BY ERNIE WARRENDER
As Small Business Spokesperson for UKIP for many a long-suffering year, it has been my privilege to witness Brexit emerge as minority view to become the People’s choice. I’ve always known we can do things better on these islands without others’ meddling and governing us from outside. We should be showing the world how a competent nation state operates while being allowed to be proud in our mighty nation.
We are at a crossroads in History. As we step out into being an independent Britain once more we should tell the world we are open to business and show off just how innovative and creative we can be.
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations – better known as The Great Exhibition (sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held) – took place in Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 15 October 1851. It was the first in a series of World’s Fairs, exhibitions of culture and industry that became popular in the 19th century. The Great Exhibition was organised by Henry Cole and by Prince Albert, husband of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria. Famous people of the time attended, including Charles Darwin, Samuel Colt, the writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson and William Makepeace Thackeray.
Although the Great Exhibition was a platform on which countries from around the world could display their achievements, Britain sought to show off its own talents. Britain also sought to provide the world with the hope of a better future. Europe had just struggled through two difficult decades of political and social upheaval, and now Britain hoped to show that technology, particularly its own, was the key to a better future.
Attempts at repeating the Great Exhibition are nothing new. Post-war austerity was brightened by the 1951 Festival of Britain where people from all over the globe gazed in awe at the Skylon epitomising the Great technical advances made in post war Britain.
A Great Brexhibition would showcase Britain’s lead on green technologies, fintech, pop rock and dance music, wind energy (Britain is now the world’s largest offshore wind energy producer with a total capacity of 5,788 megawatts), literature, film, football, animal welfare, private education, universities, motorsport, visual effects, cutting-edge architecture and the nation’s strengths in so many other fields such as counter terrorism, military and services. And yes, the Royal Yacht should have a rebuild and become one of its centre-pieces despite what the negative Remainers and Guardianistas think about such a move.
A Great Brexhibition would show the world how we intend to reinvent ourselves as Arcadia in the twenty-first century, becoming a place of discussion about key topics of the day such as globalism, the environment and capitalism. A melting pot of ideas as well as an exhibition of the nation’s great strengths.
There you go, Dom and Boris. Now make it happen, lads.
Ernie left school with no qualifications and started work during the three-day week in the 1970s, before ending up on an assembly line. He went travelling to Australia and on his return ended up in a squat in London. He started his own company 25 years ago, and it is now the largest UK-owned company in its sector in the South West. He stood as a General Election candidate for UKIP four times.