Brexit – The best resposte I have seen

The words below are those of a Jonathan Walker – I don’t know him but he has given permission for them to be quoted. A spot on reposte to the utter madness of Brexit….

I won’t sit back and allow mine and my family’s European citizenship to be stripped away from us without our consent after a non-binding plebiscite that was won by harnessing xenophobia on an industrial scale and lying about EU budgets and how they could be spent on the NHS. People saying ‘just move on’ simply haven’t understood the profound cultural, economic, political and social consequences of Brexit. This is the most serious constitutional crisis since 1945. The decisions that are being made now will affect us for generations. No, I will not just ‘move on’, or stop posting about it. Given that we lack an effectively Parliamentary voice at the moment because Labour is led by a Eurosceptic and has turned in on itself this summer, it is more important than ever that those of us who value the European ideal do not abandon it, and seek to hold the government and Vote Leave to account. This is OUR future at stake.

Bexit – May is facing all kinds of difficulties – Makes you wonder if it will actually happen

www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-08/brexit-red-lines-drafted-by-eu-27-as-u-k-prepares-its-strategy?cmpid=GP.Markets

This is an interesting read – see link above – and it shows how Prime Minister May has been put in a big hole with a spade to help her dig it deeper. In reality she has no way out of the hole of course and it may well finish her in the fullness of time.

My thanks to Roy Connell for spotting this story.

Brexit worries are getting deeper

www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-manufacturing-falls-even-faster-than-thought-in-wake-of-vote-a7165911.html

The link above is to an article on the Independent web site which is well worth reading and it seems to indicate that we are potentially heading back into recession.

‘Manufacturing activity fell even more rapidly in the wake of the Brexit vote than first expected, according to the latest much-watched survey snapshot of the sector.’

Is Brexit really to blame? Probably. Do Brexiters care? Some of them clearly don’t as they voted on a ‘bugger the consequences’ basis as I pointed out in my last posting about the EU referendum a few of days ago. A link to that posting is available below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/08/02/brexit-why-did-it-happen-and-will-it-hasten-pr/

My thanks to Roy Connell for spotting this story.

Brexit – Why did it happen and will it hasten PR?

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07mj400/britains-vote-in-the-eu-referendum

I am grateful to my friend Bob for pointing me in the direction of the link above on BBC I Player, which is in the form of a series presentations from knowledgeable people who have tried to understand why people voted the way they did in the recent referendum.

The first speaker to my mind makes some cutting and accurate remarks about how Blair took power away from working people and thereby created the vacuum for UKIP to move into.

The video is quite long but it is worth sticking with it so that all the shades of opinion can be taken on board.

Where it leaves us to my mind and indeed to that of Bob is that we desperately need an electoral system where every vote actually counts as opposed to the present one where in many constituencies it simply does not.

In the recent referendum folks voted in reasonably large numbers because they knew their vote was of equal value to that of other voters. They also voted to bloody the nose of the establishment that had disenfranchised them on an almost bugger the consequences basis.

Obviously as a ‘Remainer’ I feel the result was one hell of an own goal for the UK and that the dire consequences will take years to unfold. But at least I am getting a clear view as to why the electorate took what at face value was an irrational decision with such worrying consequences.

Brexit – A wish for the death penalty and harking back to the past?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36803544

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

This is interesting and it fits with my thoughts as I have tried to get my head around why many folks voted for Brexit. This particular quote from the piece is telling about Brexit voters:-

“They tended to value things like order, stability and safety against things like openness, modernity and other social-liberal values that were more popular among Remain voters. Often it’s about harking back to the past – sometimes a feeling that they don’t belong to the present.”

I had thought that wanting to almost go back in time, as their rose tinted spectacles were saying to them it was better in the old days, was a factor but the link to capital punishment is chilling indeed.

I suppose Cameron exposed, in his ill judged referendum, that we are now two very different sets of people in the UK and frankly you can’t see much possibility of reconciliation between the two opposing views. It may, to use a Northern Ireland type analogy, have to wait until there are less of us living in the past and more living for the present and future for the situation to be overturned. I hope I live to see that day.

PS. I am often accused of living in the past due to my love of steam locomotives and 1970’s soul music but, even though I clearly have my own pair of rose tinted spectacles, I was in no way persuaded to vote for Brexit.