Freedom!

What a glorious day for the UK!

After a long and bitter fight with far too much unnecessary nastiness, the UK finally voted to walk away from the dead weight of the slowest growing regional economy in the world that was set on a path to inevitable destruction. In doing so, we will certainly now be followed by some other EU countries. Across all the EU, many people did not want to be forced into a United States of Europe, many don’t even want to be part of the EU at all. Now most will be able to demand the choice in their countries too, and some at least will follow. They will likely negotiate free trade deals with one another, without the baggage of political union.

A much smaller EU will be forced to either disband, or reform into a simpler free trade group, and won’t be able to dictate terms to the countries that have left.

After much turbulence and quite a few years, today’s EU will have reformed into a simple free trade block, or possibly three. Northern EU countries don’t share the same values as southern ones, and the new Eastern members may join together or join a North or South European trade block.

Freedom generates better quality of life, enterprise, wealth, and short term financial turbulence is just that, short term. When we emerge, and it will take time, we can all have a better future.

However, the bitterness we saw in this campaign, the lies, fear-mongering, and most of all the offensive name calling will not go away quickly. A lot of damage has been done and resentment built up. We wake to a country facing fantastic new opportunity and freedom, but a country divided. We must now take great care to diffuse that, to restore our traditions of living peacefully and amicably alongside others with whom we disagree. There will likely be more squabbling, there will be demonstrations, more name calling, maybe even some riots as some protest, throws blame, accusations, and stones. That needs good leadership, so it is essential that Cameron and Osborne at the very least are replaced.

Britain has some fine politicians, and some less fine. The campaign has shown clearly which are which. Some MPs on both sides of the campaign and across all parties showed their leadership ability. Some did so while maintaining proper respect for others, always acting with dignity, offering vision and sense, while others offered little more than threats and abuse. With the right leaders in charge, unity can be restored.

It is a different world today. The ripples from this referendum will transform politics across the EU and even the USA. I am excited. We know now that we will be free to do as we will, to run our country as we decide. Division is a very real problem but it can be repaired by good leadership, and together we can make the future genuinely better, not just for the UK, but for the rest of the EU, Norway and Switzerland.

Half the population didn’t get what they wanted, but the right decision was made and they will still reap the benefits even if they didn’t predict them. Provided of course that they accept the new situation positively and we can all work together again.

We can do that. This morning, the short term forecast is for unsettled weather, but the long term future looks great for everyone.

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4 responses to “Freedom!

  1. Certainly interesting, Ian! Do you have comments on Scotland’s 62-38 wish to stay in the EU (greater than their wish to stay in the UK, I think)? Or on the possibility of using a restructuring of the UK to allow Irish reunification? Or on the possibility of a new EFTA, especially if the Netherlands, Denmark, or others also exit? I don’t think this story is finished by any means!

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    • Certainly not over. I really don’t understand why Scotland is so much more remainy, but I think the shouting about leaving UK will blow over. Scotland can’t afford to leave UK and oil price won’t recover, and they are not stupid enough to vote for extreme poverty. NI does have a tribal split with a small majority of Brit descent and rest Irish. When religion was more significant and EU less so, United Ireland was big source of conflict for protestany population. Now there is less religion and not much difference in views, it is possible that it might get more people in favour, but it would still cause a lot of resentment in many of the rest, so I think it would be unwise to go that way. New EFTA is inevitable, just a matter of time, but I suspect 3 blocks due to cultural differences. We have a lot in common with north countries + germany, less with south and france, east will divide between two or form new third block. Older remains will accept and make best of situation. The moaning will take a long time to stop from the young remainers. It was their first experience of democracy and it didn’t go their way so they’re trying to blame obviously stupid racist bigot selfish ignorant older generation. I was delighted as a young teen when we joined common market but 40 years on, I realise why current EU isn’t working. Wisdom takes time to accumulate, and indeed some never do, but when you’re young, it’s easy to dismiss as stupidity and old-fashioned attitudes. They’ll moan for years and won’t apologise when they finally realise they’re far better off. Such is youth.

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  2. Dave Key-Pugh
    24 June at 11:46 ·

    Well, the people of Britain have spoken and 17 million of you have decided to react as so many of our politicians do nowadays – by answering a completely different question.

    “Should we leave the EU?”

    “Wait a minute, wait a minute. Let me speak.”

    “We are. We’re asking should we leave the EU?”

    “I want 1952 back.”
    “We don’t have a time machine. Watch some Downton Abbey. Should we leave the EU?”

    “Why are public services at breaking point?”
    “You voted in the Tories (blue and yellow) in the last two elections. You asked for austerity. They told you they were going to rip up the social contract, transfer spending from the poor, sick and needy and give the cash to the rich. You said yes, please. Twice. Now, should we leave the EU?”

    “But the NHS is broke and I can’t afford a house.”
    “Stop voting in general elections based on who eats a bacon sandwich better. Should we leave the EU?”

    ” I have serious concerns about democracy and accountability.”
    “God save the Queen! But a system which rejected PR, has an unelected head of state and a second legislative chamber packed with hereditary aristocrats, religious leaders and cronies of past governments where politicians go when we vote them out or they resign in disgrace and doesn’t even specify how many members it should have – that’s just dandy? However, back to the subject, should we leave the EU?”

    “I have serious and unprejudiced concerns over immigration.”
    “No you don’t. Should we leave the EU?”

    “No, honestly, I do.”

    “No. You don’t. Look at the results. The areas with higher levels of immigrant population voted to stay and the areas that voted to leave most strongly have barely seen immigration since the Saxons and Vikings. Should we leave the EU?”

    “You liberal elites can sneer and smear as much as you like. We can’t sustain this level of immigration.”

    “Which is linked to the free trade area not the EU. Also, see global inequality, neo-liberslism, the rise of the corporation over the nation state…. oh and stop bombing places sandier than you and wondering why people want to live somewhere that isn’t still on fire. Should we leave the EU?”

    “But they’re taking our jobs!”
    “No. Many of our infrastructures and services are reliant on ‘them’ – or qualified, skilled workers. Take your pick over terminology. Personally, I’d prefer an experienced NHS Anaesthetist in Lech from Budapest than waiting another six months for my emergency op because only Steve from Basildon is left. But we’re off topic again. Should we leave the EU?”

    “Fine. I don’t want to see so many non-white faces around me. I’m scared and I don’t understand.”
    “Do you think Syria, Iraq and Foreignistan are in Europe? Just how Muslim do you believe Poland to be? Sorry, got sidetracked. Should we leave the EU?”

    “I just hate David Cameron and want him gone.”
    “Job done. But… you do know he was stepping down at the next election anyway? He’s a multi-millionaire who never needs to work again and was wanting to retire. Way to stick it to the man! Should we leave the EU?”

    “Revolution, man, that’s two fingers up to the establishment. Burn, baby, burn!”
    “You think Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are anti-establishment revolutionaries? Wow. Back on planet Earth, should we leave the EU?”

    “I want all that money back. Let’s spend £350 million a week on the NHS.”
    “Yeah. It took Nigel Farage less than three hours this morning to admit what everyone who can count knew weeks ago – that that figure was a lie and there’s no windfall heading the NHS’s way. What about the £128 billion wiped out overnight by this vote? Anyway, should we leave the EU?”

    “I don’t know. I just want this to be over.”
    “It’s only just begun…”

    “I want my country back!”
    “So do we. We just have different memories of what that country stood for….”

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