Friday, 6 September 2019
So what has Europe ever done for us?
Ooh ooh I know, I know. OK, go ahead, The European Union has brought peace and stability to the continent of Europe for the past 80 years. Ok, apart from the peace and stability, what else has the EU done for us? It has enabled us to trade freely with our closest neighbours and friends. Ok, apart from peace and stability and a common market in which to trade, what else has Europe done for us? It made us part of a group of powerful nations with similar ideology, democracy, justice and fairness for all. So apart from peace and stability, free trade, and powerful allies, what else? We and our families are free to travel, live and work in any EU country we wish and we are eternally grateful to all those wonderful foreign nurses when we go into hospital. OK, apart from peace and stability, a common market, powerful allies, freedom to travel and wonderful foreign health workers, what has Europe ever done for us?
I could go on ad infinitum, but instead I shall recall an anecdote that I am sure must have stayed in mind for good reason. I was watching BBC Question prior to the Referendum, and Yanis Varoufakis (Greek Economist) was on the Panel. I have to admit I was immediately smitten, not just by his handsome face but by his intellect. The question, even back then, was should we leave the EU. He carefully explained that under no circumstances should we leave the EU under a Conservative government, but if we left under a Labour government, there could be many benefits. It was the warning of allowing the tories to have control of the negotiations.
What I didn't add to my opening paragraph, was the higher European Court of Human Rights. Without the protection of the ECHRs, tories and employers (mostly the same thing) are now free to overwork and exploit their employees to their heart's consent. Think how bad austerity has been for society's most vulnerable, and that was under the watchful eye of the ECHR. If we are crashing out of the EU on the 31st October, everyone other than the top 1% will suffer and it is society's most vulnerable who will bear the brunt.
It should be abundantly clear by now that what Boris Johnson has in mind isn't good for anyone. A few billionaires will make further billions which they will never live long enough to spend, and the already crumbling UK will sink further into the abyss - eventually becoming so corrupt one of our former colonies will have to step in and restore order.