Those who dared to vote for Brexit (I admit I did so) now seem to be the focus of a backlash. Who’d have thought that could happen? Apparently, old gits like me (strangely enough, my twitter name is Mike Old Git Hodges) have stolen the futures of the young whingers, sorry I mean young voters and young people in general, by voting for Brexit. Apparently I voted for Brexit because: I am senile. I am a racist. I am ignorant. I am old (49 years old, bald, wrinkly, ugly and terminally uncool). The fact that I made my decision based on a wide variety of factors including my own research, life experience and weighing up the pros and cons doesn’t come[…]
(My apologies for using the title of an American film about the aftermath of a nuclear attack but it does seem appropriate.) So the UK voted to leave the EU and the world freaked out. The financial markets have bounced like a rubber ball. The Pound has suffered a pounding (sorry, I couldn’t resist that) and David Cameron has fallen upon his sword. The Labour Party, possibly inspired by recent events, is preparing to call its own referendum on leaving Jeremy Corbyn. Truly, we are living through interesting times. But does all this fallout from the referendum result mean that the world is ending? No. I can assure you that civilisation isn’t about to fall. No matter what you might[…]
I’ve noticed that a lot of Remainers have used the idea that the EU, or its ancestors, has been responsible for a lack of European conflict since World War II. Now call me old fashioned but I was under the impression that Europe, okay Western Europe, has been kept conflict free due to the actions and existence of NATO rather than the European Coal and Steel Community, or the European Economic Community or even the EU itself. After World War II Germany was partitioned and shared out like a birthday cake – although one that had been bombed to bits and left in ruins. Part of that partitioning included the presence of military forces from the UK, France and the USA (God[…]
After long consideration I have decided to vote for Brexit in tomorrow’s EU Referendum. There a number of reasons for this but my main one is related to how the EU works. Basically, Germany and France (France being the junior partner) run the EU and the rest of the member states are a bunch of johnny-come-latelies. Why do I think this? 1. Mama Merkel and her open arms approach to refugees. Merkel basically invited the world and its dog to head for Germany. She did this without, as far as I can tell, consulting with her own political leaders, the EU or the heads of the EU member states. She precipitated a immigrant crisis that no country in Europe is[…]
Nobody really knows how Thursday’s EU referendum vote will turn out (I especially don’t trust the polls after the hash they made of the last general election.) so I wouldn’t dare to make a prediction myself. We’ve had lots of predictions about what will happen if we hapless peons vote for Brexit but little about what will happen if we vote for Remain. Again, I don’t know what will happen either but there’s one thing I’d say about the fallout from a Remain result. If we, the British people, vote to Remain in the EU then we have to start taking our membership much more seriously. We need to keep a close eye on what our MEPs are doing, saying[…]
I was feeling all poetic….
…..is for the UK to leave. Sounds crazy? Perhaps. But I have noticed that much of the Remain campaigning seems designed to upset and annoy rather than encourage waverers to vote for the UK to continue as a member of the EU. Just look at what the Eurocrats, political leaders and even the IMF have been saying: If we dare to leave the EU then our economy will die, World War III might result, Western Civilisation might collapse overnight, the EU might disintegrate (I actually believe that “threat”), the UK will become a political and economic backwater and we will be placed at the end of the line when it comes to trade deals etc. In addition, various EU types[…]