And the winner is …

Well, it certainly wasn’t Democracy was it? If nothing else, the past two weeks has confirmed something that I alluded to in one of my earlier blogs, that the notion of “government by the people” is not what our democratically elected politicians actually want. Nor, it seems, is it what people want when the result of public opinion is not in accord with their own views. The EU referendum may have produced a resounding Brexit call from English voters, the Official result being 52% Leave and 48% remain. However, the Remainers refuse to accept it and they are being positively beastly about those [ the majority ]who voted Leave. In actual fact, outside of London the numbers voting to Leave were far higher than those wishing to Remain. In my region, East Yorkshire, the result was 60% Leave and even higher in many other regions of the country. However, whilst the turnouts were surprisingly high [ 75% in East Yorks] it seems that we who voted Leave have been labelled as “racists”, “paupers” “idiots” and other equally vile terms  by those who voted to remain. Some people even called for the result to be over-turned on account of it being too small a margin whereas, had the result gone the other way, the same people would have claimed it a tremendous victory for the Remain group. Personally, I’ve never been comfortable with being perceived as part of a “Group” as I’ve always valued my independence. However, even I know that the government would not wish to offend those millions of voters outside of London, who voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. The Metrosexual, Cosmopolitan, elite who believe themselves consanguineous with every politically correct moron who ever walked this earth can go take a running jump, they lost, we won.

So okay, we’ve taken a huge risk but there are people in place to manage those risks. We don’t need individuals such as the governor of The Bank of England running around shouting “We’re doomed” or “I told you this would happen”. Get you finger out mate or shove off back to Canada! Seriously though, whatever reasons people had for voting to leave the EU, I believe that it was largely a call for greater democracy along with an attempt to get our elected representatives, those 650 members of parliament, to look beyond London to where ordinary people feel neglected and let down by consecutive UK governments. I’ve already drawn attention in previous blogs to how undemocratic the EU is however, when the Labour MP Gisela Stuart who was on the committee drafting the European constitution, explains how whenever she and her colleagues wanted to put in clauses that would make the EU more democratic, these clauses would be struck out at the last minute. Ms Stuart along with many other British MPs and MEPs know that the EU cannot be reformed from within,at least, not to any extent that it would appear to have changed. Jean Monnet, one of the EU’s founding fathers envisaged a new Europe governed by an elite group of bureaucrats unconcerned with the petty day to day concerns of the people. Not a maligned dictatorship but a dictatorship all the same. We have seen how this dictatorship works in practice ever since Greece threatened to leave the EU in 2012. Under pressure from the IMF and the World Bank, the Greeks decided to remain only to find themselves put under so much economic pressure by the EU that many now regret their decision to stay. The president of the EU, Jean Claude Juncker has taken a similar hard line against Britain and has demanded that we invoke Article 50 [ the terms on which we sever our relationship with the EU] straight away. However, whatever Juncker thinks, Britain can take its’ time over Article 50 to ensure that we leave on the most favourable terms possible. Juncker may also find that he may not be the president to whom our Prime Minister finally hands over our keys.

There is, obviously, a great deal of work involved in drawing up the terms on which Britain will leave the EU. The most pertinent question must be, what do we do about those non-British Europeans already settled in the UK? Personally, I think they should be allowed to stay if they wish to however, we may have to determine what the term “settled” actually implies. If that appears racist then I apologize as it is not meant to but someone, for example, coming to the UK simply to earn money to send back to their family in another country is not the same as a person who has managed to bring their family into the UK with the intention of settling and building a new life here. This brings up another concern I have about Britain’s membership of the EU and it’s one that I feel was a significant factor in why so many ordinary people voted to leave the EU and that is, immigration. However, my concern is not that there are too many immigrants arriving in the UK but it is the way in which they are processed. Now, I can’t say too much because I would be breaching certain laws but whilst there are no restrictions on people coming here from other EU member states, people wishing to come here from non-EU countries are subject to extremely strict quotas. It doesn’t matter whether they wish to rejoin family already settled in the UK or are able to bring much needed skills to our economy, the measures in place to bar their entry are pretty draconian. In fact, I would say from experience that someone hoping to come here from a non-EU country has around a one in five chance of being allowed entry. In my opinion, that is unfair and I believe that all applicants wishing to enter the UK should be treated the same.

To return to the referendum itself. I noticed a lot of people were surprised over the turn-out which was much more than you get at a General Election and about double what you find at local elections. My thought on that is simply, that enough people knew what they didn’t want [ more of the EU ] whereas with most political elections, feelings are fairly mixed, so much so that you find staunch [ supposedly ] Labour voters turning out to vote for their Tory candidates, or, God forbid, Lib-Dems. I certainly found that to be the case in the 2015 General Election. The Remain party despite having by far the most supporters from the upper middle-classes, the bankers, the multi-national corporations, the supranational money-men and women in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and Richard Branson failed to persuade “middle England” that they were acting in their best interests. They’d heard it all before. The little people are fed up of being treated with contempt by our own elite but they are certainly not going to take anymore from an unelected elite whose only purpose in life is to gather around a big table in Brussels and repeat the word “No” in several languages. Not now that David Cameron has given them a referendum, oh no. Cameron seriously underestimated the mood of the people and unfortunately, for him, his arrogance finally did for him. The campaign on whether to remain or leave was a ridiculous, horrible mess that did no one any favours. In my opinion, party leaders should not have shown their allegiance with either side. The role of the PM and his chancellor should have been to present to the public, exactly what steps would be taken in the event of  the UK remaining or leaving the EU. The only unknown that the British public should have had to cope with was the actual result of the referendum vote. The problem is however, that had Cameron been forthcoming with this information, would we have believed him?

The fall-out from the EU referendum has been incredible, not just the enormous chasm that has opened up between the generations but the guilt that is being levelled at those who voted to leave. I have no doubt that the EU referendum has split families and friends however, in the case of the latter, they were probably not worth having in the first place. Your children are a different matter but because you care about them more than anything in the world, they will get over it. It’s a different picture at Westminster!  I cannot think of another time in modern history when there has been such upheaval in our political parties with each day bringing even more surprises. I was astonished when Cameron resigned but I suppose that if anyone was to blame for the result, which shouldn’t be the case in a true democracy, then it was down to him. As for the Paliamentary Labour Party [PLP] – it just gets worse and worse.  Jeremy Corbyn may not be the leader they want but he’s the only one who can lead them back towards socialism where they belong. Personally, I think the PLP will quieten down once the Chillcot Report is released this week! The Tories have a much easier quest to find their new leader because, basically, they are all the same. Whoever they elect, it will be business as usual apart from having to decide on what to do about Article 50. Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, whilst not in the race to become Tory leader had this to say following Brexit,”We must recommit ourselves to a truly One Nation society where people’s life chances are no longer determined by things such as parental wealth, race, gender ….” I won’t bore you with the full speech but suffice to say that it was the same old rubbish that we are tired of hearing. The same old referral to the “One Nation Society” which in reality, i.e, as when the phrase was first used, bore no resemblance to the vision that Ms Morgan paints for us. Having said that, That was long before the EU was ever imagined and monkeys were often being mistaken for French spies, especially in the North of England. But what can you expect seeing as we are all impoverished, stupid, racist idiots up here.

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About hovisb

Retired socialworker specialising in substance misuse and mental health (Dual Diagnosis). Previously worked in management. Enjoys culture, especially music, literature and art. Animal lover.
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