingly disillusioned with the shrill juvenile rhetoric of fellow 'remainers' which includes lampooning ad nauseam Theresa May and throwing milkshakes at Nigel Farage. A very recent example of this idiocy is conductor and Bach scholar John Eliot Gardiner lamenting that Brexit is a double disaster, because he doesn’t know how he will transport musicians and instruments back and forth across Europe once the UK is out of the EU. He then goes on to voice his fear of non-ecological and non-biological products from America, declaring ''A chlorinated chicken' from Donald Trump. This is a nightmare'.
Just a few seconds on Google reveals that in the future John Eliot Gardiner is happily travelling with his musicians and instruments not only to non-EU Brazil, but also - zut alors - to the nightmarish non-EU land of chlorinated chicken. If the 'remain' lobby had spent less time peddling this kind of fashionable nonsense and more time communicating the very real benefits of infrastructure economies of scale derived from EU projects such as the European Space Agency, the UK would not now be in such a sorry political mess.
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