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A New Day, A New Future but did you vote?

June 24th 2016 will go down in the history of the U.K. as the dawn of a new era.  The day over seventeen million of us voted to leave an organisation which has bullied our nation for over forty years. On more than one occasion since 1066 it was up to Britain to stand up to the might of France, Germany, Spain (the usual invasion suspects) and the other twenty four members of the EU.  Since we were taken in to the organisation in 1973 successive prime ministers have battled against the odds while our wealth and industry has been plundered by nations who’ve been trying for centuries to gain access to our coffers.

Our Prime Minister has resigned, a decision I find odd, especially from a man who was so passionate about staying in the EU.  David CameronSurely had Mr Cameron been a true leader he should’ve put his hands up with the battle cry ” the people have spoken, let me lead them forward and rebuild!”

Facebook, Twitter and other social media has been alive with some pretty nasty comments by users in the “remain” camp but people do say some pretty awful things when they’re frightened so I can forgive them.

What I have found discerning though, is the amount of people who have been screaming for a second referendum, many of those quite young and who didn’t bother to register to vote.  Younger people have reacted by blaming older generations for “messing with our future”.  Ironically this is just how I thought when after the referendum in 1975, “progressive thinking” people voted to take us into the then Common Market.  I had voted but the fear of the new and unknown was daunting but we survived and we will again!  Make no mistake, politicians lied back then as well, it’s not a new phenomenon.

July 13th arrived and since the turmoil of the Brexit vote, the panic of a nation seemingly frightened of its own shadow let alone of the rest of the world has been somewhat abated by the appointment of a new prime minister, Theresa May.  web-theresa-may-paPrime Minister May has a difficult task ahead, re-uniting the Conservative party and ensuring the U.K. exits the EU on the best terms possible.  Her first speech on the steps of No 10 was, I thought, asserted and broad in its content appealing to people across the country.  If she is able to put the words into action she will put a divided nations trust back into politicians and impress the rest of the world.

So what have we learned from the past three weeks?  I feel that democracy is still alive and kicking.  I feel our citizens have strong political views.  I know I’ve probably lost a few friends because of mine, but I ask this question.  If the the vote had been in favour of remain, would I have accepted the majority decision?  Of course I would because I’m a firm believer in the people of the UK.

Wisdom is only gained by experience, so here’s a little advice from someone who’s lived a little of life.  Everybody and every vote makes a difference, so in future use your vote, then you can criticise. Also learn to accept a decision by a majority because this the way democracy works whether that majority is one, five or ten million.

Enough said on this small part of history, my next blog will be on a much different and less controversial subject, I promise!

As always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

“BREXIT, it’s got to be said!”

Brexit, the term invented and adopted by the press to describe the negotiations for so called better terms for us, the UK to stay in the European Union.  So here we are in the fifth decade after Prime Minister Edward Heath took us into Ted Heaththe then “Common Market”.  The average man and women who had lived through the second world war were of the opinion back in 1975 that the main players in Europe, Germany and France were only after the wealth of the UK to prop up their own failing economies than the future of Britain. Even so 66% of us voted to join because then as now we were told it would be good for our future!  As a young man, I too voted yes, to apparently secure the future of our country and our children’s future.

41 years on, how do I feel as a 60 year old business owner, father of three and also grandfather?

When we became part of the now called European Union, our health service was free, including dental. We had care services for our elderly, free school meals for all our children, pensions for all and housing supply was not at an all time low.   Our farmers were working and the only fields left fallow were those in crop rotation. There were no “butter mountains” or “milk lakes”and so forth because farmers could produce what they needed to and not what they were told to by the Eurocrats.  Any shortfalls, we imported from our trading partners throughout the globe, meat from New Zealand and South America, grain from Europe and the Americas.   We had doctors who were satisfied with their pay, the police and fire fighters were well staffed and we had armed forces who were the envy of the world.  Not to forget the City of London which, as now was always a global financial hub.

What as gone wrong?

We as tax payers give the EU £55,000,000 per day (yes fifty five million pounds per day!) to achieve this we have to borrow and this increases our national debt hence on-going cuts to all the services we hold dear here in the UK.  Imagine how much our services would benefit from this amount of money injected into their coffers, doctors paid what they are worth, police, firefighters and ambulance crews, satisfied with their salaries (well almost, after all you can’t please everyone!) and a defence force having the resources to be capable of actually defending!

Jobs could be created in all of the above professions, farming, construction and manufacturing.  Manufacturing, I hear you shout with surprise? Yes, because gone are dark days of the seventies and eighties when Trades Unions had forgotten their main goal was to improve conditions for their members but instead were only interested in bringing down the government of the day!  We have the opportunity to have a new Industrial Revolution, manufacturing and trading with the world again!

David CameronDavid Cameron, our Prime Minister and of whom I’m an avid supporter, is warning of “a leap in the dark”.  I’m slightly concerned, Germany, France and other member states trade with us, they need us now and in the future to ensure the future of their own economies.  This said I applaud the tireless efforts of Mr Cameron.

So what would change?  Nothing much really, we will still trade with Europe, we can trade without penalty with the rest of the world but more importantly we hold on to our sovereignty and once again are masters of our own destiny, not beholding to faceless Eurocrats who have their own agendas.

Thanks for reading. 🙂