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Why I Am Voting To Remain – Part 4 – Me

In the final part of my series on why I voted to remain, I am going to change tack – the other 3 posts were about how I saw the European Union affecting the country as a whole.  This is about me.

I appreciate that the European Union is not perfect.  I’d like to scrap the common agricultural policy, it should have more of a pro-business focus and a reduction of regulation where possible.

The Eurozone is a large problem.  Since around 2010 I’ve been arguing that one of two things needs to happen – either the Eurozone needs to have common taxation and spending, with transfers between rich and poor countries – like what happens within the United Kingdom.  Or it needs to allow an orderly disbanding with the southern EU countries such as Spain and Greece, re-instating their own currencies and being able to devalue to become competitive again.

Until then, the Eurozone will have this great imbalance – northern countries such as Germany doing very well, southern countries such as Greece and Spain suffering disastrous unemployment.

The Eurozone has muddled through the last few years thanks to Mario Dragi’s commitment to do what it takes.

This is not good enough.

I’d like to see a multi-speed/mutli-track European Union.  Those who want to commit to ever-greater union should be allowed to, those who want to stay somewhat on the side should also be able to.  The framework would be a bit trickier to implement but the union has problems at the moment.

This could also allow for some form of basic association membership for neighbouring countries such as Turkey and north African countries, if and only if they met democratic expectations (I’m not sure any do now), and not with free movement of people until the economies have caught up.  This could help to settle neighbouring countries, reduce the risk of war on our borders, along refugee flows, and help solidify European borders.

I would not be surprised if you saw the European Union heading in this direction once the French and German elections are out of the way next year.  Which would tend to suit Britain’s taste in membership rather nicely.

Onto my life specifically, I know that one of the companies that I worked for in my life would not have based their European headquarters in the UK were we not in the European Union.

Quite simply, I am more likely to have a job if we are in the European Union.  I am current job-hunting, and uncertainty really would not help my prospects of having work in 6 months’ time.  My current job is uncertain without a recession, due to the takeover, and my future job will be easier to find if there is no post-Brexit recession.

Do you really want me to work in a pea factory?

Also, I absolutely cannot stand the racism and xenophobia that has been inflicted by many leavers during this campaign (and not only then).  I cannot associate myself with the likes of Farage and his disgusting racist posters.  Just admit that you are a racist, you fucking scumbag.

Yeah I know that’s Glastonbury – I’m not repeating his cretinous bilge.

One of the most important aspects of being a European Union member to me, is the free movement of labour.

Without us being a member of the European Union, it is unlikely that I would have mixed so much and so well with people from other European countries.  There of course would have been some immigration without membership, though possibly more likely from commonwealth countries such as India and Pakistan, instead of France and Spain.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my British friends.  I have very good friends from Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Glasgow, Devon, Wales, Wolverhampton, and a variety of places – gosh even some from Reading too.  All immigrants from within the United Kingdom – which is a union in itself.

Different attitudes and cultures are clearly visible throughout my friends, but this becomes more notable when compared to friends from other countries.

I learn so much from speaking to people from other countries – whether that be the history of the country, how their education system works, their food – their going out culture (oh if only we had a Spanish going out culture instead of the chain pub down your drinks and fight culture), or in the case of eastern European friends, how communism affected their upbringing.

I’ve been to BBQs with almost only Europeans, I’ve lived with French people and hung out with them, gone clubbing with eastern Europeans – all of these experiences have added value to my life.  Many of them may not have happened without free movement of labour.

The European Union adds cultural value to my life.

This works both ways too.  I’ve had friends move to European countries and been able to visit them for the weekend.  Of course, I can go on holiday to Europe whenever I like, but having someone in a certain city that you know gives a slight edge to the enjoyment of a weekend away as they will often know the best restaurants, the best bars, etc.

And I might want to move to Ibiza one day.  I might not, but in an ideal world I would like my own web development company in 5 or so years, which I could run from anywhere.  I don’t want to be restricted to just the UK.  I do not want my right to live in another European country to be taken away from me – a right that millions have enjoyed over the past 40 years.  Why should this be taken away from me by a bunch of xenophobes?

I really would be utmostly angry if this happened.

And what if there was a life-threatening volcano from Iceland?  You might wonder what the hell I am on about, but in 1783 there were around 10,000 deaths in the UK due to poisonous gases that escaped from Laki.  Those with respiratory problems suffered the most, ie people like me.

Or slightly more likely (only slightly), what if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister and tried to implement communism?

I want the opportunity to escape that being a member of the European Union brings.  Do you not want that?  We shouldn’t always assume that life will be a bed of roses in this country.  Things do change.

There would, of course, be a plan to allow myself free movement if disaster strikes.  Get married to a European.  Any very attractive young European Union lady that wants to be able to work over here please do let me know.

To any British ladies reading, if we vote out then you have no chance with me.  Sorry.  We can be friends, still, though.  Maybe even with benefits – no not the sort that British people claim far more than immigrants.

I also note that over the last 10 or so years, since the influx of some very attractive young ladies from the likes of Poland, British women have become more attractive.  It seems that they have upped their game.  Co-incidence?  I think not.

I have to admit that I am very happy with the large influx of Spanish women, especially into London.  It is no secret that I have a special affection for Spanish ladies, ever since I fell in love with the holiday rep in Majorca aged 13.  Plus have you seen the women in Ibiza?

I’m on the assumption that we will still be able to go holidaying in the EU without a visa.  I don’t know this but I’m assuming this.

It does bring other difficulties though.  Flights will go up in price – not only because of the likely devaluation of the pound – low fares are due to the single market.  A cheap weekend in Europe will become less affordable.

Extortionate roaming charges have been scrapped by order of the European Union.  This is not British law.  Leave the European Union and it will become much more expensive to communicate when abroad – I remember the time when I avoided using my phone abroad, fearing how much it would cost.

Most importantly and most at the top of my mind, my very closest friend is from the European Union.  It is highly likely that I would never had had the opportunity to meet her were we not in the European Union back when eastern European countries ascended to the EU.  I also thank Tony Blair for ensuring that we allowed free movement to the eastern European countries, John Major for fostering a very strong economy in the 90’s which meant that we needed the workers, and of course, my number one woman, Margaret Thatcher, for helping bring about the end of communism.

I don’t want to deny the opportunities that I have had to future generations.  And I don’t want future opportunities to be denied to myself either.

Vote remain.  Please.
Pretty please.
Please.
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EU Referendum Immigration Voting Remain

Why I Am Voting To Remain – Part 3 – Immigration

I know it isn’t cool to admit it, but I like immigration.  In fact, I’d go so far to say that the most important aspect of being a European Union member is the right to live and work in 27 other countries (plus a couple of others with freedom of movement as part of their access deal to the single market).

Had David Cameron come back from the negotiation to say that we no longer had this right, then Brexit would have tempted me.

I LOVE IMMIGRATION.  I LOVE IMMIGRANTS.

But I don’t want to make these blogs about me.  Well, maybe the last one will be.  My decision on how to vote is based far more on what I believe to be right for the country than for myself.

Immigrants have had a large variety of positive impact upon our beautiful country.

Let’s start with economics.  Immigrants tend to come to the country when they are young.  They are more likely to be employed than UK-born citizens (EU immigrants of working age 79.2% likely to have a job, UK citizens 75.4% likely).  They are less likely to be claiming benefits than UK citizens (37% UK citizens (like wtf???!) compared to 29% of immigrants).  They will often go back to their home countries before their use of health services goes up through aging.

On the other hand, our immigrants to the likes of Spain/France tend to be more of a burden on the healthcare systems of those countries – should we leave, it may be unlikely that all EU immigrants will be kicked out of Britain and vice versa, but it is doubtful that we would have free/minimal cost access to the health systems of those countries.

There is some evidence that immigrants have a very slight negative effect on wages on those at the bottom of the pay scale.  But they should not be blamed for a lack of pay rises.  If you haven’t had a pay rise in recent years then you may want to check the rate of inflation – currently at 0.3%.  If prices are stable then it is not exactly unusual for wages to be stable or rising only slightly.

Quite simply we need immigrants to be able to pay for our aging society.  Just look at Japan with its aging society, sclerotic economy that has not recovered from its banking crisis in the 90’s and its refusal to accept immigration.

Not only that but a quirky fact I read is that immigrants employ more people in this country, than are employed.  So not only are they helping to pay for the older generation’s needs, but they are employing those of working age.  Why do you think America is such a successful country?  To me, it is much down to the go-getting nature of those who settled there.  We should be welcoming immigrants with open arms.

Moving on from the economy and you can look across society as a whole as to the benefits of immigration.

There are many nurses/doctors that are European Union immigrants, teachers, care workers, credit controllers and whole host of valuable workers to society.

You could think about the arts instead.  I talk from my passion of DJing, and any EU DJ can come and play over here no questions asked.  But try booking a Russian or Turkish DJ and you will have visa problems – often shows have had to be cancelled at the last minute as the foreign office have blocked visa applications.  And it works the other way around, UK DJs have more opportunities throughout the EU but when it comes to working in the US, for example, it is an administrative nightmare.

Why on earth would we want to put borders up to create problems for the sharing of music and arts?

How many people have eaten at an Italian recently?  Or a tapas restaurant?  Or had an excellent service from a Polish plumber fixing their blocked sink quickly and cost-efficiently?

I accept that immigrants may not be helping with the housing crisis – however it isn’t their fault that we are not building enough houses.  We were not building enough houses in the 90’s.  We were not building enough houses in the 00’s.  We are still not building enough houses – this comes down to the failure of consecutive governments to get a grip on planning policy and the NIMBYs that cling onto their housing wealth by blocking every single loft conversion.

Plus, where do you think a significant proportion of those building houses come from?  Windsor?  Ascot?  Narnia?

And don’t forget about all the really attractive women that have come to this country:

Apologies to any women/gays reading – I couldn’t find any attractive men on Google, apart from myself and I’m not an immigrant.  Well, technically I am as I’m from Hull.

Anyway.

Some people also accuse immigrants of taking precious local resources, whether that be school places or waiting times at A&E – though 84% of pupils get their first choice school and I don’t think A&E waiting times are much different from around 2000.  Don’t forget we also need the increased birth rate that immigrants have been providing.

The only way to control immigration is to bring on a recession.  Increase unemployment and less people will come to the country, more people will leave as UK citizens look for jobs in Australia, for example, as happened in 2008.

Net migration has risen significantly in the past couple of years.  But our economy has also grown significantly in the past couple of years.

If you vote to leave then the demand for immigrants will only go down if there is a recession.  There will still be a need for immigration.  Non-EU immigration currently stands at 188,000 a year.

I’m going to leave you with something I penned a while back.

I live with an immigrant.

I work with immigrants.

I go to the pub with immigrants.

I fancy some immigrants.

I dance to immigrants.

Immigrants dance to the music I play.

Sven Vath lives in London.  He is an immigrant.

Half of the England football team descend from immigrants.

My best friend is an immigrant.

We are all just humans.

Love your immigrants and vote to remain.

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EU Referendum Sovereignty Voting Remain

Why I Am Voting To Remain – Part 2 – Sovereignty

For obvious reasons I didn’t post the second part on Friday as planned.  You can read part 1 on economics here if you missed it.

As I mentioned last time, I may or may not respond to any comments – any blatant lies I will simply delete.

So.  Sovereignty.

I see polls of Conservative Brexit members in particular who keep stating that sovereignty is by far their number 1 reason for voting to leave.  But what does it mean?

Travel back thousands upon thousands of years, to cavemen existence (no I’m not saying we will all become cavemen if we vote to leave), and it would be very likely that the sovereign voice would have been the hunter gatherer in the family.  Nobody would have been aware of other continents and certainty there would be no need for laws and regulations from afar.

Subsequently humanity became organised through small villages – rules would more likely have been issued by the village elder, though perhaps with a nod to more widely accepted morals such as thou shalt not steal.

As humanity progressed, regions and occasionally nation-states became the norm, and religion would often provide rules through which larger areas of population would take their laws from.

Eventually we ended up with the 19th/20th century idea of the nation state, where common law is stated throughout the country, with by-laws in local areas, or sometimes regional assemblies.

But as the 20th and 21st centuries have progressed, the need to work together to solve common issues, such as international crime, terrorism, pollution, climate change, etc has seen the need for a range of trans-national or international bodies to not only to tackle common issues, but to stop genocide, discourage war and solve famine.

This is the point where we are at.  The UN, World Health Organisation, International Monetary Fund, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – the list goes on, and yes, it includes the European Union.  The world, especially since the widespread adoption of the internet, has become more interconnected.

Why on earth would we take a step back towards isolationism?  It does not make any sense to me.

The argument goes that the EU is in control of our laws.  This is a total fallacy.  We set our own laws on defence, health, tax, education – all the most important areas of policy are almost totally and exclusively controlled by the UK government.

The percentage of laws influenced by European Union law (by the way voted on in the European parliament by those you elect – not as Farage will have you by unelected beaurocrats) is somewhere between 7% and 12% depending on what measure you use.  Pretty small.  And only around 2% of all European parliament laws are voted against by our MEPs (though if Farage and co bothered to turn up to vote then maybe that would be even lower) – in other words we vote for 98% of the laws coming out of the European Parliament.

Though I do admit that the amount of regulations influenced by the European Union is closer to 65% (I forget the exact figure).

However, if you want to trade with the single market, and I assume that even the most ardent Brexiteers do not want to stop doing business with our largest export market, then we will need to accept their regulations.  If the EU decides that all Christmas baubles must be square, then we will not be able to sell any Christmas baubles to the European Union unless we implement that regulation, whether we are in or out of the European Union.

Tell me, would you prefer to be in the club, helping make the decisions, or would you rather just follow the decisions?  As someone who values the sovereignty of his country, I would like to be at the top of every possible table helping to make decisions.

Finally for this section, would you really get all the sovereignty in the world back from leaving the European Union?

The answer is no.

We pool sovereignty not only in the European Union, but in a whole host of organisations/treaties, in an effort to make the world a more agreeable place for humanity.  Some of the most important of which are:

United Nations
World Bank
International Monetary Fund
World Health Organisation
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
World Food Programme
World Meteorological Organisation (I had to get that in there)
United Nations Environment Programme
International Organization for Migration
International Maritime Organization
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
International Energy Agency
International Atomic Energy Agency
World Trade Organization
NATO

Need any more?

We have implemented laws and also budgetary decisions based on statutes coming out of these organisations – NATO for example insists that all its members spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP on defence.

My view of the world is one which has and will continue to come together to tackle whatever problems it has – genocide, drought, tsunami relief, war, famine, nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism – the list goes on of issues that we need to work together on.  Europe, and the world as a whole, needs Great Britain at the centre of efforts to resolve problems.

My Britain is not one that hides from the rest of the world.  My version of Britain is one that leads the world.  In the European Union and all other major international organisations.

I believe that we have greater power to change the world and our lives, by pooling sovereignty towards common standards for humanity to live and trade by.
Next up, I will tackle immigration.
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Brexit Corbyn EU Referendum Stick Together

OI! Tories. Stick Together.

OK.  I think the Brexit lot are nutcases.  Some of them make quite lucid arguments but many are fanciful – seemingly expecting a large pot of gold just for leaving the world’s largest trading club.  Not to mention the magical sovereignty – wow.  Get in the English Channel.

On the other side, the Brexiters amongst you probably think I am crazy for wanting to stay in a club with at least some democratic deficiency, possibly some corruption and some damn irritating rules that we have applied to our law book.

Boris used to be one of my favourite politicians but I cannot stand the way he has schemed and gone against what I see as his natural pro-EU stance.  I’m no longer sure I could vote for him as the next Conservative leader.

And I wish John Redwood would stop banging on about Europe as if it was the only thing that mattered to the public, when it is in fact the least of our concerns.

I can see some of you that back in May claimed David Cameron to be an electoral genius, that have now suddenly disowned him as though you’ve just found out he drowned your grandmother.

The above sentences are not the smoothest ever introduction to a political argument, and it isn’t going to be the smoothest period for us Conservatives between now and June 23rd.

I’ll probably have a few arguments in the next few months.  I may even say a few rude words to those banding around absolute bullshit, for example that 70 million people from Turkey will suddenly have free movement of labour within the European Union come October.  And certainly against those for whom leaving the European Union is a net curtain upon their semi-racist souls.

But whatever you think about being in or out of the European Union, even if you take the view that leaving is likely to bring a fairly catastrophic drop in GDP of up to 6%, as some studies suggest, this is absolutely nothing compared to the economic carnage that Jeremy Corbyn has planned for us.

The news yesterday that the failed Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is advising the Labour Party on economic matters is a reminder of the true danger that these economically incompetent politicians hold for us.

Yanis took the Greek economy to new depths last year, as capital controls were implemented to stop the remaining banks collapsing.  How anyone could have made the economic situation more perilous in Greece is beyond me, but he managed it.

Now somehow, this forceful chancer, who has about as much tact as Gordon Brown had love for Blair, has recast himself as a western ‘man of the people’ shouting down our alleged austerity as government spending continues to grow.

This character, is now advising the Labour party on economics.  You couldn’t make it up – yet this is deadly serious.

So whatever happens come June 24th, the Conservative party must heal, must come together, must forgive the referendum victors.  And must stop banging on about Europe.

Personally I think Brexit might be a disaster.  It also might work out fine.  But whatever the outcome on June 24th, no matter how much the result disappoints or even angers one side, and there will be some very disenchanted folk out there, we absolutely must not allow Corbyn and cronies anywhere near government.

We must stick together.  Whatever your view on the EU – the real danger is letting Labour back in.