Best Before 2014.

Everything has a shelf life.

I’ve tried to keep this blog alive and have particularly struggled the last 12 months (giving up once already) or so but I think its time to finally admit to myself that it’s drawn to a possibly long overdue conclusion. I simply don’t have the time or inclination any longer to be able to keep it fresh or moderately interesting.

I never say never though. I may come back to it at some point in the future. But life is always changing and evolving and sometimes other commitments are more important. As I get older it’s harder and harder to get too upset or too happy about any particular subject or topic. Let’s face it; ‘I’ve seen it all before’ is a saying for a reason.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every person who has subscribed, read and commented here. I’ve appreciated everything more than I could express and you could ever know.

All my best, take care of yourselves and each other. And always remember the world aint so bad really. We’ve just gotta keep working hard at making it a much, much better place.

Peace and love,

Jay.x

 

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It still feels like limbo. What to do next?

Previously here I wrote in reaction to the result that had just happened and was extremely angry and drunk, thanks Brexiteers for that. It has taken me days to calm down inside, I simply cannot believe that England has so many unenlightened people who treated such a big decision as a one issue ballot. Its breathtaking in its ignorance and stupidity, and will remain that way for ever. History will certainly judge that vote as the day that Xenophobia won an election over what was actually good for the nation and its future. I know in my heart that people will cope and we’ll have to move forward and simply deal with all of the fall out but I doubt that this is an issue that is over and it’ll roll on for many more years to come. It’s just such an extraordinary thing to have happened and given that we now have no Prime Minster and a treacherous opposition in Labour with their ousting attempts on Jeremy Corbyn,

I’m angry at the total lack of a post Brexit plan. Why wasn’t there one? Surely if you fight an election campaign, like the one that we saw fought by the racists and the Xenophobes, you’d plan for your new British, white utopia, free from immigrants and global investment? But we’ve seen nothing and many politicians, including MEP Daniel Hannan, have spoken out that they simply didn’t have a plan because they didn’t expect to win. Hannan said on Newsnight, “Frankly, if people watching think that they have voted and there is now going to be zero immigration from the EU, they are going to be disappointed.”

Don’t fight for something you don’t want, because if you get it, you will have to own it and understand me, people will make sure each and every one of the Brexit leaders will be made to account from now onwards for what happens to this country, for good or bad. They have won a race they didn’t want to and now are shying away from ownership. If you ran a sneaky campaign that talked about immigration and then say that immigration actually won’t change anyway, and the decision to leave is simply about being outside of the EU, then you will be just as accountable to the voters who supported you, who don’t want that, as you are to those of us who didn’t want our membership of the EU to be ended.

It’s not David Camerons or George Osbourns fault, they campaigned to stay, and I strongly agree with Cameron’s decision to leave office and refuse to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The odds are that the next PM will be a Brexit supporter and its right that one of those clowns goes down in history as pressing the button, why should Cameron damage himself any further? He’s already allowed the referendum to happen in the first place (of all the manifesto promises to keep David), and he wanted to stay, I finally have some respect for him for as good as saying “Sleep in the shit-pile you made for yourselves, I’m done!”

Nigel Farage has been an outspoken critic of the EU for decades and so we already knew what his position and agenda was. We cannot argue that he wears his ideology and his opinions on his sleeve and so no one supporting him doesn’t already know what they are getting into or who they are dealing with, unless they are completely fucking stupid, which is also likely. We also have to remember what he represents and which party he is leader of. UKIP is the acceptable face of the right wing in the UK, the far right. I spoke previously about how they have stolen supporters from all parties by blaming ‘foreigners’ rather than each other and Farage is extremely good at being able to say what anyone, who is apathetic and wants to hear something different, wants to hear. He has made intolerance and blind, flag waving patriotism acceptable and the undercurrent of racism that exists in Britain has been a well that he has tapped into perfectly and the narrative of this campaign has seen his will and people’s ignorance come together and explode like a volcano of prejudice that has now leaked its intolerant magma into the streets and homes of us all, whether we wanted to be coated in its soul destroying heat or not.

The morning of the result this purple rosette wearing, frog faced, oxygen thief appeared on Good Morning Britain with the easy on the eye Suzanna Reid and a carbon based life form of little note called Piers. During their chat, Reid asked him about the £350m a week figure to which he admitted ‘it was a mistake to say that.’ This interview is worth watching, many of you will have seen it, as he as good as admits the Leave campaign was not a cohesive, coalition, because he says that the campaign wording was a mistake and says that it was also not his words or part of his campaign. Watch it. Its pitiful. It’s more proof that the lunatics saw a flag to wave, an agreeable protest they could shout about, and they just ran with it and the media just lumped them altogether as THE LEAVE CAMPAIGN. The ill-planned, ill-organised, ill-informed side won. They did it simply, with lies and deceit. Of course they have no plan, they are collection of idiots who got lucky with lies.

In May, Farage said “In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.” referring to a decision in favour of Remain. But when achieving just that with Leave he is keeping quiet and not calling for another referendum. He announced his intolerance with a close result before the votes were cast, and yet the Leave campaign are brutally critical of the Remain campaign being outspoken about the very same result. Win by a margin you disagree with is ok but lose by the same margin it’s unacceptable. Shut the fuck up, idiot. Remain are the ones saying what Farage said himself, “This is unfinished business, you pug ugly, racist cunt!”

We also now have a parliamentary petition, set up before the result in anticipation of a vote to Remain, by a Leave campaigner that has been hijacked by Remain for a second referendum. It’s a twist of irony very similar to Farage’s 52-48 unfinished business. The winners prepared for defeat, they had no plan to win and are now crying about the opponents doing everything that they had prepared for, another battle. The result was so close and all of the bullets the Remain side are now firing were made by the winners. Thanks for that. Its made life a lot easier for us, dickheads.

Maybe I should go into detail about all of the Leave voters who openly admitted they didn’t know what they were voting for or that they didn’t understand the facts, or just thought that a vote for LEAVE meant you could go down the road and knock on Mohammeds door and simply say, “We won, LEAVE!” but I won’t, its too bleak a path to tread at the moment given the rise in hate crimes and racism we’ve seen in the last five days.

And the simple fact that Remain protests in London were not reported by the BBC on its main news site, and only mentioned in brief on Newsbeat, is incidental of a public broadcaster that has a remit to fulfil that includes, ‘Shut up and do as you are fucking told!”

This aint over by a long stretch. The worse is yet to come.

To Be Continued, I’m sure.

Peace.

Note: I was talking about Brexit and the fallout today and I had to laugh at this comment by a colleague. It was said at the height of a conversation that was escalating quickly to give context, “It’s amazing we now want to send all black people back where they came from, given half a chance they wouldn’t be here anyway, didn’t we drag them all here from Africa at the barrel of a gun to do all of the work for free in the first place?” – I’m paraphrasing the comment and adding my own slant of course, but it has some truths. Work for free, now I’m rich, FUCK OFF is the establishments angle. How arrogant of us to include the word Great in our countries name. No ones moaning about immigrants when they benefit from it, and politicians can justify ill treatment of everyone by blaming them. That’s the oldest political trick in the book. Divide and conquer I think they call it and race and nationality is the simplest way to do it. They do it so we take the eye of the ball and don’t keep an eye on what they’re doing. Classic bullshit, that’s politics!

Europe is calling it ‘Black’ Thursday just to annoy the Brexit voters.

German Newspaper ‘Spiegel’ – “June 23, 2016 will go down in European history as Black Thursday, a day when a country succumbed to nostalgia and a yearning for freedom instead of following reason. Against the recommendation of a majority of its parliamentarians, against the advice of economists, politicians, academics, friends and allies around the world. It is a decision marked by national egocentrism, stoked by fear and world weariness, but it is nonetheless a democratic decision.”

After Leicester City overcame odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League is anyone that shocked that the 5-1 odds the bookies where offering yesterday on a Brexit being over whelmed too? Well I am, I’m feeling shock, the kind of shock felt when you hear of the death of a loved one you’d ignored and neglected for years then suddenly you realise you will never see them again. It seems to me that many people today have been taking it in their stride as if they don’t understand the magnitude of the decision to leave, which again makes me wonder if the same people knew what the hell they were voting for at all. Or maybe those people haven’t had it sink in yet, they have other things on their minds and want to get Euro 2016 or their upcoming summer holidays out of the way and deal with it later, don’t want anything to get in the way of life ay? Of course unemployment could affect those things eventually but at the moment nothing’s changed, everything’s fine, it’ll take years for the effect to kick in, right?

I doubt that will be the truth of this situation. Already leaders of the European Union are calling for the divorce to be as quick as possible. And I don’t blame them. You wouldn’t continue to live with a partner where irreconcilable differences had made one party hateful and made the other half pained and vengeful. Trade deals aren’t going to be redrawn, wound down, left to run out or renegotiated between in and out parties; they are going to be torn up. Of course Europe will want to trade with us but where they are trading with us as EU partners are now null and void and so deliveries of goods and services could simply end. A lot of people saying that won’t happen, but it will. Of course EU nations will deal with us, but not with any seriousness, and from a point of view of administration and paperwork it might be easier to put those deals the way of someone else who is still at the party having a good time, not outside smoking and moaning and wanting to go home.

The German car market is sometimes mentioned as an example of where the UK will trade with the EU, but their cars will be more expensive when tariffs are added and who’s going to be buying them in the UK? The British economy, in the short term is going to stagnate as companies sit on money, reduce spending to only essentials and will stop employing new people simply because they will wait and see how this decision will effect them, people are now watching the markets and the exchange rate of the pound versus the Euro and the Dollar. As a result pay will stagnate because no one is going to be getting a pay increase, well not the majority of worker ants running around doing all of the work. No one will be able to afford a new BMW, because they’ll be worse off year on year for the next two or three years at least. Their just isn’t enough millionaire businessmen and highly paid bankers to keep the German car industry alive in the UK. The Germans might chuck out the cars and knock down prices for a while just to get rid of already built stock, but whilst doing that they’ll be working on new markets within the EU. Any supplier deals the German car market has with the UK will disappear, Europe will change its supply chain because of Brexit and we’ll not even be bottom of the list to supply batteries or window wipers, we’re no longer viable partners or preferred partners, we’ve tore up the open market deal. And this can be applied to many other sectors too not just cars and not just on UK imports, exports too. The benefit of a common market – “Let UK Widgets Ltd sell us parts because their country gobble up our cars.” When we are harder to trade with on the outside and have less appetite through lower incomes to buy the products, why buy parts from us? Where is the mutual benefit? They owe us nothing now. And it works the other way too. We can’t say that we will continue to sell any products that we make that are also made elsewhere within the 27 nation trading block anymore because they will always favour the guys at the table over the guys pressing their faces against the window looking in, tapping occasionally to remind everyone they are still around. Like David Brent after he was made redundant from Wernham Hogg, we will just be embarrassing ourselves by pretending we are still wanted, needed or relevant. We can hang around for a little while but essentially everyone wants us to just fuck off.

David Cameron

The decision to hold a referendum on our future in Europe was a mistake, and that’s not hindsight talking, well it is a little, but given the rise of the far right in the UK over the last decade it was a mistake before this result too. Britain has always had a chip on its shoulder and we are all raised to believe we are bigger and better and more important than we think. “We used to have an empire the same size as ¼ of the entire globe, magna carta, we kinda invented America (we didn’t), we invented the TV (thanks Scotland), we have the rule of law (unless you’re Irish, ask the Birmingham ‘pub bombers’ about that), we invented football and concentration camps and we had great success with 50% of them (what an export!), we beat Hitler (with our allies and colonies, and I’m not being flippant towards OUR heroes, MANY heroes from MANY countries beat Hitler – they are ALL heroes), etc etc.”

When Scotland get independence and actually have a proper independence day we’ll have no tennis players so I can’t use that one and Greg Rusedski was Canadian and Tim Henman was just awful. We’re still good at cricket and science but cricket makes you fat because you are obliged to stop for three meals a day, one of which has pudding that contains five gallons of fresh cream, during a five day game and science in Britain is (was) heavily supported and governed by the European Union and the funding they take from us first and then legislate for, then give back to us, that is specifically for science stuff only, a situation that won’t happen now because our Tory government will scoff that cash up for quangos or just sit on it claiming poverty, I’m sure its only days before we see headlines claiming the £350m bullshit figure we are now saving, is being tied up in red tape and lawyers fees.

David Cameron made a pledge at the last General Election promising an in/out referendum on our membership of the European Union. He did that as a knee-jerk reaction to the sudden popularity of UKIP, lead by the ever-Admiral-Akbar-looking Nigel Farage. Cameron was scared that his votes were being mopped up, and they were being mopped up, by this fledgling replacement for his ever so redundant, right wing, directionless, selfish party of the rich and chinless. UKIP, a one policy party with thin secondary policies that were padding for the main policy, gained ground as all severely right wing parties do by convincing people of all political persuasions to join the new guys who have found the best way of appealing to your left or right leaning sensibilities by attributing blame not to each other but those pesky foreigners, and people believed them. Thirty years of apathy, and failure to address real concerns about immigration and poverty reduction in Britain was met with UKIP and the result was always going to be one winner. Want political change, appeal to all sides, not one or another. And given that, during those thirty years, education in Britain has suffered and been more watered down with “improve the pass rate with lower pass rates not better teaching” policies distributed through privately financed schools and academies privately owned by self interested groups that are largely religiously focused, privately funded and independent, and UKIP is what you get. Britain has, by its own apathy raised a population that hates the system and wants to see change. It’s self destruction. UKIP has fed on a clear mistake by governments gone by. Under-funding of state schools & privately funded schools has given us a population in its 20s and 30s that isn’t well educated and as a result of a lack of opportunities and knowledge has had the gap filled in minds, a need and want to learn, with tabloid headlines, propaganda from UKIP and anything, ANYTHING.

And this has been allowed to go on, under Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron. They have all played a part in allowing the UK to be where it is today. Anyone with any sense would’ve voted differently. You cannot blame people for voting, you cannot criticise democracy, it is what it is. But you can trace it all back and then it’s shameful and unacceptable and also too late. Some of us have known it for ages and have raised complaints, no one listens. Most people these days fill the gap in their knowledge and their innate need for input with smart phones, apps, push a button and get your satisfaction, TV reality shows where a man with a generic name like Dave or Boris or Justin or Simon is likely to win and everyone knows who they are. You ever had a chat at a water cooler and then you say “Justin” and someone jumps in and runs away with “Yeah he’s great, his voice is so good, I loved that Queen song he did, it was amazing, I want him to win, I voted, I voted twice actually, he’s gonna win and Simon Cowell is gonna be so rich cus its Christmas Number one for him, yeah, Justin, he’s my favourite” and you just say “Justin in accounts is getting Christmas number one? – What?”

Those are the minds who are among the voters. They vote for Russell Grant in Strictly Come Dancing, they vote in EU referendums because they only know it’s something to do with foreigners and mommy and daddy told them how Hitler bombed our Fish N Chip shops. Wunderbar!

David Cameron agreed to this referendum knowing all of this, knowing how the generations of people alive, to vote, had been sold down the river by past generations of politicians with their fluffy, empty policies that left the country a few IQ points lower year on year since the 1970s when we signed up for all of this. He assumed a few words in a general election campaign, to try and assure his re-election and defeat the far right, would be enough. He didn’t think that he was doing their work for them, he assumed he was saying what he needed to say in a situation to get what he wanted, and he did, but he left himself open to today’s result. He created Brexit, he gave birth to it, he short sightedly sold not just our European Union membership but the United Kingdom as a union down the river to win a second term that he has now forfeited.

He lied to Scotland, who voted to stay in the United Kingdom, in the EU, down the river. He has created a situation where Scotland wants a referendum and we don’t need to even give them a vote on independence a second time to know what the result will be. He has betrayed the people of Northern Ireland who are now even talking about a reunification of Ireland, something unthinkable just 24 hours ago and even might have to concede sovereignty of Gibraltar too. He has destroyed the United Kingdom to the point that the name of our nation, that has existed so long, is almost meaningless. David Cameron did that, his advisors, his team, his party, whoever. They are responsible for reducing the 5th biggest economy to a something that resembles a shattered egg. There is simply no rebuilding that can be done. I envy the Irish and the Scots the choices they still have. I don’t envy the twin-ity of England and Wales.

David Cameron already had his place in history simply by virtue of his status. Now he may go down in history as doing something that countless enemies, fascists and invaders simply couldn’t do with armies and that is destroy the United Kingdom. Because for all of the hate the Remain campaign might have, it was PM Cameron who announced, agreed and accepted the vote for Brexit.

Xenophobia

I believe that a man is worthy of judgement based on what he does and says, how he carries himself and what worth in good deeds he shows to his loved ones. All men are created equal we are taught by faith in schools and it’s the only bit of religion that has any worth. All men fuck things up of course, because they are men, and so are worthy of forgiveness, unless they fuck up the future of a country, then they have to live or die by the reaction of its populous. But that’s covered.

My working class, Black Country, experience of the Brexit debate has been far from what I would call sensible. Many people, and the result shows it, don’t like immigrants. In my own straw polling of people I meet, family members, friends and all the useless toss rags I get to see day to day through work I have gauged that somehow a Romanian picking cucumbers for a living on a farm in Cleobury Mortimer is taking valuable jobs from decent honest white men on the dole in Britain. The fact that those white men have never had any meaningful jobs or their longest ever period of employment was two weeks to please the job centre is irrelevant. Somehow they are being robbed of opportunities by a man, travelling hundreds of miles, to work twelve hours a day for minimum wage, speaking in a second language and not moaning about it.

I couldn’t work for minimum wage in Romania picking cucumbers or strawberries or whatever and speak Romanian. It would be hard work for me. And I’m an educated man who knows I need to just do what it takes to survive (that’s what it’s all about this life you know) without complaining too much. I couldn’t do it. But they do, and they are hated by professional dole-dossers, rich people who employ them in cucumber fields and tabloid newspaper editors who send reporters to do stories on them.

I don’t mind dole dossers. As long as they don’t spend their dole on beer, fags and John Bull outfits. I believe in a safety net, I believe in benefits, but the professional class of benefit scum in this country is part of the narrative that has lead us to today. I hate my job, its boring, meaningless work for a man of my intelligence but I do it solely for my benefit and the benefit of my family. We live, eat, pay the bills and don’t sleep in a ditch. I know that you do those things too but as you do I have my pride to keep me warm. On the dole at 40, never had a job – you have no pride. Gimme a call, I’ll find you a job, you might have to get up before 12pm but I’ll do it, it might be shit but you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror every day.

Like I said, safety net, not lifestyle choice. You dole around for a few years if you like, don’t bother my ass, but long term, you are the problem, not the immigrants. Stop voting against them. Stop blaming them for taking a job you don’t want. When they all go home the Tories will make you do that shit, you haven’t thought this through have you?

You can be racist if you like, but when you get what you want, you gotta step up. There will be nowhere to hide when England and Wales come calling and you say “Oh immigration, no jobs” and the system says, “You voted to fuck them all off so we need you to man the threshing machine at 6am for £4 an hour.”

See what you did idiot classes? You fucked yourself, and their will be no European Union to protect, yo ass!

Play FTSE

The balance of power was in the hands of the older generation who decided to destroy economic certainty and stability on that front with a vote for leave. Fair enough, it’s your pensions that are index linked to share prices, mine will recover if I’m old and alive enough to claim it when I’m 75 which I won’t be, that is a fact you can bank for sure. Ladbrokes won’t even let me bet on that. They are right to do so.

The uncertainty on the market is reasonable but also a social media dream. When you live second by second on twitter the idea of the FTSE ever gaining again is impossible as it falls. Twitter is like watching commentary on the erosion of the mountains, everyone is right and wrong all at the same time because nothing is happening. But plenty of well delivered comedy one liners will keep people retweeting for hours.  I am guilty of all of the crimes in this paragraph, sue me.

We left Europe, we haven’t left capitalism and for good or bad, richer or poorer, the markets are going to be their. Don’t worry about the FTSE100 index, it has little to do with the UK it’s just an international channel, low on any regulation for all kinds of insidious and nefarious currency and investments to grow and move on. That scheme is going nowhere, and tax free. Where’s you’re £350m a week going again? The NHS? Stuff the beds at New Cross doctors, we want this average, poor person comfortable…

Personal Effects

The referendum will inevitably leave me without income. The slow burn to death of my employment is guaranteed by it and the lack of future forsight of the people I work with and for. They say the usual, frightening things that they always do but really care little about the units that have made them rich. I’m OK with that. Mostly because I felt I was a pointless unit way before Brexit, this just gives them the situation to justify it. So I will continue to lobby the case and they will continue to lobby the case and the case will end up in a canal with my corpse in it, and the corpses of all of my colleagues, thank God for that. No one wants to sink into the briny, silt, folded like a letter, alone.

I joke of course, I work for good old fashioned salt of the Earth people, who will make me dig my own grave before kneeling down next to it and waiting for the muffled shot of a six shooter. Quick and easy, they owe me that, what good privileges we have ay? Are you jealous, you should be.

Expect Us.

The vote leave campaign have given themselves a big job. They have unemployed themselves as MEP’s, they have drawn the country from the European Union, they have won their debate and they are now dealing with all sides of an argument and positions they created.

They have also put themselves in the spotlight, made promises and raised their profiles and agenda. They are accountable. They created this situation. For good or bad. They are now being watched. The people who voted for them expect, the people who didn’t vote for them expect what they promised with irony and anger that they can’t. You silly fuckers are accountable now. You can’t blame the EU anymore. So where is Britain? Our better Britain? Where is Scotland? Where is Northern Ireland? Where is the £100m for the NHS every fucking week? You haven’t thought this through have you? You never thought you’d win and you did and you made no plans for it at all. Roulette wheel politics, sometimes it fucks people up, thanks for playing roulette with my future. You bunch of cunts.

You have only yourselves to blame, not us.

“The UK voted for this, the PEOPLE decided” that isn’t enough. You took us for cunts, took us for granted, directed the fools.

Where is our £350m a week and where is it going? You know that figure is a lie and it will haunt you as this country demands its £350m extra a week. Can you provide it, no you can’t.

Make it up as we go now. Dance an un-merry jig of failure. We had something good and lost it. Oh well.

This is this. And it really is this. Fucking ridiculous.

Peace.

You Rope If You Want To, I Rope when I EU.

Too many lies have been spoken about our position in Europe, our new position in Europe if we stay and the benefits of not being in Europe at all. So on the eve of the referendum to decide the entire future of our country and it’s standing in not only Europe but the World, my words are merely wasted moments, and time spent doing something when I could’ve been doing something else or doing nothing which is preferable.

But I feel so strongly about the breathtaking election that we have had forced upon us by domestic bigots, racists and selfish, self interested pricks from political movements that play to the lowest common denominator, to write these words.

We are, and have been for many weeks and months now tightrope walking politically. Our Prime Minister, who I’ve hated since his inception in his role, is my ally on this argument and it annoys me. It annoys me because he’s so awkward and untrustworthy with his facts and figures and truths, but not as annoying as the Brexiteers, or cunts as I call them, have been confident and outgoing with the utter lies, deceit and unqualified, undiluted bullshit that they have ladled on to the people of this country through the tabloids and TV media that they own or have access too.

What angers me is the sovereignty debate. We are a sovereign nation, inside the EU. We elect representatives to the EU parliament; and despite the ‘policy people’ in Europe being 28 people nominated to a committee by 28 parliamentary democracies of 28 countries, with no direct powers themselves; all of their policies are passed on to our elected representatives in Europe for rubber stamping before becoming compelling ideas that we choose to accept into law; we are told that the EU is undemocratic, its not. Don’t hate the rule makers, hate the governments that you elect, that elect them, who then let elected Euro MEP’s, who we elect, vote on their ideas.

The UK takes advice from its own parliament which is elected by its own people, the EU and individual sovereign nations in Europe (that too are all sovereign, democratic entities), before accepting laws that are rubber stamped in European Union ‘law’ by people, MEP’s, who we elect. And yes granted, we only elect our own officials and some of the decision makers are from France or Belgium or German et al, but they too have the same situation, where decision makers are from Italy, Britain or Poland. That for me is the crux of the anger and fear for bigots, they say “The French are making laws for us” without even considering for a second that Britain is also making laws for them, through elected representatives. It’s so basic when spelled out that it’s laughable, that’s why I point it out here. Many Britain’s think we are passive members of a group of countries that tell us what to do, when we are just a member of a group of nations that we can already effect as much as they can effect us. But I guess racists, nationalists and bigots can’t gain any benefit from knowing we are just as much a problem as a solution in the situation.

The UK is the 5th biggest economy on Earth, a top seat table sitter at NATO and the United Nations, a military powerhouse internationally, a financial monolith only bettered by New York and currently the only country in Europe with a deal that sees a tidy rebate, it’s own currency over the Euro and an exclusion from the Schengen Agreement that means we already are excluded from the free movement of people throughout the European Union. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal already and in return all we get are human rights, workers rights and health and safety rules that we never had or would have had under our own rule, certainly not as defined and protective of the individual.

And yet a bunch of radical and foolish nationalists, who are already millionaires and have the means to take care of themselves, decided that this was not a good enough deal and so used the freedoms that we extend to them in the democracy that we all cry so loudly about, to form a coalition of individual politicians from all parties as well as ridiculous political movements such as UKIP, to drive us out of the European Union because they think that we spend too much on the European Union, all based on lies and false figures, just so that they (we?) can spend that money saved on projects that they would never, ever even consider after an exit from Europe, they won’t invest in the NHS! But they say they will because they want to con us all into thinking they can achieve some ideological position where the United Kingdom is now “free” and “fair” from “Johnny foreigners dictate” so that we can build a “utopian society” that is frankly unreal and beyond unlikely.

They want to isolate the country from markets it relies on, from allies we’ve had for eighty years, jeopardise our economic future as well as the current mutually beneficial business ties we already have in Europe, jettison a free trade of goods and services in favour of flag waving to the rest of the world, just to prove a point that the rose tinted spectacles they have of how the UK once was, when it ruled the world (at the barrel of a gun by the way) and had an empire and was actually important. They want and think that is still relevant. It may be to their own personal, ridiculous ideology of the way things ought to be, but its dinosaur politics in a much more evolved time. They scream about the fear of foreigners despite being descended from foreigners or married to them or just scared of them (probably because they know they can do a better job than they can) but it doesn’t stop them shouting loud and hard just in case a few ignorant or idiotic voters are within earshot, gotta get those votes where you can!

I just feel that the louder a politician has to shout the more desperate his claims are. Make a case that is sensible and people will buy it on its merits, shout and scream and lie with a bare face and you’ll get no where. The louder you scream, the more questions people ask along the lines of ‘Why is he having to shout so loud?”

If the Leave Campaign had made a sensible, reasoned argument, just once, I’d have stopped and considered it. But they haven’t. I’m open to suggestions and facts if they are facts. I could vote to leave just as easily as anyone who is determined too but I can’t and won’t based on the campaign we’ve seen. Its been lies, lies lies on the Brexit front from day 1. And I don’t want to exonerate the Remain Campaign, they’ve dropped the ball and talked shit too on occasion, but they’ve dropped nothing like the endless and continuous lies that the Leave Campaign have and when I hear a campaign of lies I see a campaign I cannot support. It would be treason in a debate like this to support such bullshit.

I fear what we’ve lead ourselves into and where it may take us. But I hope that we vote to remain and hopefully, if we do, as the only nation in the EU to hold such a referendum it strengthens our hand. Because if we remain after such a vote we can only be empowered because no other member of the European Union will be able to stand up and say, we endorse the union in 2016 with a vote by our people, the rest are still endorsing the 1970s, 80’s etc.

Nothing like this has happened before in the EU. It may not again but if we leave it could start a chain reaction amongst nationalists that could destroy the EU and leave us with an uncertain future.

Let’s not forget, us Europeans have a history of falling out. But it would be good to do any rowing diplomatically as one, rather than risk any of those pesky wars we used to have. Remember? Remember when millions of people died for nothing but someones short term thinking and ideology? Want that again? Do you?

I thought the bad old days were behind us.

And I still hope they are.

We are Europe, I am European, British, English and Yam Yam all at once. I hope I can say I’m still European at the close of play today. Together we are stronger and so is the future. I hope my great country isn’t scared of being friends with buddies, old adversaries, who forgive us and apologise all at once, for the past with handshakes and warmth; that could easily be poison tomorrow.

It’s up to us now. Make your vote count. I hope you’re with me.

Peace…

Pointing fingers leaves the fingerless out and ignores the actual issues.

 

So a guy walks into a nightclub in Orlando and shoots fifty people dead with guns he obtained legally.

Sounds like a line from a sick joke that no one wants to hear. Cus it would be shit. What’s the punch line? “And they turned out to be fifty Englishmen and the Asian guy who did it was upping the anti in reply to the fifty weird things the Irishman and Scotsman did.”

Well, the recent massacre of innocent people in America has shocked anyone with decency and hope of a better tomorrow. It sure has. It seems that if you are that way inclined, and you are Muslim you can act with impunity to further a narrative of fear and hate and tag yourself to a sickness in this world without any link to it other than your own selfish fear of people who are different to you, just so you can justify it.

I can identify two issues in a terrible event like this, the criminal act and also the need to justify it by the perpetrator so that they might have some meaning to someone, somewhere who will uphold their actions as justifiable. The killer is a selfish ass-hole, plain and simple. A dyed in the wool cunt who cannot justify his own failures in life so he takes the lives of people who offend him with their own openness and honesty with themselves and the world. He’s a disgusting cunt who would’ve been better off aborted by his mother and fanny farted into a Petri-dish for incineration. He is but a cunt of a being who cannot be called human. He’s not anything but that. Not anything else. Fuck him.

I can’t begin to imagine what life is like if you are a person of the Muslim faith living in the West. I get sick of hearing how Muslims are our enemy and how they are attacking our way of life. Our way of life, is their way of life. People, whoever the people, want to work, want a home, want a family, and want the freedom to spend spare time doing what they want. Some of us play Xbox, some of us drink, some us go to Mosque, but we all want a peaceful environment and a safe place to do it all in. Some of us actually go to Mosque and play Xbox, it’s not a mutually exclusive deal at all. I’m just sick and bored of all of the pigeon holing.

I’m not a Muslim but I know Muslims are like me. They hold different beliefs of course, but at the basic level we’re all the same. I’m as bored of people killing in the name of Islam as they are. And they are. Muslims are sick and tired of death and destruction in their name. Muslims are not the enemy of anyone, they are people. They are people who are trying to live their lives. We cannot continue with the ridiculous, divisive narrative of separation that sees people with a Koran under their arm as the enemy. It’s fucking stupid. If the 2.5m Muslims in Britain were our enemies we’d be looking at civil war, but we aint, surely if you’re a bigot or a racist you have to ask why? And the answer is so simple it makes you look stupid for wanting to ask it, they are watching X Factor with you, not plotting the end of the world. It’s fucking simple. They eat chips, they watch football and they queue and moan about the weather.

And so I return to what I opened with, the Orlando massacre that has made global headlines with its senselessness.

It’s a hate crime and its terrorism, neither one or another, it’s simply both. Terrorism is born out of ideology, often a sick political ideology as all terrorism is, and is targeted at a group that they disagree with and hate. Terrorism has no religion, it never has. It’s been labelled in the last few decades but really it is a warped idea that latches on to something tangible in the real lives of real world people to try and gain some justification and traction. But is largely ignored by many people that are unfairly connected to its poisonous attempts to be righteous simply by the association the terrorists try to give it.

I sometimes wonder if I’m the only white, working class, atheist, male that thinks like this. Largely everyone I know opposes my point of view. They consider it some wishy-washy, liberal, weak point of view. Which of course angers me only privately because I’m too awkward and quiet to shout about their ignorance to their faces for fear of having to have a stand up fight about an idea or an opinion; that would just be ridiculous and is simply beneath me and anyone I dare question despite how much they insisted on stamping on my throat.

I think that’s the difference between the right and the left, the level of swearing, contempt and violence. I suppose it goes with the territory. It’s a kindness I suppose because the silent anger of liberals everywhere would cause more damage than the in your face, me-me-me, selfish, bullshit, anger that we see in the world today causing so many deaths, so much destruction to individuals, families, communities and countries, these selfish pricks would end the world as we know it given half a chance.

If only liberals could harness that anger, in an acceptable way, we’d see a better world. One where your faith is not the headline but the crime you committed backed up by nothing than that crazy ideology you subscribed to on the back of being a bit annoyed with your own self and station in life.

It’s a difficult situation for liberals and Muslims alike in 2016. Change one mind at a time, with hope, is all we have. We need to up our output and change the world for the better because at the moment it’s on a path of self-destruction because the weak minded, comfort zone, social media and apps that deliver food dickheads are winning and they think everything is fine… and getting better with every bullet, bomb and torturous death.

Cunts.

The world is full of them. But we can’t let them win.

Peace.

Send the buggers back, put up the shutters, and die.

 

Let the nationalists win, because that’s all the EU debate is about, will the racists and nationalists win?

It’s not about economics, public services or the future. It’s a game of poker between the dinosaurs and the future. A battle of ideas.

Are we an idea that can be marketed in The Sun or the Guardian?

Britain gave the world the modern style of free and open parliamentary democracy, co-operation and hope for all people to maintain freedom.

A vote about the future of everything has become a debate about immigration and a vote about the cult of celebrity when it should be a debate about the facts, the future and the effects of staying in or leaving.

I’ve never seen a more foggy debate about anything.

Lies, bullshit, self interest and fear rule. But only so that people of weak mind and undecidedness are commodities available right up until the last second before the ballot box opens.

People need to do their own research or sell this country down the river because of lies, bullshit, self interest and fear.

Europe isn’t our enemy.

Well not yet anyway.

Don’t cry, you can always move to Europe when things get tough when we are isolated and independent to let the Tories have absolute power. Man! We’ll make even North Korea look like a more attractive place to live.

Peace….. hahahahahaha. We can dream.