I apologise in advance.
Our current Prime Minister, David Cameron, is a broken man.
Normally I would enjoy this, laughing at his political troubles. Sadly, I feel sorry for him (even though all of this is his own doing).
I actually feel a little dirty because I support him for once.
Cameron has spent a few weeks travelling around the other countries of the European Union seeking support for an agreement that will convince members of his own party – oh and the rest of the UK (the likes of me) – that we will be stronger by remaining in the European Union, rather than leaving it under the monicker of a tabloid-style banner called Brexit (short for British Exit – I wonder who thought that one up?).
David Cameron has returned having actually agreed with the other European leaders that our island will be special when it comes to the European Union and that we should stay in and be a strong influence in the European Union.
Sadly, his own (right wing) Conservative party is now split right down the middle with the Eurosceptics out in force basically telling the people that their beloved leader is trying to con the British public.
On one side of this Conservative civil war we have some of the most odious Tories bellowing in their own inimitable fashion:
“We should leave the European Union immediately! If we stay then the Fires of Hell will explode and brimstone will rain down on the UK as if Satan himself had blasted us all with his unholy flame thrower!”
On the other side of this Conservative civil war we have some of the most odious Tories bellowing in their own inimitable fashion:
“We MUST stay in the European Union forever, If we leave then the Fires of Hell will explode and brimstone will rain down on the UK as if Satan himself had blasted us all with his unholy flame thrower!”
So who should we believe?
This is like a typical British election with each side trying to scare the population into supporting them. I hate all of the most vociferous Tories – on BOTH sides.
In the “OUT” campaign we have Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson – all three of whom I would quite happily punch in the face.
|YIKES!!!!! Don't you just want to punch them??|
|I actually agree with these BOZOS!!! I still want to punch them!!|
I have actually just vomited a little in my mouth because I pictured myself supporting George Osborne and Jeremy Hunt.
Worse, we also have UKIP, the UK Independence Party, fronted by Nigel Farage, a man who is so anti-European that he married a German and hired her as his personal secretary. It’s beyond belief. Talk about hypocrisy.
|No more Germans - apart from my wife!!!|
You will hear arguments such as:
“If we leave the European Union, it will be terrible for business and there will be thousands of job losses.”
This is from the “IN” campaign – and from the "OUT" Campaign” you will hear:
“If we stay in the European Union, it will be terrible for business and there will be thousands of job losses.”
We hear the exact same argument from BOTH sides about National Security. Leaving the European Union and staying in the European Union will BOTH be catastrophic.
What the hell is the everyday British person supposed to believe?
I heard one commentator call the whole thing a pantomime and he is absolutely correct.
So who does the everyday Brit support? Do we listen to the scaremongery of David Cameron or Boris Johnson? Do we listen to so-called colleagues who were united during the last election but are now at each other’s throats over this?
Well I’ve made up my mind, as I said above,and I think we should stay in the European Union. From what I hear from real people on the subject, the "OUT" brigade are basically citing immigration and freedom of movement as the reason to leave.
All of the opposition parties support staying in the European Union and the further right you get, and the more xenophobic these people become (and yes I am talking about you, Nigel Farage, and your little Englander party of xenophobes).
This is the nasty undercurrent that the "OUT" brigade have to deal with.
Of course, most will say “It’s not that we’re scared of Europeans – it’s just …”.
I’m not saying that all those supporting the "OUT" campaign feel like this but I’ve heard a lot of people voicing this opinion as the reason to leave.
Personally, I am the complete opposite of xenophobic. I love the diversity of humanity, the amazing cultures that exist worldwide. I love Europe and I would love to spend a large portion of my retirement in the south of France, Spain or Italy.
Maybe I will; maybe I won’t. But I do know that if we leave the European Union such dreams will be harder to achieve.
I just hope that the campaign of fear over the next few months is replaced by a more realistic explanation of the pros and cons of the EU, without resorting to xenophobia.
I can dream, can’t I?