Hands up if you now think we should have joined the Euro in 1999?
As the pound slides below Euro parity, I bet Longrider wishes we had joined when he could buy a Euro for 61p. His move to France will mean his salary in pounds will probably effectively halve as he pays his bills in Euros.
But obviously more important than Longrider's woes (sorry for upsetting you LR with some home truths about hypocrisy), the UK would have been forced to tackle it's runaway housing market speculation and private debt if we had joined. Long fixed-term mortgages with high deposits should have been the norm back then, we would now be far better positioned to ride out the recession. Brown is an idiot.