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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

191. EU Referendum – Vote Option 3 (and save your sanity).

Vote option 3. with me. 
I’ll be protesting about being dragged into irrelevant Tory Party tantrums. I’ll be voting against the Prime Minister Dave’s Diversion. Counter-intuitively that means voting for the government’s position. 
Why?

Last week I posted a piece entitled War – What is it? In checking my stats for that blog I settled on what seem to be the agreed WW1 casualty figures (killed 17m+ and wounded 20m+). Estimates of WW2 fatalities vary but it is believed to be over 60m, 3% of the 1940 global population. So if you want around 100million human reasons not to break up the EU there they are. And if you think that kind of aggression cannot break out at the drop of a hat – look at the European cup. Those hooligans have votes and they’d love a Storm Trooper or a Black Shirt uniform.

But let’s, for argument’s sake, say that breaking from the 28 strong union of European countries is sensible (!) This is so not the time. In case PM Cameron and the, I’m-alright-Jack politicians haven’t noticed, the world is in trouble.

As for placating the bigots – they are ALWAYS going to be bigoted. In or out they will want their scapegoats. That’s what they do. And it’s much easier to blame a Polish plumber for economic woes than the real culprits such as Russian, Arab and Chinese oligarchs buying up London, weak political leadership and British businessmen squirrelling away loot in tax havens.

Do we need the kinds of EU working regulations that are so sneered at by avaricious tycoons? Well, if you have been paying attention to the nasty greedy scumbags, asset-stripping British businesses (see blog 185. Does Sir Philip Green kick disabled orphan kittens in his spare time?) we do. If you have been appalled by UK companies running sweatshops and keeping the majority of their workers on zero hours contracts like the boss of Sports Direct (see blog 174. Zero Hours) then we do.

Both sides are scaremongering. Both sides are grubbing in the gutter. Call it what you will – fiddling while Rome burns, bickering while children drown, squabbling while people starve – the British EU referendum is a monumental waste of time, money and human resources.

In some ways this post is a timely conflation of many of the topics covered recently. Small men making big war, the divisions of humanity, the cost of not seeing the whole picture and the ever increasing prevalence of a corrosive attitude that money is more important than people.

Add to that, potential US president Dump thinks that an horrific LGBT hate crime, with over 100 casualties, represents nothing more than an opportunity for more mad rhetoric and the ground under your feet starts to tilt. We need cohesion and sanity on this side of the Atlantic.

Disentangling from the EU and negotiating individual trade and travel agreements with 27 other countries (the Brexit argument) is crazy. Its like leaving the party that everyone else is at then hovering outside the back door and hoping to catch people’s attention. Then you attempt to persuade them to come to another party with you. JUST YOU. And you try and do the same with every other guest. Why would they? They have a couple dozen other people to party with at a bigger, better party.

I’m no fan of European politics. But then I am no fan of national politics in 2016 either.

The rest of Europe may secretly be glad to see the back of us when they observe the disparity in how Britain treats the very wealthy and the very poor (Britain is one of the most unequal countries in the EU). When they see how we’ve failed spectacularly to get to grips with contemporary energy needs, failed to support British industry and so on. When they look at the messes we made in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya. They may just wave politely the way you do when a cranky, vindictive, attention-seeking, unpopular relative finally leaves.

What I will be voting for is not Remain or Brexit. I will be voting for the 3rd option which is NOT TO BE SO BLOODY STUPID. I will vote Status Quo which, yes, involves holding my nose and putting a cross in the Remain box.
It seems pedantic but voting is important. Never more so as the veneer of democracy looks so cracked and worn. 

If there were a 3rd box labelled WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE I would vote for that. If there were a 3rd box marked PEOPLE MATTER LET’s GET REAL I would vote for that. If there were a 3rd box saying LET’s PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (and by the way here is the £150 - 200 Million cost of the referendum, back in the treasury), I would vote for that. But there isn’t.
I want not to have wasted the time and the money and the column inches in the lazy newspaper articles and so-called political discussions on this ridiculous irrelevant sideshow.

By voting to stay in Europe I will be voting for this privileged country not to be so self-indulgent while people are sleeping in fields and the planet is dying and children are being abused on an industrial scale and even in this country increasing numbers of families are relying on foodbanks.

I will be voting with embarrassment and shame that my government is willing to stage this hedonistic distraction when we could have used that energy and resource to help many people in this country and the rest of the world to move forward in dignity together.

I am disgusted that the only question that seems to be debated is, what we called in the old days, ‘hip-pocket-politics’ i.e what is best for ME ME ME. It used to be a shameful position to take. Now it is the only position.

The British EU Referendum has really shown just how sadly lacking the world’s oldest democracy is, how mediocre our leaders. With adults in highly responsible, lucrative positions bickering like spoilt 8-year-olds. All the more reason I don’t want to be left entirely at their mercy.

I will be voting to get this over with and get on with what matters.
I will be voting for common sense.
I will be voting to not have the next two decades blighted by more of what we’ve had for the last couple of months.
I will be voting for Britain not to be economically hobbled for years to come (even the Brexit campaign accept that would happen).
I will be voting not to have the rest of Europe so disgusted with us that no one wants to party with the party poopers.

This post may be especially useful to you if appearing to vote with Cameron makes you want to puke. It will be psychologically soothing for you to vote this way if the sight of Blair oiling his way into the campaign makes you want to run screaming down the street with your arse on fire.


I’ll be voting to get on with what matters. In other words, I will be voting Status Quo - the 3rd alternative. I WILL be voting.

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