I’ve just been writing some reflections over on my education blog and the post came around to my views on the referendum. I’ve taken those views and recreated them here, along with an expansion on them.
I’m devastated by the referendum result. I thinks it’s a disaster for the country for so many reasons. The economy will suffer, workers rights will suffer, the rich diverse culture that we have in Britain will suffer, it will affect touring musicians which may mean many UK based ones will give it up and less overseas stars grace our shores.
Then there’s the rise in hate crime. In the first week after the referendum there were 300 reported hate crimes against non brits. Up from 60 on a normal week. I find both those figures abhorrent, but the larger one particularly so. To me it shows that the racist and xenophobic underbelly of our society now feel they have been legitimised. It was always going to happen they way Nigel Farage and his cronies have spent the last two decades selling the EU debate as “we want our country back”.
And the fallout continues. David Cameron has stepped down – I thought I’d be happy when his reign ended, but this wasn’t the end I had in mind. The potential leaders are all far worse. May has been at war with human rights for ever and was behind the snoopers charter. Fox makes Cameron look positively socialist, Crabb is a homophones who has repeatedly moved to quash equality and espoused some vile views and Gove was responsible for some of the worst reforms we have seen. Leadson I know little about, but my preliminary research has not offered much hope.
The other day I was asked for my views on the referendum. Below is a quick reponse:
On the question of the referendum I’d say I’m in favour of staying in. There are tons of reasons, 1 in 10 British jobs is directly dependent on our EU membership, the EU takes around half our exports, the green laws the EU pass have cleaned up Britain no end – just look at the sea in Blackpool these days compared to when we were kids. I lime the freedoms of travel and the fact that I could go work in any number of countries with no trouble. The fact that the EU have ensured we have equal pay for women and outlawed sexism and other discrimination in workplaces. working time and other directives to ensure fair workplaces. The majority of scientific research that happens in the UK is funded directly from the European parliament, grants that would otherwise go to Russian or French or German (etc) universities.
Plus there’s a combined approach to policing, the European arrest warrant etc meaning that career criminals can’t go live on the Costa del sol with their ill gotten gains when they get police heat, which is something that happened a lot in the 70s and 80 and 90s. This combined approach works elsewhere, on a diplomatic level the EU has much more power than the. UK would alone. This 3 tends to trade deals and other deals that benefit British consumers keeping prices down. The EU works hard along side the UN to bring peace and democracy to many nations. Plus the EU has taken on multinational companies but alone Britain would be far too reliant on them to curb their power.
I’ve yet to hear a strong argument for leaving, in fact I’ve not heard one yet that doesn’t boil down to “but I don’t want eastern Europeans living next door”, or “but turkey are looking to.join the EU and Turkey is full of muslims”. Neither of which seems a good argument for losing the benefits listed above!