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Make the World Ashamed they're not British!

The following was extracted from a previous post about the positives we might be able to create from our decision to leave the EU. In this post I'm focussing on immigration. 52% of our electorate demanded we 'take control of our borders'. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, produced this poster as his contribution to the Leave campaign: And he called Remainers Scaremongers ! I sincerely hope not a single Leaver decided to vote because of this poster. But perhaps our leaving the EU can awaken something far more valuable to us, and to the world. Our humanity and decency. Let's use the decision to control our borders to enable us to be more WELCOMING to people who really need our help, rather than people who want to simply exercise their right to be here because their own EU country is letting them down. If we need specific skills from other countries, there's nothing to stop us letting them in. So this is our chance to be selective abo

A Plan for the UK

Out means out. Or words to that effect. Since the referendum in 2016, investment into the UK has stalled. We need to restore confidence in the UK fast before it continues to head elsewhere. But if we're no longer the 'gateway to the EU', who are we? How can we restore confidence in a divided nation where every expert and foreign leader (excluding Putin and Trump who want to see Europe and the UK weaker), has predicted the UK will be worse off on its own. The pound has already weakened dramatically (from $2 to $1.28 at the turn of the decade) making our exports more attractive - which is good - but we are already finding it harder to borrow money on world markets - which is not. The things we import are also more expensive. That's good because it makes home produced alternatives better value, but bad because many of those home produced items contain imported parts - so those British goods will start to cost more. And a lot of people's jobs are based on selling and

Andrea Leadsom. Don't tell me to be optimistic!

I've just watched Andrea Leadsom's address to a bunch of (Leave) acolytes. As a Leaver herself, she naturally continues to ply us with the 'better off out' bollocks and her principal call is for the country to unite around being optimistic about the future. I have no problem with people being optimistic, but optimism is not a state of mind you decide to adopt. It's a state of mind resulting from an assessment about the future. You can't suddenly wake up optimistic if all the evidence tells you that the future is bleak. Having a positive attitude in the face of adversity is one thing. I am sure it helped encourage all those young men to leap out of their trenches at the Somme. But wouldn't it have been better not to have put them there in the first place? Were they optimistic about their futures. No chance. Were they hopeful they'd survive. You bet. I will of course make the best of the bad hand she and her deluded chums have dealt me. But I will co

Brexit. It might actually work out.

I promised myself I wouldn't bleat any more about Brexit. But my country has gone stark staring mad, we're tripping over the corpses of political leaders, and I received this excellent summary of the current state of play: So, let me get this straight... the leader of the opposition campaigned to stay but secretly wanted to leave, so his party held a non-binding vote to shame him into resigning so someone else could lead the campaign to ignore the result of the non-binding referendum which many people now think was just angry people trying to shame politicians into seeing they'd all done nothing to help them. Meanwhile, the man who campaigned to leave because he hoped losing would help him win the leadership of his party, accidentally won and ruined any chance of leading because the man who thought he couldn't lose, did - but resigned before actually doing the thing the vote had been about. The man who'd always thought he'd lead next, campaigned so badly that