Should I stay or should I go?

Brexit2When David Cameron announced on Friday that we would be ‘stronger, safer and better off’ inside the reformed EU, that decided matters for me − we should leave immediately.

Boris Johnson didn’t buy the deal and announced yesterday that he would campaign to leave the EU, while that unholy alliance of Nigel Farage and George Galloway are backing Grassroots Out, so that changed my mind back again – whatever we do, we must stay.

That’s how crazy the whole Brexit debate is going to get – a decision supposedly about sovereignty, economics, security etc is just as likely to boil down to the personalities carrying the message and how much we identify with them.

I honestly don’t believe I am sufficiently informed to make a decision either way when it comes to the referendum, and even if I were, I doubt that such a complex issue can possibly be boiled down to a simple yes or no. I can be persuaded either way depending on which of the pros and cons are being discussed, so ultimately it will be down to gut reaction.

All I do know is this, the arguments will be interminable over the next three months and no matter whether the politicians, businessmen, economists or celebs argue for or against, they will all be both right and wrong. They will simply be justifying their own gut reactions, whether they see themselves as Little Englanders or Europeans. And aren’t we all a bit of both?

I really don’t know who or what will sway me one way or the other, so I am taking a cushion to make myself comfortable as I sit on the fence.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 22nd February 2016

    I wish the ballot paper would contain numerous questions – some about matters that do not seem to be economic.
    For example:
    Should The European Supreme Court have any involvement with the legislature of Great Britain?
    At The Beamish Museum in County Durham should the sweet shop still be allowed to serve sweets by the ounce and not in grams as required by Brussels?
    Should the price of a bottle of wine be standardised throughout Europe?

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  • Trevor Rowley 23rd February 2016

    “I honestly don’t believe I am sufficiently informed to make a decision either way.” Come, come, Mr P, I don’t buy that for one minute. We’ve had notice of the referendum on Europe since the last General Election was decided in May 2015 (although, I do believe, a definite time scale was not set initially other than that the referendum could have been as early as 2016 or perhaps beyond that to 2017). In the waiting time, we’ve all had ample opportunity to gather the facts and test our opinions against others, so I don’t believe any of us should be hesitating now that we’re at the eleventh hour.

    There’s no definite right answer (which way to vote), just a series of variables. I’m reminded of an old boss of mine from the 1970s, who always said, “Think it through, make your decision and then stick to it.” In, other words, no fence sitting.

    In the meantime, I look at the likes of George Galloway (all that charm and itelligence totally wasted), UKIP’s Paul Nuttall and his moll, Louise Bours (be very, very afraid) and I know I couldn’t side with them in a million years. Same with Ian Duncan-Smith and his chinless cronies.

    I’m going to opt to stay in. Not because I like Europe but more because I prefer to have some influence on what the other buggers are doing rather than none at all. However, I am reminded that God didn’t put the English Channel there for no reason.

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    • Mr Parrot 23rd February 2016

      It’s more that this is far too complex an issue to be decided by a simple yes or no. And when faced with so much data, decisions often come down to gut reaction and emotion. I fear that the referendum is leading us into a madness of crowds scenario and I don’t exclude myself from that conclusion.

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  • e 25th February 2016

    Sometimes in the realm of politics, it comes down to picking one’s poison, if you will, because no better options are available. Best of luck with your decision…I think you should be glad you’re living in England, else you might have to watch the madness of people voting for Donald Trump.

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    • Mr Parrot 26th February 2016

      There is always someone worse off than yourself 🙂

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