Ever Closer Union

120216_evercloserunionblog-556x359At this time of writing, I am starting to wonder if the days of the EU are numbered. Aside from being old enough to draw parallels between the EU and the USSR, I can point to two other reasons why ever closer union is a distinctly bad idea that’s likely to fail.

The goal of drawing closer to our European neighbours seems to be a chalice of the left, who claim that diversity is a good thing. I take diversity to be the celebration of difference. But what exactly is going to happen if all those different cultures mix up and impose themselves on each other?

The answer, as I see it, is that the differences will gradually disappear and the very diversity the left claim to honour so much will cease to exist. Therefore, I put to the House that maintaining borders is the way to preserve diversity.

The logical endgame of this orchestrated entropy would be monoculture, not multiculture.

So the left are (or might be) fighting the wrong war. If they like diversity so much, they should be championing borders rather than condemning them. Maybe I have this all wrong and they want to obliterate themselves, while projecting their self-loathing onto the right. It’s the right who get called racist, after all, when what I see myself as is as a champion of self-determination. Just something to think about.

So that’s my first point. My second point is that there is another example of a forced union that went south: Yugoslavia.

When I was growing up, I knew Yugoslavia as a single entity. I had no idea it was an amalgam of several countries. Interestingly, when the union split, it did so not only along territorial borders but along lines of ethnicity. The break-up happened because of political union, not in spite of it. Surely everyone remembers the ethnic cleansing that went on in those days, perpetrated against those who had settled in the wrong areas. It wasn’t that long ago.

I thought it was terrible at the time. Now I see how it can happen. I perceive the mood in the UK to be tense on this front. I can see the motivation for what happened in Yugoslavia. Not saying I approve of it; just that I understand it.

The break up of the EU (read: forced integration) doesn’t seem to be limited to the UK. France may not have elected Le Pen, but she got close. Germany only just formed a government after a September election with AfD gaining ground, Hungary has had enough of migrants and is openly defiant of EU rules, even Poland is sympathetic and Catalonia wants out of Spain. This is just from memory. There are probably other separatist sentiments elsewhere.

If Catalonia were to break away from Spain, or another country voted to leave the EU, the Brexit negotiations will start to look like we’re rearranging the furniture on the Titanic.

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Stuck in the middle

170410_FASCISM_Brexit.jpg.CROP.promo-largeI’ll never forget the flailing of the liberal left after their defeat at Brexit, like the Third Reich, who were convinced they could still win the war, even when the Allies were a few streets away. However, the liberal left could not concede defeat; they just had to kick and scream. Because that’s the way to lose gracefully. They lead by example.

So, over 50% of the country decided to give the elites a kicking. I’ve made no secret I’m one of them, but why, really?

Yes, it’s true I think immigration is (in 2017) out of control in the UK and that I think Brexit could put a chokehold on it. But, having been asked about my decision to leave more times than I can now count, it’s caused me to think more deeply about the decision. I do not regret the choice. I’m simply more convinced that it was the right choice to make.

The thing is, I aspire to be one of the middle class. I’ve done everything in my power to get there and, for a time, it looked like I was well on course. However, I was trying to live my best years under the Blair Regime, which seemed to have a penchant for kicking the ladders out from under those who wanted to better themselves [Anyone remember the simulataneous talk of “social mobility”, yet “profit” strangely becoming a dirty word? That]. Despite doing everything that was expected of me (and I consider myself to be a hard worker), things like promotion always seemed to be just out of my grasp.

I gradually came to the conclusion that I was being kept in my place. Now, running as fast as one can to stay exactly where you are is fine up to a point. But a) I need to put food on the table like everyone else, b) I’m trying to improve my standard of living, not merely maintain it and c) a person can only be resilient for so long.

At the time, I had no major beef with the EU, but it started to dawn on me that my support of it was feeding the very system that was keeping me in my place. In other words, it dawned on me that I couldn’t be middle class and support the EU; to do so was putting my stamp of approval on not being able to “climb the ladder”.

So, faced with the referendum, I saw the choice as not only to leave or remain, but also to “kick the elites” or “resign yourself to not getting anywhere”.

Now, past counting day and the result that surprised everyone, myself included, I honestly thought the top echelons of our society would take note and the status quo would change. The liberal-left national tantrum was just the entertainment while the grown-ups got on with the important stuff. Or so I thought. So what’s really happened?

As of now, politically, it would seem, not very much at all. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this. That last election was a mistake and I knew it the moment it was announced. Furthermore, we do spend a hell of a lot of time debating and re-debating and never really getting much done. So it’s not that great a shock.

What’s surprised me is the number of firms now saying they’re going to relocate to stay in EU territory. This is something I didn’t see coming. On one hand I can see a reasoning behind it, but it also looks a lot like a punishment; a high-level version of the national tantrum if you will. In other words, after Brexit, I still won’t get a deserved promotion. I’ll just be slapped back even harder.

So, yes, I’m glad I gave the elites a bloody nose. If this is what they’re like, they can move to the EU. It might be hard in the short term, but in the long term I might just make an opportunity of it.

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The Unreactive Right

french_elections-1024x578As I write this, Macron has just been elected President of France. This wasn’t exactly the outcome the Brexiters were hoping for. But I do note a huge difference in the reaction between how the left and right behave in the face of defeat. In less than 12 months, I have had the pleasure of witnessing both.

In the case of Brexit, and as I’ve noted in a previous entry, the left were beside themselves at the result. I saw social media postings ranging from simmering anger to borderline murder ideation.

In the case of President Trump’s election, people really were getting beaten up for voting the wrong way.

In both of these cases, it was often said that, had the vote gone the other way, the reaction would have been nowhere near as vocal nor as violent. While I suspected this was most likely true, it remained unproven. Until now, that is.

Of course, there have been past elections where a “centrist” candidate won. However, this latest election comes so close to an opposite win elsewhere that the reactions of each side sit nicely in recent memory.

Sure, there has been some reaction to Macron’s win, but all I’m seeing are quotes from media figures, such as Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins. The actual “hate” seems to come from the left. It seems quite blatant now. I’m not seeing any organised marches, saying “Le Pen is my President”, as happened when Clinton lost. Has anyone heard of a campaign shouting about the ignored 34%? Somehow I doubt it.

So it seems the Right are more civil in accepting the outcome of a democratic election. The Left, on the other hand only appear to be able to hold it together when things go their way.

There’s an age-group I associate with this kind of behaviour. But that’s the only ad-hominem thing I’ll say.

It was a fair election.

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When you can’t say it with flowers…

images.duckduckgo.com…say it with a juggernaught.

That’s what’s been happening in London, Berlin, Paris and, most recently at this time of writing and until the next encounter with the religion of peace, Stockholm. For so peaceful are they, that they have to show their love for our culture in a really big way; something that can’t fail to make a massive impact. And what can make a bigger impact than a truck, lovingly wrapping itself around an unsuspecting bystander?

Sometimes I feel I’m missing something. It seems that only the liberal left are able to see how these acts are an expression of peace and love. Every time this subject comes up, they seem to be the only section of our society who can see this. The burden to explain between the lines that a peaceful religion has to mow down innocent bystanders to show how loving it is always falls to the libtards. It must be tiring and exhausting to have to reiterate this point over and over again, when those who protest and wish it would stop are stubbornly racist, fascist bigots.

We must become more self-loathing. This is key. Unless we do so, western civilisation and, by extension, our culture and way of life, might persist.

The libtards are gaining some ground, however. By holding candlelit vigils in which they ruthlessly do nothing, shockwaves get sent that can really change the way the world is run. And hashtags? They’re so powerful, I don’t know where to start. This is how to bring about change; do nothing. That ought to show ’em.

images.duckduckgo.comBut I’m confused about those crowds that make heart symbols with their hands and hold them up to the sky. Who’s side are they on? Are they showing they can stop a truck by adopting a special pose? It can’t be that, because then who would need traffic lights? Just have love-ins at every junction. Are they trying to show the religion of peace that they ‘get’ the love? It might be that. Perhaps they ‘feel loved’ as a result of these attacks? Possibly that too. Maybe a combination of the two. Maybe something I’ve not realised yet.

But I do know one thing: Until someone can explain this to me in words of one syllable, I don’t think I will ever understand the west’s reaction to this.

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Aftermath of the EU Referendum

britain_outSo the results are in from the EU Referendum and I have to say I’m somewhat surprised. I was a ‘vote leave’, but I didn’t think it would really come to fruition. I got the result I wanted; I think the UK is strong enough to go it alone. But I also thought the remain camp would attract more votes. So, even though I got what I wanted, I was taken aback by it.

The future will always be there and does not need to be considered right at this very minute, but what’s happening in the present is interesting and revealing.

I started 24th June 2016, walking to the tube like any other day, but with a feeling of freedom. I felt de-shackled. I felt like my vote finally counted for something. The world was in colour. But then the first point at which I noticed something was wrong was when I stopped off for breakfast on the way to the office at around 07:00 that morning. Everything was normal until around 07:01 when someone stood next to me and proceeded to vocalise about how bad the result was and that the lunatics were now running the asylum. On the 15-minute walk from the station to my office I caught snippets from four more conversations, all of which were about the result. And not talking about it in a favourable light.

Throughout the day, I kept an eye on social media and that’s when the trend really became apparent. Those who voted to remain were not only complaining, but actually getting very angry indeed. Those who voted to leave were keeping pretty quiet. In my circle, I know more or less who voted which way, or can at least make a reasonable guess.

So where am I going with this?

I realise I’ve left it to paragraph 6 to make my point, but here it is. There’s been a lot of speculation about why the polls have been getting it wrong. In the 2015 election, the prediction was for a hung parliament. In this 2016 referendum, the general prediction was for a remain win. In both cases, the more conservative side won out. Are these voters lying to the polls? Are they refusing to respond? Either way, what I’m seeing is that the ‘liberal’ (and that word deserves its own post) viewpoint is the only one that’s now acceptable to declare. Those with more moderate and conservative views are choosing to keep quiet.

eu_break3Now the ‘liberal’ voters have been given an unmistakeable slap in the face (and I feel particularly good about that). They’re not used to being challenged, when they should be – regularly. And they certainly don’t like to be wrong. But they deserve the shock. Why? I’m tired of being told debate is healthy, only to be shut down when I try to have one. I’m tired of being told I’m racist when I express concerns about immigration. I’m tired of talking to ‘liberals’ who are not tolerant at all, but merely peddling a new form of intolerance (again, separate post probably required). From them, I hear just as much ‘hate speech’ as from those they seek to destroy. The Labour Youth has come of age and now they have to face Real Life.

At first I must admit I found the Facebook postings I was seeing a little threatening. Then, after lunch, I started to realise the liberal left were hurt and were being pretty bad losers about it. When I vote for the side that loses, I, and others like me, tend to take it on the chin. But look at the result when the other side lose! My Facebook feed looks like a room full of X-Factor rejects. Some of the language I’m seeing is incredible. I can’t believe much of it is making it past the moderators.

So we have a Leave result but the majority of the debate about how bad it is. It seems conservative voters keep to themselves. There’s no need for them to shout about everything. Every cross on a ballot paper is the same colour.

But the ‘liberal left’ now have some soul searching to do. This could mark the point at which it becomes apparent that all their bluster doesn’t really amount to anything when it comes to crunch time. It also shows that it doesn’t affect those with more moderate views. We’re quite happy to watch you blow off steam, content with the knowledge that steam is really just hot air. It should also now be apparent that threatening us (see Obama: going to the back of the queue) can backfire. [Actually, on that note, I’m quite happy to go to the back of the queue for trade with America as long as they’re happy to go to the back of our queue for war partners.] But shutting down the debate to force people to align with your narrow ideologies appears to be ineffective.

Try some British spirit instead. It won’t kill you. You’ll end up knowing your neighbours. You’ll learn how to change a tyre, catch a fish, sew on a button and think for yourself. You’ll be surprised at how independent you’ll feel.

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EU Referendum

BrexitSo we finally have a referendum in the pipeline and, in my view, it’s been a long time coming. Honestly, I didn’t really think we’d even get this far. I’ve become so used to seeing the big two parties promise one thing and deliver either something else or nothing at all.

But, this time, we appear to actually be getting a delivered promise, which feels unprecedented in British politics, since the time of Thatcher. She may not have been popular, but at least she delivered on what she said.

Personally, I decided on which way to vote when Blair was still in power and that’s because the foremost issue that I hope to resolve with this referendum is that of immigration. I’m not ashamed to say it. Cameron might have been able to negotiate some reforms, but I look at what he came home with and, quite frankly, find it to be an insult to my intelligence. He hasn’t managed to close the borders, many of the proposals were diluted and we’re still going to be paying for the dependents of immigrants! I really don’t understand why we should have to pay for the life choices of someone in a foreign country.

Furthermore, the levels of immigration are, and have been, simply too high. I can’t drive down the street as easily as I used to, or access public services without having to endure a wait because there are either too many people competing with me, or the person serving can’t speak English. Why should I have to simplify what I’m saying in the very country where English should be the mainstream? Don’t talk to me about diversity being great, because it isn’t so great if it comes at the expense of not being able to function as a native. If the one country you call home is starting to feel alien, where’s the advantage? If you can’t speak English to a high standard, you’re not native and don’t tell me that you are.

150511_BrexitI’m actually a little surprised we weren’t offered a more hardline concession on the immigration front when Cameron went on his jolly. With the influx of refugees flooding the continent, the nations to which we are appealing can finally know what it feels like to have your culture diluted and people threatened and intimidated. Surely now, they know we weren’t kidding. No longer can we be told to do our bit, when countries like Germany raise the drawbridge within a few days of lowering it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about immigration, it’s that there is a correlation between excessive numbers of immigrants and a disregard for the host culture.

Secondly, I’ve always thought we were never really welcome in the EU, anyway. Coverage of EU summits and meetings of leaders always seemed to leave me with the impression that the UK wasn’t really regarded as a real member. We never joined the Euro. Or Schengen. And we’ve already had a crack at negotiating our way out of certain policies. We might as well be on the way out. Saying that the EU is better with us is like deluding yourself that you’re really welcome at a party where everyone secretly thinks you’re a bit weird.

Furthermore, I don’t believe we voted for what we’ve been given. As I understand it, we voted to join a trading bloc. But instead we’ve ended up with the beginnings of a super-state. How did this happen? I don’t think enough people are talking about this.

So let’s get the hell out of Europe and stop the continuation of this degeneration. If you’re worried about how the country will fare after we leave, I wouldn’t be. Take a step back. It’s not exactly faring particularly well right now. We can only improve. There will always be jobs to be done and people to trade with. If you think a split would represent a step back, remember the country was a whole lot more pleasant before mass immigration. Being able to speak good English to anyone is now something of a luxury. If you’re too young to remember such a time, I pity your lack of life experience (and maybe this vote isn’t for you), as being in possession of the big picture is a great thing when it comes to casting an important vote like this.

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Four million to one

proportional_representationSo the dust has settled from the General Travesty Election 2015. Let’s take a quick look at how things panned out. We have the Conservatives in power, with Labour trailing surprisingly far behind. That’s what “neck and neck in the polls” means, apparently. Not that I’m too bothered, since, personally, I’d rather be rear-ended by the Conservatives than by Labour. This is mainly down to a personal preference; I just felt that Labour were more inclined to bring in laws (at an alarming rate) that made criminals of ordinary people (for example, trainspotters being viewed with suspicion of being terrorists – not that I am one, but trainspotters are pretty harmless, surely), whereas the Conservatives are less inclined to do this, which is my preferred person-to-government relationship style. Life became a bit of an eggshell-walk under the last Labour regime.

Anyway, I digress. I wanted to talk about the numerics of the results.

The Conservatives managed to get 331 seats with 11,334,576 votes in an election that had (on average) a 66.1% turnout. That works out to be about 34,250 votes per Conservative MP.

Now, take Scotland. They have 59 constituencies at this time of writing. That’s 59 seats in parliament to represent 5,313,600 people, according to the 2011 census. The SNP have 56 of those seats. Assuming an even distribution of people (for the sake of making this calculation easier), that’s about 90,000 people per constituency. So the SNP represent 5 million people (the population of the UK is about 63.1 million) and yet they have 8.6% of the say in the House of Commons. And it only took 1,454,436 votes to achieve that. That’s 26,000 per seat for them.

And what about UKIP? 3,881,099 votes and only one seat? So 6% of the population is represented by 0.15% of the seats in the House of Commons. That doesn’t sound fair to me. Given that 30.6 million votes were cast, UKIP should now have about 82 seats. That would be a lot fairer, I think.

So, many people cast votes that ended up not counting towards the final outcome. I wrote this because I was really lamenting the UKIP representation issue, but it does apply to all parties, whether it works in their favour or not. The SNP have more representation than they deserve and UKIP have less.

So UKIP require 4 million votes to get one MP? Whereas the Scots get 53 MPs with only 1.5 million votes.

flying_pigSurely, this conclusively proves we need to overhaul the voting system? If we moved to proportional representation, no vote would be wasted. And we might even see higher turnout because the public could come to appreciate that.

But let’s not forget that the Conservatives, and probably Labour, would not table a motion to effect such a radical change. They would want to continue with a system that allowed them to retain their majority and the current two-party system. But the House of Commons now, and for the next five years, does not accurately reflect the will of the British people.

As a side note, it’s worth pointing out that the Conservatives are trying to push through a Bill that will make strikes illegal unless 50% of union members turn up to vote for it. So they’re quite happy to reform one voting system, but not another – because taking these actions helps them and only them. Clearly, we have not quite grasped fairness in our democracy. The concept of electoral reform is, therefore, clearly on their radar, but it remains to be seen whether they will reform the one system most people care about.

So what can we do? Well, ‘nothing’ is probably not an option. But any action taken might take some effort to amount to anything. We can sign petitions all day and get it debated in the House of Commons, but the problem is that there are not enough voices in parties that would support something like Proportional Representation to get something like that through. We are faced with a catch-22 situation in which we need to elect enough MPs from parties like UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens to speak up for it first, and then go mad on petitions. In other words, we need to swing a cat before we can have a vote on swinging a cat.

So it looks like we’re stuck. Unless someone has any other ideas. But personally, I find first past the post intolerable and the best I can do, at least for now, is write this post.

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