Rosie's Brexit Diary 28 Feb 2018 Part 1
The People voted Leave and therefore we should leave
My days are all very similar to one another. I wake up, get dressed, check the Daily Telegraph, check some other online newspapers, check the tennis results. Nothing ever happens in life, nothing changes, but that is exactly the way that I like it - a stable, predictable life that is pleasant. I know where I am and there are plenty of things to enjoy. Change brings extra work to be done, stress, risk, and perhaps danger. Nobody likes too much change too fast.
Of course, there was the ripple of joy on that glorious morning, 24 June 2016, when we discovered that Britain had voted to leave the EU. I remember so clearly when we scented the wonderful fresh air of freedom, of sanity and of hope - a feeling that has long since been smothered, snuffed out by the realisation that democracy in Britain is dead.
It had all seemed so straightforward. Before the EU referendum the Government delivered a formal leaflet to every home which explained exactly what “Leave” meant: that Britain would leave the ‘Single Market’ and leave the ‘Customs Union’, and the ‘European Court of Justice’ would no longer have any jurisdiction over Britain. The leaflet then informed us that the British economy would immediately collapse if we voted to Leave. Finally the leaflet promised to implement the result, whichever result it was, and that promise was repeated in Parliament by the then Prime Minister David Cameron.
I read the leaflet, but of course I had made up my mind years ago what I thought about Britain’s membership of the EU. The referendum campaign counted for nothing because I had already seen far more than enough. So I threw the leaflet in the bin. Bad mistake. It was crystal clear and I did not think I would need it again. But I looked at the government’s online leaflet recently and it is not the same. It definitely is not the same as the leaflet I had read. Either different homes received different versions - or the government has since changed it online. Knowing what we know now about the duplicity of the government machinery I would not have thrown that leaflet out. Even so the online version still says this:
“This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.”
The people voted Leave and that is what we expected to then happen, for Britain to leave the EU, lock, stock and barrel, just as we were promised.
Not only did it appear straightforward, it was in actual fact straightforward. The finest legal minds in Britain confirm that as well as our best economists. You simply put new border controls and customs arrangements in place, put through an Act of Parliament, stop paying and leave. What seemed like obvious common sense was factually correct. Check out the group “Lawyers for Britain” if you need to be convinced. https://briefingsforbrexit.com/pulling-down-the-barriers-to-world-trade/
Yet the Remain side fight on and on and on to undo the result of the Referendum.
Perhaps the ashen faces of the reporters at the BBC and on Channel Four should have warned me but instead all I felt was an acute, an almost piercing happiness. The utmost relief that this one final chance of escape from being swamped by the European Union had been successful.
I love the European Continent itself and the traditional peoples and the glorious diversity of traditional European cultures across the region, but Britain is different, and its traditions are different, and they should stay different.
I remember the day of the result and the week ahead and how the air seemed clearer and the colours under the sunshine brighter, and the roads and trees and houses seemed straighter, better defined, somehow. What a contrast to the burdens and the aching anxieties of today!
The rest of the world had seemed pleased by the decision of the British public: Australia immediately offered to lend us their team of trade negotiators, (because, baby-fied by the EU, Britain no longer has the ability to negotiate trade deals for itself); New Zealand looked forward to once more being able to export butter and other food to Britain (just as they did before Britain, by joining what was then called the Common Market in 1973, abandoned its long-established trading partnerships); tourism from the United States of America rose sharply.
But here at home the ‘elite’ were horrified that the public had disregarded what they had been ramming down our throats. These days ‘The Elite’ does not refer to people with any special ability or training nor even to our Royal Family - but to faceless Government departments, to bureaucrats, to the BBC and other media outlets, and most Members of Parliament, practically all of the House of Lords, and to the super-wealthy who live abroad and pay no taxes, and, of course, to all those individuals with their snouts in the EU trough (and there are an awful lot of them) and all those people who promote political correctness and who wield power behind the scenes (and there are an awful lot of them, too) .
The backlash began at once:
“Oh it was just a protest vote that went too far” - It was a protest, certainly, against the imposition of foreign power and the loss of Britain’s culture and independence, but we meant it. We absolutely mean, want and intend to leave the EU.
“Oh it was not a real Referendum and not legally binding” - Well, under the common sense British traditions of plain words and plain speaking yes it most certainly was a real referendum and a clear instruction from the people to the Government. We do not have a tradition of being able to wriggle out of public statements by way of verbal or legalistic contortions. Parliament’s stated intention was unequivocal and it could not have been misunderstood... unless, of course, that Parliament set out to deceive the people. Who wants to be ruled via a system of lies and deceit? Not me! Government by deceit is not a part of British culture or tradition and that is why we want our culture and traditions restored to us!
“Oh the people did not know what they were voting for” - And yes we did, the official government leaflet spelled it out.
“Oh people do not know what they want instead” - But yes we do. We want to be an independent sovereign nation state that governs itself in accordance with its own culture and that runs its own economy, laws, defence and borders. Just like most of the other nation states on this planet and just as we did ourselves for many hundreds of years until 1973.
“That referendum was a disgrace. It should never have been held” - Excuse me? Who are you to decide who should and who should not determine Britain’s future? I can accept that recent immigrants should not have that power, but to tell members of the indigenous population that they should have no say over the future of this nation, the nation that they and their forebears built and protected and worked for at great personal cost, is beyond arrogance and into something deeply sinister.
“Nobody voted to be poorer” - And yes we did, all 17.4 million of us. The world and his wife and even Barack Obama, then President of the United States of America, had told us that we would be poorer - nobody could have missed it - and still we voted to leave because many other things are more important. For the British people are not solely motivated by money. I don’t suppose any culture is solely motivated by materialism, but the importance given to non-material things is a marked characteristic of traditional British society.
Forty years ago people in Britain did not flaunt their wealth. We looked down upon ‘Conspicuous Consumption.’ Aspirational - yes. Keeping up with next door - yes. We kept ourselves out of debt and scorned handouts, or “funding” as they call it now. The wholesale pursuit of wealth, the measuring of everything in money terms, was not a part of Britain. Those who promote the EU and gnash their teeth at the Referendum result have hopelessly misunderstood the British personality. Perhaps they believed their own propaganda. Fools! - yes - they are the fools and not us.
Not, of course, that many Leavers actually believed the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it warnings of economic collapse .... because there is no logic behind the assertions that we would be poorer, quite the reverse as it happens, and anyone who is not blinded by the propaganda can see that for themselves. They told us that the moment we voted "Leave" the economy would collapse. In the event, as the “Leave” result was announced, the Pound lost a bit of value, which was a good thing because the Pound was over-valued and exporters (and the economy) benefited from the fall.
The “Nobody voted to be poorer” line came from Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the most powerful Member of Parliament after the Prime Minister. He and his department have been working all this time to ensure the Referendum result is not fulfilled.
This is in direct contradiction to the official government policy, restated many times, that “Brexit means Brexit” - and yet this man still has his job. He should have been sacked and replaced by a man such as Jacob Rees-Mogg who has all the factual know-how and competence for the role AND he supports Brexit, to leave the EU, and would have worked FOR the will of the citizens instead of AGAINST our will.
And that sums up the mess we are in, and sums up why I so desperately want to escape the corrupting influence of the EU - so that we can go back to a system where the government is accountable and works for (and not against) the people of Britain. It was never a perfect system, not by a long way, but we then lived in a democracy and now we do not. Democracy has its flaws and our systems of voting and governance could have been better designed - but what we had fifty years ago was better than today’s mess by a million miles.
And, bad as it is now, where we are heading for is worse: appallingly, terrifyingly worse. I can see it but what can I do? Some people think that we have reached the low point, but no. They need to look at the bigger picture and at the corruption and destruction unleashed upon Britain by (in particular and in turn) Edward Heath, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Theresa May though there are many many others.
“We ain’t seen nothing yet,” as they say.
My comments and complaints at the Daily Telegraph seem so tiny, so inconsequential - and meanwhile I sit here and watch the inevitable consequences of lies and deceit combined with ignorance and groupthink grind on and on.