Month: June 2016

There’s Nothing Quite Like Realising You’ve Made A Mistake

My MP Owen Smith resigned yesterday, as part of the PLP exodus, in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, despite stating that he agrees with and likes Jeremy.

He posted his resignation letter to his constituency Facebook page. These are the comments below it:

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Some images wouldn’t upload so here’s a link to the original Facebook post:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1418649291495409&substory_index=0&id=116560208370997

Politics Is Poison

I don’t wish to plough into specifics here, as that can only lead to more of what I’m writing to complain about. I just wanted to say a little something about the state of our politics, as a country. The dishonest, misleading Leave campaign run in the lead-up to the EU Referendum has essentially been taken as a permit to lie, cheat and scheme in order to gain the best position in a failing House.

Don’t kid yourself that the referendum was about anything but a coup driven by those fighting an in-party war within the Conservative party. Don’t kid yourself that the resignations now happening in the Labour party is anything but a coup driven by those fighting an in-party war within Labour.

What you can be sure of, in these days in uncertainty, obfuscation and bare-faced lies, is that politics is poison. I have experienced first-hand bitter arguments between work colleagues, family members and the best of friends, all of whom have – to paraphrase the much-missed Jo Cox – “more in common than that which divides us”.

Nobody can say what will happen in Parliament anymore. There are no facts on offer. Just as the Leave campaign made grand gestures, promising change – but delivered nothing as they had no plan – so we see the same happening within Labour: resigning MPs demanding Corbyn is replaced as leader, while refusing to offer an alternative candidate.

But the next few weeks will be, frankly, unprecedented. As politicians on all sides prove to the electorate that they are not worthy of our respect, expect severe social division. Already we are descending into racially-driven violence. I am ashamed of my own MP, of our country as a whole and – worst of all – of myself for the hunger I still feel for politics as a hobby.

We deserve all that follows.

 

A Final Word On The Referendum

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In less than 24 hours polls will open and the UK will vote on its continued membership of the European Union. I have been incredibly vocal – online and “IRL” – about my passion for a Remain win. I can honestly say I see of no good reason whatsoever for a vote to Leave. I’ve read everything I possibly could about “Brexit” and what it could mean for this country and have made my mind up based on facts and figures (there are plenty out there, if you care to take a look!), something Leave supporters seem reluctant to bother with.

I would urge you, if you are still undecided, to vote Remain. Trust me, or one of the many other people who have read into this. And if you can’t do that, do what I did and spend an afternoon on Google looking for facts and figures, looking for expert analysis, looking for likely outcomes either way. And in doing so, I assure you, you will come to the same conclusion as me: Brexit would be suicide.

And I would urge you, if you are a committed Leave supporter, to ask yourself why  you are so. What is it that makes you so adamant to vote Leave? Then, research the issues around that. I would put money on it that, whatever your driving issue may be – immigration, the economy, security, etc, etc, etc – there would be expert opinion out there that will prove to you that you’d be making a terrible mistake. I’m sorry, but you’ve got it wrong. The facts are against almost every argument for Brexit.

Of course there are some out there who will vote Leave as a means of giving Cameron a bloody nose, or to stick it to the Germans, or to make a point about “the bloody foreigners” or whatever: For these people there is no hope. They are idiots, bigots or both. I just hope that enough of them are all bark and no bite. I hope that educated opinion and common decency triumph over small-minded prejudice and under-informed gesturing.

Leaving the EU would be a disaster. There are too many unknowns, not enough failsafes. If the Leave lot had a better plan post-Brexit, or any plan at all, I may be very well be classifying myself as “undecided” too. But they have NOTHING to offer at all. Only empty promises of a Great British Utopia, prosperity and happiness for all. Please, don’t fall for their nonsense. Vote Remain tomorrow.