So 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.
I’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.