For those of us that were witness to Micheal Gove’s slime ball treachery last on Question Time, and have been following the campaign over the last few weeks (months!) will probably be feeling the unbelievable burning frustration as we edge further and further to decision time.
So lets do a little myth busting, for those that are still feeling a bit confused as to which way to go. I would also like to take this opportunity to state, that remember exactly who it is that’s talking to you, if you’re not sure what you see on the news, (as most of us aren’t) find specific politicians, campaigns, or individuals you respect to discuss with them where they stand on it and why. ALSO remember that the UK government is still populated by white upper class and beyond men mostly calling the shots, ladies, if you’re feeling even more alienated as we often are, seek out the female politicians who you respect, Caroline Lucas of the green party for example who is an avid feminist and keen supported of the 50:50 campaign is voting REMAIN. This should give you an idea of the caliber of people voting to stay.
IMMIGRATION: Our favourite buzzword of the discussion of the referendum, how to SOLVE immigration, how to STOP immigration how to PROTECT our country from INVASION. Even in these brandish terms, what exactly does this remind you of, America for example? As it’s been famously stated a fan of the leave campaign is Donald Trump, who is essentially an international joke. If you’d like to take his word against Caroline Lucas than be my guest, but I know where I would be punting my bets as to who has the best interest in a nation of people. And to clarify, immigration is not draining our economy. Look at the last year to give you an idea of where our finances are headed, that lead to the near resignation of our dear Prime Minister. When they want to find money to bomb other countries THEY FIND IT, if they wanted to find money for the working people of Britain, they would find it. Many immigrants that enter the UK, DO NOT GET ACCESS. They can be held in detaining centers, for up to two years and treated with conditions that are not necessarily in keeping with basic Human Rights. Often, then if they are granted access, they live on coupons, unable to handle legal tender, trading coupons for food and clothes, not even given the right to earn. Remember that we are amidst international travesty as despicable as the holocaust. We will remember how Britain closed its doors when we look into the eyes of grandchildren whose family were murdered, and spent their childhood trying to survive. We look back over 70 years ago to the tragedies happening in Europe and ask ourselves “how did it happen? How didn’t people know? Why didn’t they help” if you want to take that guilt into your elderly years then be my guest. I want to remember in my youth fighting for Human Rights, and the best interest of those trying to survive, not under a misguided ideology of restoring the rights of the working people of Britain.
EDUCATION: This is my absolute favourite. How money that we save from being part of the EU will be redirected back into he education system. Remember, our government is still headed up by a conservative government. A government that redirected the education system back into their own pockets. Don’t be so naïve as to think they are going to reverse any of that hard work, entirely ruining many working class people’s right to further education. Not to mention the funding cuts in schools, raising an army of enraged teachers who are working tirelesslessly in the face of cuts, trying to maintain a high level of education to our schools in the face of adversity. Many of our schools are now being turned into academies, there are already existing plans for the detriment of UK education that WILL go ahead, whether the money is there, or not.
ECONOMY: So leaving the EU will benefit the economy, it will benefit our already broken and corrupt economy? Please, how exactly? The scare mongering tactics blaming immigration for the lack of money to the working people of Britain is a fraudulent argument. In order to fix our economy, what we need is a reform to already existing practices to our working life, and the direction of money to those in need. How about instead of making a profit from the working people of England, we make it more sustainable to live here in the first place. Are travel costs going to be cheaper? No, because that was sold years ago to private entities, will the costs of living in our cities reduce? No, because again most of our property in London has been sold into the international market place, will our average living wage go up? Doubtful, because our model of working wages is still entirely flawed. We look at other countries, with a more balanced working model, and higher tax on imported goods (such as Alcohol, tobacco other substances) meaning that more money made in these sectors can be distributed more evenly (Norway is a good example of this, more expensive to visit, but to live there as soon as you are working and paid the living wage it evens out to a more sustainable cost of living) however, reforming this within the UK, risking Britain’s richest becoming less rich is far less of a probability. If you want to talk about how immigrants are ‘draining’ this countries economy I implore you to look at Britain’s richest instead, those companies paying no tax, meaning no money being distributed back into the economy. Instead of barrating these companies into paying their millions in overdue tax, the focus in laid onto people from war-torn countries trying to enter the country perhaps for a better life, to work, and to also save their families. It is corruption that is draining our economy; do not be fooled by the eye of Sauron facing the wrong direction. And no matter how much money we save, we can’t buy ourselves a fair and democratic government.
NHS- A topic many of us hold close to our hearts. Again, claims that the money we save will go back into our national health service. The cuts in the health service have already begun. Nurses, and doctors, most famously junior doctors this year being forced into working more hours for no more pay, risking tiredness and fatigue, that they themselves say is a danger to their working life, and a danger to their patients. In our family we know all too well the danger that the cuts to the NHS has caused, affecting a family member of ours directly who was given the job of up to 5 other people working in a clinic, because they were saving money on staff costs, causing a near fatal stress related incident. These changes will not go under miraculous reversal once we ‘save money’ from leaving the EU, where are the plans for this? Where are the very clear statements from our politicians of exactly how and where this money will be re-directed? The fact that our conservative government have shamelessly taken a topic so close to so many of us here in the UK, and used it to convince us it will be restored and rebuilt is an out and out exploitation of the better nature of British people and is not to be believed.
Yes it costs us to be part of the European Union, but the other spends of the UK could should also be up for analysis this is absolutely not our only option for a richer economy, for example excessive money going to Trident, money thrown into a pointless and fundamentally destructive weapon, that, if used, would also cause huge detriment to our planet, so the likelihood of nuclear weapons actually coming into action is low. If the money from Trident were re-directed back into our economy we would also be living in a far safer country. Instead, the government has chosen to bogart the EU discussions as way to grab more money for their own means. If the money going towards supporting unethical weaponry stopped we would be richer, if the capitalist companies paid their taxes, fairly as we as the working people of the United Kingdom do, we would have more money, if the Prime Minister, instead of earning money off the interest of a property, and hiding it an offshore account paid his taxes, we would have more money. If we turn our back on the EU we turn our back on trading, on EU laws that PROTECT the working people, and importantly a huge integral part of our culture. We are Europe, we are part of the continent of Europe, and we work under European guidelines, in a way that we are also welcomed into the international community. Leaving, does not make us strong, it leaves us vulnerable. Not from the outside but from the in, vulnerable to the hands of the corrupt leaders of our country. Vulnerable to the right wing nationalist who will take this as an opportunity to start making their mark. Vulnerable to the inability to leave when it starts getting really bad.
Whatever you do this week, read, learn, decide, and more importantly, VOTE. Don’t look back in twenty years time, at the huge detrimental affects happening in the country and think, why did I just stand by? Why didn’t I try? Why I didn’t I think it was worth fighting for. Because it is, and we are.