“Ever feel like you’ve been cheated?”
As far as I can tell the referendum started out as an internal spat in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party.
Why did the country collectively make such a monumentally stupid decision in the EU referendum?
And now that we have made such a stupid decision, the people who were encouraging us to vote to leave and making such grand promises, 350 million pound per week to spend on the NHS, control over our own borders, control on immigration, etc, etc, these people are just turning away and dropping out. Even David Cameron has resigned.
The leaders from the leave campaign are all leaving, they don’t want to take responsibility for the mess they have created, they don’t want anything to do with the aftermath because they know that the lies they told us will be exposed as lies.
“Well actually we won’t have 350 million a week to spend on anything, it was a fictitious figure.”
“Well actually we won’t be able to control immigration after all sorry, bit of an over-exaggeration there.”
I think one of the problems was that both sides were running such negative campaigns. Both were claiming disastrous things would happen if you don’t vote the way we want you to vote. The Remain campaign should have focused more on the positive aspects of EU membership and what we were getting for our money.
Things like the Advanced Manufacturing park in Sheffield, that was funded with EU money. Would it have been funded without EU money? Well it might have been but only if it was in London! and therein lies the problem. There is a metropolitan elite in London which marginalises the rest of the country, if it’s outside London it dosen’t matter.
There are a lot of people outside London who feel marginalised, there are many people who wanted to show the London elite that they can’t ride roughshod over the rest of the country, they wanted to make a difference.
The EU vote wasn’t just a vote to leave the EU it was a big two fingers up at austerity and immigration and at the cozy clique of public school toffs who are running things. And yes they made their voice heard but what a mess they have created in the process. Leaving the EU won’t significantly reduce immigration, not if we want to remain part of the single market and if we do leave the single market then we are screwed financially. Leaving the EU won’t mean an end to austerity, it will actually generate a lot more austerity, you thought you had it bad brother, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
The 350 million pounds a week was a fictitious figure, yes as a top line figure we gave 350 million pounds a week but we were getting most of that back in a rebate so the actual figure was much smaller, and on top of the rebate we also got money for projects like the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Park, grants for scientific research, subsidies for farmers, etc, etc.
So if you were expecting an increase in funding for the NHS after this vote then think again, the money isn’t there, it never was. Funding will probably be cut drastically when the value of the pound falls through the floor and we suffer the worst recession in living memory, but at least we got our county back yippee!