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The EU Referendum

My thoughts on this aren't as cut and dried as my initial knee-jerk reaction, which is to agree with staying in the EU.

That reaction is born from a response to racism. My family had to deal with a lot of it when I first returned to Britain and it bores me to death.  The ridiculous reasons I have heard for getting out include: Having tough soldiers, having a great literary tradition and straight bananas. As I understand it,  unless we intend to occupy Brussels and beat them into surrender with Shakespeare recitals, these have no relevance. The straight banana story remains the archetypal Euromyth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euromyth .

Shrieks about sovereignty are often the hallmark of those nations who consider the unfettered ability to treat their citizenship badly as some kind of right. I mistrust such indignation. The social chapter is one of the things I like about the EU. When the EU put a moratorium on the use of bee-killing neonicotinoids on crops, Britain's Environment Secretary Owen Paterson protested against it vociferously. That's a lot of dead bees, down to British Sovereignty.  Paterson's involvement with pesticide giants  Monsanto and Syngenta are highly questionable,http://www.desmog.uk/2015/02/24/is-owen-paterson-funded-by-monsanto
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/interactive/2013/apr/29/environment-secretary-letter-syngenta-insecticide-ban

 Britain's sovereignty being influenced by Brussels is a matter of flag-waving heresy,Britain's sovereignty  being hi-jacked by corporate interests seems to be perfectly acceptable.

I want live bees, and when my government officials want to kill them, unduly influenced by private  corporations, I want someone to be able to step in.

So far I am for staying.

But there are things I don't like; TTIP for one, a big, nasty,obscure piece of legislation to which we should not agree.  And of course, 'Ever Closer Union' sounds a bit tentacular, a bit Smersh.

Putting on my wee trader hat, ignoring  preference in order think about the money.  I want to be able to trade in the market, and be part of the decision making processes regarding that market. I am influenced by the city traders, the FTSE analysis, the Financial Times who all see leaving as a bad move. I note that Boris' declaration sent the pound down to its lowest level in years. And I think hard; this isn't fear, this is about working in markets that like stability and while I am very ready to pay taxes to protect our society in all its needs, I don't much fancy my hard-earned greenies being put on the line for some idiot rolling around in a union jack pretending to be a sausage roll. Show me guarantees, not hopes.  'Outers' claim we can make new deals, well of course we can. But we will have to, and that is never a great position to start from;nothing worse than bargaining with someone who knows you have to make the sale.

There is more, but I think I will stop here. I think my decision is made, heart and head agreeing.

Agreeing also with Cameron. Who'd a thought it?

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smokingboot
Feb. 25th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Why yes, now that I think about it...Particularly when I consider how much I prefer to disagree with Cameron about pretty much everything!

Your latter comment is an excellent example of precise expression. Had I thought of this phrasing myself,I would definitely be using it! :-)
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smokingboot
Feb. 25th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
Well, if you don't mind me stealing it, I shall avail myself of great artistry!
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