as you say I have been reading this blog for way to long for it to come as a surprise. What I found interesting was the idea that if the UK was "in" the Euro the populace would, more likely, be directing their frustration / annoyance towards Brussels rather than London.
Quite likely, but we'd be even less able to get free with the problem of reestablishing an independent currency to add to the already considerable problems of getting out.
I've always felt that being out of the Euro was an attempt to retain some ability to maintain a certain amount of control or sovereignty which would be a fine thing. BUT, the issue is "how do you get the are asking why the government does this daft thing, or doesn't stop that daft thing to understand that the only answer is that they can't because it comes from the EU? That's the mountain I was talking about. What sales pitch will wake up the audience and direct their ire at the proper target? Would this be so hard if you were in the Euro?
As I recall, the campaign to stay out of the Euro was visceral "Save the Pound" rather than economic or rational. We probably have the most pro EU establishment and the least enthusiastic populace, but opposition to The Project has always been fragmented. What I see, particularly in the current economic circumstances, is that things which were shrugged off when times were good, such as expensive and useless refuse collection, are becoming irksome and the dots are being joined which lead back to the EU. It's not much of a barometer, but if you check the responses to on-line newspaper articles, there's an increasing number of people who've joined the dots. The EU itself may soon be going through problems with the stability of the Euro and the PIGS. Patience is wearing thin with political nest featherers.
We have three main parties, all with similar lines on the EU, so people feel disenfranchised on this issue and all lthat flows from it. I think that eventually, they'll have to change their tune when it becomes clear that the EU can't be afforded and is causing rage rather than vague annoyance. Either that or they'll start to see serious support given to the BNP, which does address questions they'd rather avoid and does offer answers.