I think the last time I was angry and motivated enough to join a protest march was at an anti-Vietnam-war Jane Fonda rally in Ann Arbor Michigan in the seventies. I now have RyanAir flights booked to join an anti Brexit March being organised in London for May 25th.
A friend of mine on FaceBook responded: “Why can’t people accept the vote was a majority against remaining in the EU? Instead of implying that we are all idiots, we should be pulling together and working to implement the decision that was made by a fair vote.”
A fair vote? More people were excluded from that vote, than voted in favour of leaving the EU. I for one was in a disenfranchised “can’t vote” category even though I paid 30 years of UK National Insurance contributions. Yet young Australian backpackers that happened to be in the UK a few weeks could vote for fun. How is that fair? Why do British ex-pats living in another country for more than 15 years lose their vote on something that important that affects them more than anyone else? Why could 16-18 year olds not vote? They have to live with the consequences of Brexit much longer than any of us?
How is it fair that my UK born daughter could in theory be asked to sit a UK citizenship exam after Brexit, when she’s been teaching British kids all her adult life? Just because she renewed her Dutch passport once or twice? An EU passport I foisted on her as a baby and she kept for fun as part of her European identity of which she is proud!
I for one have no problem putting the referendum result aside, just as I think it’s fair to strip an athlete of any medals gained when found to have been cheating to win a race.
Let’s not forget:
- The leave vote includes many voter types who would have easily cancelled each other out, had this not been made into a fake binary choice to stay or leave EU.
So we have socialist workers wanting to keep open outdated UK power and steel plants voting to leave EU alongside ‘free trade’ types that openly admit that shutting such outdated clapped out plants down would be the first consequence of opening the UK up to open global competition after Brexit. Note in reality it was the UK government who blocked EU raising punitive tariffs on Chinese steel dumping practices, but it suits those same UK politicians if the blame for not protecting UK jobs can be laid at Brussels doors instead of much closer to home. The UK government is now totally reliant on Chinese investors to keep the UK’s trade books balanced.
- In the UK we’ve seen 40 years of relentless anti EU propaganda by the likes of Rupert Murdoch who owns the Sun and the Times. The pornographer Richard Desmond who owns the Express and arch Eurosceptic Paul Dacre who edits the Daily Fail
- The UK government excels in bypassing parliament by proposing unpopular but necessary rules and regulation in Brussels, getting it passed there by a majority vote. They like this because in this way they can pass the blame on faceless EU technocrats instead of taking flak back home. Nobody in UK parliament holds UK representatives to account, how they actually voted in the EU council of Ministers. Nobody asks them about their shadowy deals, if they stood up for Britain in Brussels. Instead we see a lot of ‘it wasn’t me Guv’ crocodile tears.
- Then we have the tendency for Whitehall types to gold plate every directive that comes out of Brussels and pride themselves to implement them the very next day. Few realise UK regulators restrict financial institutions more in London than mandated by Brussels. Perhaps because the UK knows how crooked the City is?
Or in the case of restrictions on free movement for recently joined poor Eastern EU countries, who in the UK knows we could have applied travel restrictions quite legally for years and years!…. But, Oh no we won’t do that. No need for all that. If it all goes pearshaped we’ll just blame Brussels again.
I could go on and on like this. Just read other articles in this blog. And if you get the impression, well actually we have been rather pigheaded and thick as pig shit in Britain in our past EU dealings, well I could’t agree more. My tactful reply in ‘House of cards’ style would be: “You may very well say that, I couldn’t possible comment”.
Point is the referendum was not made legally binding by clever Whitehall design or by shere Tory dimwit negligence. If Jacob Rees Mogg checked his golf club association rules he’d soon discover there a 52% majority can’t set ground rules, like allowing lady players, aside. Usually they need at least 70% of members to agree fundamental changes. He’d argue that kind of protection is built in most club rules for good reason. But something as important as EU membership only requires a simple majority? Think again folk! Over confident arrogance doesn’t even begin to cover it!
Maybe it was Sir Humphrey deliberately not reminding Camoron of that little emergency ‘advisory only’ exit for the shit storm he surely saw coming. After all the UK had a much respected ambassador in Brussels in Sir Ivan Rogers, who kept ringing alarm bells that things were being misrepresented, over simplified. He’s now fired for being ‘unpatriotic’. That’s how far dealing in expert facts get you in Brexit Britain.
Fact is you Brits should count yourselves lucky to have a way out of this Brexit madness. More and more people are waking up to the fact, that rather than pointless asking half of the country to start engaging in collective self harm with a bunch of loony kippers, we need to pull back from the brink. Rather than shooting ourselves in the foot, killing our services sector by restricting the free movement of people our most profitable economic sector requires, we should embrace it for the personal freedom it gives us in return. Freedom to retire to a place in the sun for hundreds of thousands.
Why not come to our collective senses and admit we’ve been had by some very louche types, some clearly racist types, some irresponsible free trade types. People who don’t give a damn about the collective costs of it all.
Let’s stop making ourselves the laughing stock of the free western world sucking up to the likes of Trump. Earning ridicule trying to make up for the loss of our nearest and biggest car and agricultural markets by selling weapons to the the likes of Erdogan in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
This is not the cool Britannia I know! I’m with chunkymark on this. Watch the video to end this evenings entertainment. https://youtu.be/TqRLL_rvxPw