EU Referendum Result – You selfish Brexit cretins

Liberals are often spoken of as being nice people, indeed I have had it said to me numerous times but this Liberal does not feel nice at present indeed he fancies being offensive!

The EU ‘out’ vote was probably the greatest ever act of selfish behaviour in living memory by the older generations of UK voters. It was often said during the campaign that older folk would not have to live with the consequences of Brexit so those older generations, in general, said that’s fine with us – bugger the young folk, we don’t care!

It you don’t believe me look at this graphic:-

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Talk about leaving a pile of crap for the up and coming generations but doing it deliberately; that’s really crapping on the young!

The cretinous Brexiters were had by right wing nutters and the right wing press and we are all now going to have to live with the stupid decision they took. But its the young in particular who will have every reason to despise the selfishness of many of their elders.

We all knew that ‘Kippers and mad right wing Tories were going to vote for Brexit but what on earth was going on with Labour voters? Many of those who call themselves working class Labour were in the polling booth voting with and for the barmy right! They were voting to reduce workers rights, to push our economy on a downwards spiral (which the poor always suffer the most from) and thought they were freeing themselves from tyranny! In reality they were voting for more austerity, less rights, poorer job prospects and Boris! Labour completely failed to engage with its white, working class voters again so they followed the nonsense the Daily Mail, The Scum etc. fed to them.

Angry, you bet I am. Rude and insulting well I hope so because those who wanted to jump off the cliff are taking the rest of us with them. I am reminded of the title of a Michael Moore book – Stupid White Men …. and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation.. It may well have been written about America in 2001 but 15 years on it seems more about the UK.

The Independent is no more – Should we be concerned about its demise as a printed newspaper?

A bought a copy of the very last edition of the Independent newspaper yesterday as a little bit of history has been made with the passing of the print edition.

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I don’t usually buy newspapers but when I have done it has usually been the Independent.

Most people buy newspapers that reinforce their own strongly held prejudices. Hence the Daily Mail is so popular even with people who claim to be left wing. I can’t get my head around that but I am drawn back to a telling remark made to me by a young Labour Party member back in the 1980’s. He said quite chillingly that you would find more racists in the Labour Party than in the Tory Party, or words to that effect.

My point is that many people who vote Labour do so because they see Labour as being their tribe not because they have left wing views. Indeed Labour’s dilemma is that they often look right wing and act right wing because their support base is partly right wing and and they read the Daily Mail, Express etc.

But I digress the demise of the Independent is a worry because it means that the printed press automatically becomes even more right wing as another paper which is radical, progressive and left of centre has gone.

When I walked into a local newspaper shop yesterday two things struck me. Firstly, the huge piles of Daily Mails. There must have been 10 times the number of any other newspaper on sale. Secondly, the age profile of those buying newspapers – I watched for a while and saw no one under say 55 buying one.

I also mused on the fact that in the Sefton Central Constituency where I live the middle class voters have returned a Labour MP with a massive majority whilst at the same time many of them are reading a diet of the right wing Mail and Express! Funny old world.

An avenue for the expression reasonable/rational/open minded debate was closed off yesterday by the demise of the printed Independent but it died because virtually no one under 55 buys a newspaper these days and those that do, mainly the over 55’s, want their prejudices fed not free thinking informed and open minded debate. So yes a sad day but not a surprising one.

Liberalism – What’s it like being a Liberal?

This short piece on Liberalism was prompted by a question from an acquaintance who asked me this very question:-

Liberals by their very nature are people with inquiring minds who want to know as many facts as possible about whatever it is we are considering.

You will rarely see a Liberal reading say the Daily Mail or Daily Mirror because they are little more than propaganda sheets to us. We don’t like our news filtered, we want clear information (not biased opinions) so that we can make up our own minds as free thinking individuals. We try not to jump to conclusions without the necessary information to form a reasonable view.

Liberals are environmentalists by instinct; we are seekers out of corruption, fighters against vested interests and are invariably suspicious of those in authority.

We know that global warming is probably the greatest threat that mankind has ever faced and if we don’t seriously tackle our wasteful ways and our unclean energy use future generations will be left to pick up the mess that we have selfishly left them.

We believe in electoral reform because it will lead to better and more representative government and the devolution of power from Whitehall so to empower people and communities.

We believe in co-operatives and mutual companies and worker participation in running companies.

We understand that a decent welfare system has to help those in need and that the NHS needs to be properly funded.

Many of us will be pro-abortion – supporting a woman’s right to choose, pro-right to die – supporting the right to decide how and when your own life should end.

Many Liberals will be involved in opposing nuclear weapons, objecting to the selling of any weapons to counties that do not respect human rights and we will often be peace activists looking for diplomatic solutions to conflict.

We are internationalist in our outlook because we realise that being inward looking nationalists is the road to ruin not the route to prosperity. Of course we are pro-Europe but we do want the institutions of the EU fundamentally overhauled to make them more representative of the peoples of Europe.

Being a Liberal is fundamentally about freedom to choose so long as the choices we make do not knowingly have an adverse impact on others or the environment that supports us all.