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General Election

Don’t panic, this isn’t going to be a boring post about politics but we’re having an Election here in the UK today and I’ve been a bit perplexed by people’s behaviour in the lead-up.  I’m not making any judgements just voicing observations, because I often find people’s behaviour bewildering and I’m sure I’m not alone in that!

For those of my readers who live abroad, the Conservatives (Republican equivalent) won the last Election by a huge majority and Labour (Democrat equivalent) supporters are determined to not let that happen again.  My Facebook feed has been chocka full of Labour supporters posting how the Tories (Conservatives/Republicans) have decimated the country and how Labour will put it back together.  Seriously, every other post is slagging off the Tories and bigging up Labour to the point where I’ve had to unfollow some of my friends because they were doing my head in.  They feel like the Jehovah’s Witnesses of the political world and I don’t answer the door to them either 😉

My Tory friends (and I know they’re out there!) don’t say a word.  They didn’t in the last Election either, but someone was voting Conservative because they won with a landslide.

I’ve had to stop posting anything about politics on Facebook because there are 3 or 4 of my friends who feel the need to comment on everything I say.  I wouldn’t care but I’ve actually voted Labour my entire adult life but even so they still try to ram their message home – WTF is that all about, they’re preaching to the bloody converted!  The difference is that I know the Labour party has its weaknesses just like the Tories have their weaknesses – god forbid I should voice any of them though because these few friends then feel the need to defend them.  It feels both hugely patronizing (like I have no grasp of the issue even though I have A levels in both Politics and Economics) and a bit like I’m being bullied.  No wonder Tory voters don’t say a word on Facebook because they would be pilloried 😦

I wonder if the Labour supporters know how intimidating their behaviour is?  Do they have an objective when posting all this stuff online and if so what is it?  To convert intelligent, grown adults into their way of thinking – how patronizing is that?  To tell non-Labour voters they are wrong and to do the right thing – “right” in whose world?’  What gives them the right to force their opinions on others?  Why can’t they just do what Tory voters do and put their X on the ballot paper without a fuss?

Most normal thinking grown-ups aren’t going to be swayed into voting one way or the other by something one of their mates has written on Facebook.  If I was undecided I would read each Party’s Manifesto to see what their actual policies are.  I would then read some articles by well-informed, independent political commentators to see what they make of the issues.  I’d then look at my own personal circumstances and make a choice from a combination of all these things.

As it is, for the first time in my life I am not voting.  I can’t, in all conscience, vote Tory because they actually are decimating our NHS, education, welfare and care systems and don’t give a toss about the vulnerable in society.  On the other hand, if Labour win I would actually be petrified for the Brexit negotiations – Jeremy Corbyn can’t even decide on domestic policies without changing his mind like the wind and being bullied by his own party members, so the thought of him negotiating our country’s future with the likes of Germany’s Angela Merkel terrifies me.  For the first time in 57 years of voting my Mum has voted Tory this time.  Her reasons are Brexit.  As she says, the Brexit negotiations will affect our country forever, whereas the Election is only for the next 4 years when she can then vote Labour again and get rid of the Conservatives.

It’s great when people are engaged and passionate about politics.  It’s not great when they intimidate, don’t allow any opinion but their own to be voiced, challenge, cajole and generally act like a bully in a school playground.  Young adults are especially vulnerable to this type of behaviour and, while it’s wonderful to see younger people taking part in politics, we need to be careful to provide both sides of the argument then let them decide their own path.

If I wake tomorrow morning and Labour have been victorious I will be truly worried.  If I wake tomorrow morning and the Conservatives have been victorious I will be worried for very different reasons.  It’s a loose/loose as far as I’m concerned.

Scottish Independence

There are times I feel like the world is going mad.  This week has been such a week, with the soul destroying (IMHO) new EDS diagnostic criteria and Nicola Sturgeon calling for a 2nd Referendum on Scottish Independence less than 3 years after the first one.  I live just 30 miles from the Scottish border and travel regularly into Scotland.  My best mate’s husband works in Scotland yet lives in England and I know farmers who live one side of the border yet whose land crosses onto the other.   None of us want another Referendum and I haven’t spoken to anyone yet who does.  I couldn’t care less whether Scotland is its own country or stays as part of the UK – it has little bearing on me personally apart from theoretically having to produce my passport when I go up the M6 – but the timing of this current announcement sucks for all concerned.

Nicola Sturgeon has dreamed of an independent Scotland since she was 15 years old.  This is a personal crusade to her and her political raison d’être.  She is obsessed, and her pushing for a 2nd referendum has nothing to do with what’s best for Scotland – I hope the Scottish people realize this, even if they are pro-independence.  The choice appears to be to leave a 400 year union with the 5th richest nation in the world to join a 40 year union which contains two essentially bankrupt countries.  Alrighty-then.

The excuse for wanting a second referendum (and it is an excuse) is that during the EU Referendum Scotland voted to remain in Europe.  So did London, but it doesn’t mean London should become its own country (even though at times it acts like one!).  Democracy means accepting the will of the majority, even if you don’t like it.  You can’t have a second go just cos you didn’t like the result of the first – it’s not best of three.  That aside, if Scotland left the UK tomorrow it would not be entitled to simply remain in the EU anyway – it doesn’t work like that.  It first has to extricate itself from the UK, which could take a decade.  Then as a newly independent country it has to apply to become a member of the EU, which could take at least another 4 years even if Scotland is ‘fast tracked’ (this has been confirmed many times by EU leaders).  So what the current rush is about I have no idea.

Being a member of the EU depends on strict criteria, one of which is being part of NATO.  If Scotland became independent tomorrow they would not be a NATO member, as it’s the UK who belong to NATO and Scotland would not be in the UK.

In addition, there needs to be particular fiscal policies in place.  The budget deficit needs to be 3% of GDP and, with the current plummeting of oil prices, Scotland’s deficit currently stands at an estimated 8% of GDP.  Scotland wants to break away from the UK yet retain the £ and the services of the Bank of England.  Talk about wanting your cake and eating it!  The fact that Sturgeon has made life soooo difficult for the UK Government during its Brexit strategy by calling for this 2nd referendum will probably mean that Theresa May is going to tell her to get knotted over the currency issue, which leaves an independent Scotland without any form of cash.  They won’t be a member of the EU for some years, so can’t use the Euro, and will no longer have the Pound.  Good luck with that.

There are also some issues which don’t make the headlines but which are, nevertheless, really important for Scotland to consider.  There’s the small matter of debt.  Even if it gains independence, Scotland will have to repay its share of the UK’s £1.7trillion debt.  If it joins the EU it also takes on European debt caused by the bail-out of Greece and Ireland.  The UK has over 60 million people, all paying taxes – it can afford this level of debt.  Scotland has only 5 million people and a much smaller pot to pinch from.  And speaking of taxes, for every £100 raised in taxes in Scotland it spends £127 and can only do this because the shortfall is made up from UK coffers, which of course wouldn’t happen if they left the UK.  In order to bring down spending an independent Scotland would have to make some radical decisions, eg abolishing free University tuition and prescription fees.  In other words they would have to enter a new phase of austerity.

It appears some Scottish voters think that if they vote for independence they will immediately be independent and nothing is further from the truth.  It will take years to negotiate terms and to sever ties from the UK, by which time we will have left the EU and the world will look very different.  If I were Scotland I’d want to see how this played out before deciding the future of my country.  Independence is not the rich and free Utiopia portrayed by Sturgeon – I just hope the ordinary people of Scotland realize this when making their choice.  I hope for their sakes they do some reading up and not just from the side they favour.  I hope they look at independent sources of information and both sides of the argument.  It’s a massive decision and one which they can’t take back if it goes belly up.  Yes this post looks at the negatives of leaving the UK and not the positives (I’m sure there are some, I just can’t find them!) but that’s because Sturgeon only mentions the good bits and does it with such passion and fervour it’s hard to see past the rehetoric.  But see past it Scotland must, because no matter how flat you make a pancake it has two sides – the top might look perfect but when you flip it the underside could be burnt and inedible.

Hypocrisy

I think I must be hormonal because I’m feeling a bit arsy.  Because of that this post may seem controversial but I’m going to write it anyway on account of the fact it’s my blog and I can write what I like 😉

There is a lot of castigation of Trump going on but I admit I’m finding it all rather confusing.  It’s not Trump’s fault he was elected – he couldn’t have been elected unless someone voted for him.  Unless millions of people voted for him.  So I’ve got to be honest – I’m not entirely sure why we’re all berating him.  Do the protests include his entire team?  Those who helped him to stand for election and those who make up his government, because he can’t run a country on his own?  Hitler would have been pretty useless without Himmler, Goebbels, Heydrich, Frick, Goering and Eichmann and Trump would never have reached the Oval Office without the financial and political backing of some very influential allies.  It seems we need one scapegoat and Trump is it but we have to bear in mind that no man is an island and you don’t get to be President on your own.

There are so many vile regimes in the word I’m not entirely sure why we’re solely focusing on Trump.  6 million people died and 2 million people were displaced in the Great African War between 1998 and 2003 – it was the deadliest conflict since World War II yet there was not a single protest about it in the West.  In fact, I’m sure most of us have never heard of the Congo or the fact that 48 women were raped there every hour.  Where was our outrage then and where is it now they are again on the brink of civil war?   Where are our women’s marches  standing in solidarity with our sisters in Africa?  Nowhere to be fucking seen, that’s where.

The situation in Gaza is beyond words, and has been absolutely sickening for decades.  Palestinians are under military occupation, living in a Ghetto no different to the Jews in Germany during the 2nd World War, imprisoned, starved, killed.  Where are our protests about that?  Apparently placing temporary restrictions on travel into America and wanting to leave the EU is not fine, but routinely breaking the arms of children or imprisoning them or starving them is OK.

And while we’re all currently up in arms about the situation in America where the hell have we all been since 2011 during which time 250,000 people in Syria have been killed and another 11 million (11 MILLION!) have been displaced?  Where has our outrage been against the inhumane way migrants have been treated in Calais for the past 17 years – where is our castigation of the French President?  Or the fact asylum seekers in Australia are placed in detention camps like criminals?

I’m baffled as to why some acts of evil are “nothing to do with me guv” and other, arguably much less serious issues, are worth standing up for.

I probably shouldn’t mix politics with religion, but I’m going to anyway.  Religion confuses the hell out of me.  The Church of England has recently voted that their stance banning marriage in Church by same sex couples should stand.  Their reason being “the bishops have upheld the authority of scripture against the impact of cultural change”, in other words the word of the Bible is law and should not be deviated against.  OK, I get that.  So in Leviticus 15:19-33 when it says that a woman is unclean for 7 days during her period and in order to become clean should “on the eighth day bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the Priest at the entrance to the Tabernacle” we should still be doing that?  When the Bible tells us that women who “fornicate” should be stoned to death (not the man who either paid her for sex or raped her, they get off scot free because, well, men have their needs don’t they?) that’s what we should still be doing?  Some argue that the Christian church follows the New Testament not the Old Testament, however the New Testament “bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect…” Titus 2:4-9, so does that mean Christians disagree with the abolition of slavery?

We seem to be very choosy about the things we deem to be ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and which of our principles are worth standing up for and which are not.  I must admit I find the world confusing and I’m more than a bit baffled by our hypocrisy and the way in which we justify our views and our actions.

Intention

“Intention” – implies having a goal or determination to achieve something.

The older I get the more I live my life with intent.  I don’t just wander aimlessly through the days, doing the laundry, walking the dog, doing my parents’ shopping.  Life is too precious for that.  It’s too precious for me to be bored, or scared, or angry although there are times when I am all of these things (well, actually, not so much bored cos I’m too busy!).  But when you live with intention, with purpose, you realize very quickly that being bored, frustrated or angry isn’t providing you with the life you want or need and it’s amazing how knowing that changes your behaviour or viewpoint.

When I write blog posts I think about the intention of my words.  Am I just venting (which is allowed and often needed!)?  Am I trying to be informative?  Am I standing up for my principles?  Am I sharing a life lesson so that others may hopefully benefit or empathize or not feel so alone?  Am I being deliberately hurtful (and, yes, I sometimes am) and what is my purpose for hurting the other person – what do I hope to achieve by it?

I’m on social media, but I only ever comment on other people’s posts to say something positive.  If they have a viewpoint which is different to mine they are entitled to it, even my cousin who belongs to the British National Party and whose views I find utterly disgusting.  If I were to disagree with him my intention would be to change his viewpoint and substitute it with mine.  People become members of the BNP or KKK for very complex, deep-rooted and fearful reasons and me saying “you’re morally wrong and I’m morally right” isn’t going to make them any less fearful.  I know he is otherwise a decent, hard working human being and a much loved Husband, Dad and new Grand-dad, so in his mind there must be very valid reasons for his extremist views.  Maybe I’d do better to listen to those reasons instead of judging them.

I’m really struggling with the Trump situation at the moment.  I find his policies, for the most part, repugnant but at the same time he is a democratically elected President.  American citizens knew exactly who and what they were voting for and did it anyway, so I am torn between respecting their choice and my own opposing views.  Both women and black people voted for him in their tens of thousands, despite his misogynistic and racist views, so they must have felt a compelling need to do so.  If I were to protest in the street what would my intention be?  To oust him from office, thereby destroying the democratic process?  To get him to change his policies, even though his policies were the reason he was elected?  To impose my view over that of millions of other people because I don’t agree with them?  Or simply to have my say so that the world knows I’m unhappy.

France has been treating its immigrant population at Calais appallingly for years and years, not providing shelter, medical treatment, or caring if these people live or die.  They were the first country to impose a ban on the Burka, which has now been followed by Austria, thereby making people’s religious freedoms illegal.  There is a worrying rise of fascism in Europe yet some Brits (particularly Scotland) are fighting tooth and nail to remain part of the EU and trade with France, while castigating America for their choices.  It makes no sense to me that people are outing Trump as a vile leader, when Hollande has actively threatened to “punish” Britain for leaving the EU which would mean hurting thousands of old people, sick people, children, babies and everyone else in the UK via trade and financial sanctions merely for choosing to leave his gang – apparently some Brits think treating immigrants appallingly and threatening harm to innocent citizens is OK by some leaders just not by others.

Much of the anti-Trump sentiment in the UK is mired in the anti-Brexit sentiment – both are, on the surface, about immigration but are really much much deeper.  It’s fine for someone living in London, who as a collective city voted to Remain in the EU, to call all Brexiteers racist because the Capital is rich, with excellent telecommunications, roads, infrastructure and low unemployment.  I wonder how these same people would feel if they lived in the north, with its boarded up houses, high unemployment, lack of rail network, appalling roads and terrible isolating internet access?  How would you feel then knowing that 100 immigrants were being sent to your city when growth is going backwards and resources are non-existent?  Immigration isn’t about not wanting “foreigners” in your country.  It’s about losing everything you’ve ever known – your livelihood shared with your Dad and your Dad’s Dad; your home; your community and your working men’s club where you met all your mates on a Friday night for a pint being replaced by a Mosque.  The arrogance with which people make assumptions about other people’s views astounds me, when they haven’t tried for a second to walk in the other person’s shoes.  How can a career woman in Washington know what it’s like to be male and unemployed in Illinois?

So should we never speak out?  Should we not give our views?  Protest against Trump?  Have I just not “woken up” to my world?  I guess it all depends on my intention for speaking out or protesting.  What do I hope to achieve?  Would I be having my voice heard at the expense of millions of other people whose lives are different to mine and who share different concerns to me?  I don’t know.  I’m not arrogant enough to assume I have any answers.

All I can do is live my own life with intent.  Respecting other people’s lives, values and views, even if they differ to my own.  Looking below the surface and seeing the wider picture.  Keeping a watchful eye on my own words and actions and the intention behind them.  Maybe if we all did that, maybe if we all listened more and judged less, we wouldn’t be in the pickle we’re currently in.

Presidential election result

I think most Brits are as confused by Trump’s success as the rest of the world were about our decision to leave the EU.  We find it astounding that one of the most powerful countries in the world would choose a bigoted, misogynistic, racist, sex offender as their Leader.  However, as with Brexit, the people have spoken and must be listened to.  To those who supported Trump there are very valid reasons for their choice.

The world always looks on in jaw dropping amazement when a controversial figure is appointed to lead a country, but it happens with regularity and the reasons are often similar.  No-one could understand the rise in popularity of the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930s, but to middle class Germans there were valid reasons why Hitler appealed.  The following list is taken from the BBC website:

Reasons why Hitler rose to power

  1. Hitler was a great speaker, with the power to make people support him.
    Trump is also a powerful and persuasive orator.
  2. The moderate political parties would not work together, although together they had more support than the Nazis.
    Whilst this doesn’t apply in America, the opposition to Trump in the form of Hilary Clinton was weak.  Her husband had been impeached whilst President and was a serial philanderer, whilst Hilary had been investigated by the FBI.
  3. The depression of 1929 created poverty and unemployment, which made people angry with the Weimar government. People lost confidence in the democratic system and turned towards the extremist political parties such as the Communists and Nazis during the depression.
    The fall-out from the stock market crash of 2008 is globally still being felt, with many countries still operating under a measure of Austerity.  We’ve all had enough of being skint, of cuts in public services and of the rich seemingly getting richer at the expense of the poor.
  4. The Nazi storm troopers attacked Hitler’s opponents.
    No-one has been more attacked in a Presidential campaign than Hilary Clinton was by team Trump.
  5. Goebbels’ propaganda campaign was very effective and it won support for the Nazis. The Nazis targeted specific groups of society with different slogans and policies to win their support.
    Trump fed on people’s fears following 9/11 and the Stock Market crash by negatively targeting Muslims and immigrants.
  6. Hitler was given power in a seedy political deal by Hindenburg and Papen who foolishly thought they could control him.
  7. German people were still angry about the Treaty of Versailles and supported Hitler because he promised to overturn it.
    Americans are still angry about 9/11 and Trump promises to annihilate ISIS and wanted to ban Muslims from entering the country.
  8. Industrialists gave Hitler money and support.
    Trump has some very powerful business allies.

Before anyone blows a gasket I’m not comparing Trump to Hitler.  I’m comparing the process by which controversial figures rise to political power and they’re usually similar regardless of the figure or the country.  There has often been an economic downturn, with either high inflation or high unemployment, plus cuts in public funding.  There has often been war or attack.  The politician involved usually has a huge ego, great charisma and will play on the fears of the electorate in order to gain power.   Whilst this arguably can be said of all political leaders, the difference with people like Trump is their absolute ruthlessness and the fact they will go to any lengths to win, then once in power they often ignore absolutely the will of the people and follow their own agenda.  Time will tell if Trump acts “for everyone” or just himself.

As with Brexit, the deed is done.  Protesting in the street is futile because in a Democracy the majority vote stands.  Arguing bitterly on social media or with your neighbours only fuels hate and won’t change a damn thing.  I personally wouldn’t have backed Trump in a million years but I fully support America’s choice and hope he’s a great President.

p.s. if anyone wonders about my interest in politics I took both Politics and Economics at A Level, and have a post-graduate qualification in both Business and Business Law.  In a previous job I worked for Local Government.

The madness of Brexit

I’ve been quite unwell this week and not up to doing much.  In my boredom I went online for a gander around, only to see yet more whinging about Brexit.  Grow the fuck up people.

Some of my friends, whose opinions I respect very much, were joining in and behaving like 5 year olds in a school playground and slagging off anyone who voted to leave the EU.  I myself voted to Remain and when I woke the morning of the result to find we were leaving was quite frankly scared.  However I have the utmost respect for those who chose to Leave.  Far from being “stupid” as Remainers seem to want to portray them, some of my very intelligent business owning Times reading friends chose to Leave, including every farmer I’ve ever spoken to.  Farmers are very business savvy – only last week I spoke to one who said that they were so fed up of being dictated to by Brussels, and of the legion of paperwork involved now in farming, that he choose to leave.  He stated he knows this may reduce the market for his products, he knew the pound would be affected and he knows there will be less subsidies, yet he left anyway.  He also had worries over uncontrolled economic migration which, having spoken to lots of Brexiteers, is a common thread (I wonder how many Remainers have actually spoken, and more importantly listened, to those who voted to leave?).  Anyhoo, back to my main gripe at how absolutely ungracious some of the Remainers are being to their fellow citizens.  The micky taking, the mud slinging and assuming people are thick is just plain rude and makes me furious.

One of the gripes of the Remain camp is that the Referendum was illegal.  The fact is, we’ve actually been in the EU illegally from day one – see this article.  There was no Referendum to join what was then the Common Market in 1972, which was unconstitutional.  To put this right, the Prime Minister had a retrospective Referendum in 1975 to join something we’d already joined.  So it can be argued that we’re not illegally leaving the EU because we were never legally part of the EU in the first place.  A Referendum was absolutely and constitutionally needed in the case of Brexit – for anyone who really wants to get to the nitty gritty of why, please see this article.  Some people are arguing that the public were ill-informed on many aspects of leaving, but then in 1975 we were equally ill-informed about many aspects of joining!  We joined a common market of 8 countries to help us trade with one another.   We were not told that it would become a European Parliament consisting of 28 countries, that we would have free borders letting in 100,000 new people every year and that politicians from other countries would make laws which affect the fundamental rights of UK citizens.  Call me psychic, but if someone had told us that back in 1975 I’m fairly sure we would not have touched the European Union with a 10 foot pole.

Another gripe is that lies were told during the Referendum which swayed voter’s views.  I agree wholeheartedly that lies were told (on both sides!), but not that we were all daft enough to believe them because they are, sadly, par for the course in any political setting.  David Cameron lied through his pearly white teeth in the 2010 Election.  His party’s manifesto pledged to help disabled people live independently and promised to maintain disability living allowance and attendance allowance.   He then went on to dismantle Remploy and the Independent Living Fund thereby making thousands of disabled people unemployed and unable to live independently, and changed DLA to PIP with a promise to halve the number of disabled people who qualified for the new benefit thereby plunging them into poverty.  Yet is anything said about these lies?  That would be a no.  We just accept that politicians will lie during campaigns and then not stick to their promises once elected.  No-one is screaming from the rooftops that the General Election was unfair are they, even though it blatantly was?  I voted Labour, but the day after the Conservatives won I didn’t stamp my feet like a 2 year old who hadn’t gotten her own way and then start slagging off every Conservative voter in the country (although I admit I did question what on earth they were thinking!) and demand a re-count or a second election.  I accept that in a democratic country I will sometimes have to live with the majority vote, even when I violently disagree with it to the very core of my soul.

The thing I understand the least is why anyone would still think being part of Europe is a good thing after the reaction of some of the European leaders to our Decision.  French President Francois Hollande has been particularly vocal, saying “there must be a threat, there must be a risk, there must be a price,” for choosing to leave the European club.  He, and other EU leaders such as Germany’s Merkel, could make our departure from Europe easy.  They could ensure that the UK prospers outside the EU.  But they are choosing a different road.  They are making us pay for wanting to leave their gang.  They are going to make me, my parents, my family and my friends “suffer”.  They want to see my country fail.  They are actively going out of their way to hurt babies, old people, sick people, vulnerable people, Scottish people and everyone else.   And yet some British citizens still want us to be part of their gang and for these leaders to be making decisions about our futures.  Is it just me who thinks that’s absolute madness?!

If there were a 2nd Referendum tomorrow I would not vote to Remain.  This time I would vote to Leave.  I don’t want people who are committed to hurting me and my country to have any kind of say over how I live.

There is much work ahead to ensure our country prospers after Brexit.  None of which will be helped by fighting, mud-slinging, bitching, whining and general nastiness.  The Referendum is done, a democratic decision was made and we all need to pull together to make it work.   At least, as intelligent grown-ups that’s what we should be doing.  And as someone who loves her country that’s what I’ll be doing even though leaving wasn’t my personal choice.

The world’s gone mad

You know you’re getting old when you frequently say to your friends “the world’s gone bloody mad!” and shake your head in despair.  Who on God’s green earth is voting for Trump my American friends?  How did he even get to be the Presidential candidate?  I can’t believe that out of 300 million people he’s the best the Republican party can come up with.

Things are no better this side of the Pond.  I’m sick of hearing about the economic fallout of Brexit.  In fact I’m fed up of hearing about Brexit full stop.  Tourism has risen by 18% this year due to the weak pound, which as far as I can tell is a good thing.  The FTSE100 (the UK’s top 100 companies) is at a nearly record high.   Yes there are downsides to a weak pound, but it’s not all doom and gloom – yet doom and gloom is all that’s ever reported.  Right from the start the media has been determined that Brexit is a bad thing – god forbid they should ever report in a balanced and unbiased way.

There’s still debate in the UK about whether we should be leaving the EU at all.  The Guardian did a piece this week entitled something like “what about the 48% of people who didn’t vote for Brexit?”.  Well, what about them?!  It’s a democratic vote and someone has to loose.  Get over it you whining bastards.  We voted to leave and we are leaving.  FFS!  Why are all these people wasting their breath talking about staying in the EU.  We’re not staying in the EU and if we did it means Democracy is dead.

However, it’s not just the UK that’s having a hissy fit over Brexit.  The French President has said that Britain must be punished for leaving the EU.  Er, attitudes like that are one of the main reasons Britain left!  He’s acting like a god-damn Mafia boss – “leave our gang and you’re dead”.  It’s crazy behaviour.  He wants to send a message to other EU members that leaving is not an option.  Why is leaving not an option?  Surely we can all do whatever the fuck we like – he’s acting like a Fascist.  Isn’t that how the World Wars started – some European Dictator telling the rest of us how to live and if we don’t join his gang he’ll annihilate us?

We import more than we export by quite a wide margin, so if the UK economy crashes most of Europe will suffer because we won’t be buying anything they’re making.  In light of this, quite why Europe is so determined to make Britain fail as a result of Brexit, thereby shooting themselves in the foot, I can’t work out.  Today there is a big row going on between European conglomerate Unilever and Tesco supermarket.  Unilever have put the price of their goods up by 10%, blaming Brexit and the weak pound for the hike.  But some of their goods, like Marmite, are sodding well made in the UK not Europe!  And while some ingredients in some products are made abroad, the ingredients of Marmite are not!  Unilever are just trying it on and I hope Tesco sticks to their guns and stops selling their stuff – I’d happily buy an own brand in support of their stance.

France is irritating me for all sorts of reason lately.  They’ve said that after Brexit they will wash their hands of the migrant problem at Calais and just let them all cross into Britain.  Here’s the thing about the migrant problem at Calais – these people are not asylum seekers, they are economic migrants.  They are in France illegally and therefore should be arrested in France and either detained or sent home, or whatever it is the French do with illegal immigrants.  It is not Britain’s problem – they are not breaking UK law.  The migrants could live and work in France so why aren’t they doing that through the proper legal channels?  If all they want is a better life why aren’t they trying to achieve that in France (or any of the several other countries they crossed to get to France)?

Our new Prime Minister Teresa May is under fire from all directions.  Even she daren’t mention the Elephant in the room, which is uncontrolled immigration.  You dare to mention that and you’re immediately racist and xenophobic.  You dare to mention that and immediately there’s hysterical talk of closing borders and not allowing anyone in or out, which is bloody ridiculous.  There’s immediately talk of how much immigrants contribute to the country and how much we need them, which we do in certain industries.  However, uncontrolled economic migration (which is not the same as asylum seekers from Syria or elsewhere, Jaysus I wish people would get that straight in their heads!) is the main reason more than half the country voted to leave the EU – we can’t ignore that.  We have to have the conversation without being labelled as racist.  We have to talk about our housing crisis.  About our over-crowding and the fact it takes 2 months to get to see your GP.  We have to talk about our crumbling roads and our nearly 2 million unemployed – lazy buggers who need to be made to do the jobs unskilled immigrants do, like pick fruit.  We have to talk about our failing NHS and our bursting at the seams education system.  We have to talk about the size of our tiny island and how constantly allowing 100,000 more people to live here every year is unsustainable.  It doesn’t make us racist, it makes us realistic.

We really need a wider discussion about controlling our population, but even I’m not brave enough to broach that subject!

I can’t imagine living in a country with no green spaces.  Where every inch of green land has been built on.  Where wildlife doesn’t exist except for rats, pigeons and foxes because there is no natural environment left for them.  And that’s the way we’re going here if we keep building and building and building on our tiny island to accommodate an uncontrolled population.  I’d die inside if I lived in a concrete jungle with no quiet space or means of being alone.  As it is, even where I live which is considered to be “sparsely populated” (and I use that term loosely) there is absolutely nowhere you can go these days to get away from other people.  Where you’re not sitting quietly by a river and some arsehole doesn’t fly past in a car with his stereo booming out full blast.  Where you can sit quietly to read a book without a fucking Lear jet flying overhead so low you can see the whites of the pilot’s eyes.  There is no escape.  Not anymore.  And that negatively affects people’s mental health.

We live in a fabulous country which is the envy of the world.  Is it all sweetness and light?  No, of course not.  But I am sick to the back teeth of being bombarded with negative shite all the time.  It’s such a quintessentially British thing to do – ignore everything great and everything we do well and focus on the crap.  Us Brits are fabulous at whinging and constantly bringing ourselves down and it has to stop.