This whole referendum campaign has been awful. All it has done is divide the nation even further. The only winners in this are the Conservative party, because whichever way this goes they’ll be able to say they couldn’t do certain things because of the outcome, in the same way they’ve used the “Labour created this mess” line for the past six years.
There is so much misinformation flying around from both side, it really has shown politics up to be the filthy, corrupt mess we all know it is, and that’s why I’ve stayed out of posting anything other than fact-based articles until now. The truth is that we don’t know what effect an exit would have, either on the economy or on immigration figures, but both sides have been pushing fear regardless.
I don’t want to live in a world of fear. I want to live in a world of opportunity. I want to live in a world where the vulnerable are looked after to the same degree as the most privileged.
And that brings me to my vote. I’m not scared of change. Indeed, I would suggest that if the world was less scared of change, we would make progress at a much faster rate. If we could open ourselves up the fact that due to technological advances we no longer all need to work (and haven’t since the seventies), then we could create a world far more equal and full of opportunity than the one we already live in. Full employment is not something to aspire to. We should be looking towards near-zero employment.
With near-zero employment there would be no wars, there would be no fear of immigrants taking your job, there would be no fear of loss of control, there would be no fear about job insecurity, because your needs would already be met. Want to know more? Start with The Choice Is Ours or Paradise or Oblivion.
Anyway, I digress. As I said, I’m not scared of change. However it has to be considered that throughout history, at times of significant economic change, it’s the most vulnerable who are the worst affected. You only have to the look at the effects of austerity to see that. If there is a shortage of any kind during the transitional period, it will be the people at the bottom that suffer, not those at the top.
I might be able to consider voting leave more seriously if we didn’t have a government that has proved itself keen to exploit the vulnerable at every opportunity, but the humanist inside of me is the overriding factor.
If we’re to bring about genuine peace, then we need to work more closely with our neighbours, not isolate ourselves from them. Yes, the EU needs a lot of work. Yes, the EU is corrupt – as is all politics. Yes, the Remain campaign has been as full as misinformation and lies as the Leave campaign.
But it we want to change that, until such time as we are genuinely ready to start talking about a Resource Based Economy, then we need to remain part of the conversation, not the neighbour everyone is talking about behind their back.
I’m voting REMAIN on Thursday 23rd June.