Very English Reasons to Bremain in Europe

Wether it’s wiser to Brexit or Bremain is Anybody’s Guess
The EU has been around about as long as I have. Now we, the British electorate, uninformed by any facts anybody in power can agree upon, have to decide wether to stay in the EU or not.

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Lucky us.
Most Britishers seem to be either confused or apathetic with regards to Europe. In truth, nobody really knows whether Britain will be better off tying the knot with the EU or not. Any opinion is just guesswork.

So here’s my best guess.
(Not that I think that voting on Europe will make any difference to a foregone conclusion, polling stations being as illusory as our democracy

For the most English of reasons (shorter queues at airports) I voted Remain.

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And all the health professionals I’ve seen recently at my local hospital have come from elsewhere in Europe. (They stand out coz my own British consultant is a right dick who doesn’t understand my wish to be pain free and not so drugged up I can’t think. At least people from outside our island tend to listen.)

I’ve got friends who come from elsewhere in Europe too.
Voting Brexit feels a bit, well, unfriendly.
Certainly the discussion in itself seems impolite. After all, Europe can hear us!

nb. (‘come from elsewhere in Europe’ is more to type / read, but the fact that it’s necessary is a reminder that the Brits are in Europe, anyway.)

I also like that Europe’s not had any infighting resulting in a major war recently. Being in the European Union might help this to continue?

Chaos in Slow Motion
Anyway “The EU’s rubbish, but leaving it will be chaos.” (Jeremy Hardy)
It’d be total havoc kept in check I suspect, only by the agonising slowness that characterises changes in British government.

The 4 horsemen of the apocalypse could be summoned whichever way you vote, according to who you listen to, so who knows?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯     deadpigcameron
Certainly not Cameron, our pig loving prime minister. Even tho he’s campaigning for Remain,  apparently his“instinct” is for Brexit.

I think Cameron’s clever bit of policy-avoiding policy is just avoiding responsibility.

There’ll sure  be trouble ahead whatever.
This is true whatever the government’s policies. It’s just in samsara’s nature for things to fall apart around us.

Sometimes that’s a lazy Sunday afternoon sort of disintegration; sometimes it hurts more; but entropy is the inescapable 2nd law of thermodynamics.

And when it all goes wrong, as it inevitably will given that we all live in samsara, a crappy state of dissatisfaction, unknowing and confusion; we can just blame Europe.
Il est simple, n’est-ce pas?

Credits: 

Ballot Paper image taken from a leaflet recalled due to complaints of bias, via Have I Got A Bit More News For You on the BBC iPlayer

(Also worth checking out are EU & Yours Vote Now Radio Show,
Jack Dee’s Referendum Help Desk
and 4OD’s Power Monkeys.)
Airport via www.walkbase.com
Piggate via lovingenergies.net

 

the 1st Bristol Mayor! a National Pioneer or Electile Dysfunction?

It’s Bristol’s 1st mayoral election Thursday!

We’re only one of a handful of cities who’ve been chosen to be able to vote for an elected mayor.
I think that makes us one of the lucky few.
Despite being general disillusioned in the UK Government, which doesn’t seem any better than America’s bitch, and skins the poor while benefiting the rich; I still think there might be some hope (please?)

Does your vote count?

Uhmm, if you live in Bristol too, I’d say yes.
I’m not convinced that election results aren’t already decided and that the whole business isn’t just for show. But even if it is more or less real, as the Guardian’s Zoe Williams says, “The best you can hope is that the right charismatic wins.” This says a lot about the machinations of politics, but it’s got to be worth a try to get the right person in for the job.

Talking to my neighbours and other dog walkers, it seems that expectations are varied.
From muted enthusiasm, to being “not interested”, to another saying she says she’s not bothering to vote coz her party never gets in. Isn’t that missing the point though?

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