Taking Back Control: Why I’m Voting to Leave the EU

Unless you’ve been living on the moon for the last few months, you couldn’t have failed to notice Brexit, in, out and in-between being everywhere.

I have read up on it. I have watched all the videos, both official or otherwise. I have watched the debates and seen all the leaflets.

After all that, I can wholeheartedly say I am voting Leave first thing tomorrow.

Considering the people I find myself agreeing with, from Boris to Gove, who personally I cannot stand- they’re Tories for a start, it has not been easy for me to support the Leave side.

However, my reasoning for voting Leave is this:

We are a tiny island.

Yes, we are responsible for the current refugee crisis. Despite my Labour beliefs, I wholeheartedly believe that Tony Blair should be tried for War Crimes, as we all know that he and Bush lied through their smarmy teeth about Weapons of Mass Destruction. They made the situation in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries worse.

The problem is, if we had a country the size of America, we could be more open to allow free movement and those who need help.

However, we’re not that big. The population has grown.

We cannot chose to help those who genuinely need it, when we allow European Free Movement.

I don’t believe we benefit from this Free Movement clause. I think the Eurozone is in massive crisis, and thus, if I happened to be in any of those countries that were struggling, and knew I could go over to the UK, with free healthcare, free school places, free everything, I would be on that plane in seconds.You’d be mad not to.

I also don’t believe that we have a sufficiently safe way to vet who is coming here. With Germany opening their borders without our say so, we have no idea who is claiming to be European when they are not European at all- the people responsible for the Paris attacks had European passports, but they were not from Europe at all.

It’s a hard thing for those of us who wish to Leave to admit- we have been called racist, we have been accused of being bigots, and even had some say we are partly responsible for the death of Jo Cox- but we have to protect our borders in the current climate.

I also feel that being governed by people we haven’t voted in- most of whom were rejected when they did come forward for election in our country and others- makes a mockery of us having a democratically elected parliament of our own.

I may think differently if these people were voted in. But that’s not the case and never has been.

What right have these election failures got to tell people who are voted for that what they wish to implement is incorrect? How do we know half of it is not sour grapes? There are 10,000 Bureaucrats who earn more than our own elected Prime Minister who we’ve never even heard of and never voted in.

I am not happy that whilst our NHS fails, whilst schools are underfunded, whilst our core industries have died and whilst unemployment and homelessness sores, we are legitimately expected to fork out around ยฃ350 million a week to Europe.

Then, when a country’s economy fails, through no fault of us in the UK, we are expected to fork out even more. Where are Europe when we need help?

I am sick of hearing that parent’s cannot get their child into the school a few streets away due to there being more children than school places. We had to fight tooth and nail for Littlest’s place. Some people are forced to take their children to different schools often miles apart. How can we expect parents to gain employment, and not clog up roads in the morning, when we are expected to go to schools nowhere near our homes? It never happened in my school days and it shouldn’t happen now.

The promises and doom and gloom laden rhetoric of the Remain camp is shocking. Just last night, after the BBC debate, the Remain camps “facts” were torn apart. We cannot trust a group of people who use the death of a Mother for publicity for their cause.

We have no respect in Europe. We are not listened to. David Cameron can promise he is going to demand change, but he hasn’t managed to bring this about in the previous 6 years of his rule, so why would he be able to afterwards?

To vote Remain lets Europe really slaughter us, we will have no hope ever of getting our voices heard.

Let’s remember, we joined the EU thinking that Free Trade was coming to an end and financially we would suffer.

That never happened. Plenty of countries outside the Eurozone trade with Europe. They get the benefits of this trade without the added hangover of no say on movement, possible dangers of Immigration allowing terrorists to gain free access to an EU passport, financial ruin from shoring up other countries- the list goes on. Why would be any different?

We buy more from European members than they buy from us. Germany for starters would suffer a massive hit to it’s already struggling economy if it refused to trade with us, as would France. It would be economic suicide.

We could then trade with America, China, India, Japan, the list goes on and these countries have had the biggest trade growth compared to the economic stagnation in the last ten years of the Eurozone. Why is that not attractive?

Why should our fisherman not be allowed to fish in our waters? We have to gain permission from Brussels to fish in our own seas, and as a result, 100,000 fishermen have lost their livelihoods as a result of the European enforced fishing quotas.

If we no longer have to pay to a zone we have no benefit from, our NHS can be the pride of the country like it once was. No child will have to leave school without the ability to read and write. Our students can go to University and not pay.

Why should someone like my niece have to pay thousands of pounds for her studies and accommodation, when once she is a qualified Doctor she will be a benefit, an asset to this country?

Why should we have to continuously beg for healthcare for Littlest? At nearly 8 years old we still have no firm diagnosis , no action plan, no adequate medications, for him.

Why should anyone who is disabled have to be told the country can no longer pay for them, help them, and treat them like scum? Just under 10,000 disabled people have died after being taken off PIP, either through dying due to the stress or being forced into work that they could not do.

Osbourne doesn’t want us to leave, because then all his lies, all his screw ups over the budget, there will no longer be any excuse to penalise the poorest, the sick and the vulnerable in this country.

The Remain campaign keeps suggesting we who wish to leave are anti multiculturalism. We don’t care for workers rights. Why would voting out remove workers rights unless Cameron uses the vote to revoke these rights afterwards? We were Multicultural before we joined Europe, and we still will be afterwards too. We opened our borders to people in the 50s, and they helped rebuild our country at it’s lowest ebb after the war. They still live here happily to this day, and long may that continue.

We cannot trust Cameron to be truthful or act in our best interests, just a day ago we find that he lied that he would put a cap on Free movement when he knew full well this was not possible under the terms of our membership. Saying that we feel we are full and our country is suffering as a result does not make you racist. It makes you aware.

Our country needs to take back control, it’s that simple.

All the while we have to bow down to the wishes of unelected people who don’t have any respect for us apart from as a never ending cash machine at the detriment of our own economy, we have will have a country that is on it’s knees, financially, socially, and in every other way you can think of.

I hope we wake up on Friday to a new dawn. To a better Britain. To freedom from the EU.

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Hate Breeds Hate: Why Jo Cox’s Murder Says More About Budget Cuts Than EU In or Out

Yesterday, for us English folk, should have been a day of happiness and of celebration. In my house, we geared up for the football, put out flags, and I readied myself for some typical Twitter banter.

It was during this banter that I noticed a breaking news story on my timeline. An MP had been attacked (as it was reported at that point) in Leeds. Her name was Jo Cox, a prominent Labour party member.

As further news came through, it changed from attacked to shot and stabbed. I was horrified.

My first thought was not to go find out what side she was on in the EU debate. It was not to see whether she was part of anything to do with rights for Immigrants, or her standpoint on ISIS.

It was just of pure shock and horror that a woman could be leaving a library, such a mundane and typical thing to be doing on a Thursday daytime, and be shot by a fellow human.

This doesn’t happen here. We don’t have politicians attacked with anything more offensive than an egg usually.

I did not ask what race or sex her attacker was, I just asked why this had happened, as most people online did.

Straight away though, the usual bandwagon jumping, rhetoric spouting media and politicians had to make it about politics, about Brexit.

This was about a man, a loner, with long term mental health issues, clearly having a psychotic episode and killing a woman. Simple as that.

We had early online headlines of him shouting “Britain First”, reported by an “eyewitness”.

This, although papers who falsely trumpeted this as fact are now strangely quiet about, was not said at all. The “eyewitness” Aamir Tahir, later said in the London Evening Standard that he had not heard the attacker say those words, at all. He wasn’t even at the scene, but stuck in traffic. His colleague had told him that “Britain First” was shouted as she had heard a rumor it had been said. An actual eyewitness- Hicham Ben Abdallah- was later filmed categorically denying this was shouted.

Online Remain supporters immediately decided to blame Farage, Boris and Gove, and anyone else who is on the Leave side, with ย suggestions there was “blood on the hands” of Brexit supporters.

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In my view, this has nothing to do with Leave, Remain, refugee children or anything other than two very salient points which do not suit the media, and which certainly do not suit the likes of Cameron and his Remain and Tory supporters.

Lost in all this awful, atrocious death, a waste of life and the loss of two children of their Mother, is this could have been avoided.

Jo Cox had reported threats by way of letter for many months.

The Police had cautioned one male for some of these letters. Not the murderer, but we are yet to hear how many different forms of threats Ms Cox had suffered.

Despite these threats, the Police were only “considering” upping her security. She certainly had none with her when she died. This despite the Police knowing she could be targeted and had been threatened.

Jo herself campaigned tirelessly for women to have rights in this country and beyond. That she has been killed by someone who very possibly could have been stalking her or writing to her in a threatening way just makes the whole thing worse.

If we didn’t have over stretched Police forces, with budgets being cut left right and centre, Jo could very well have had a Police escort should she have wanted one. And if a prominent Politician can’t get any form of actual help when they are threatened, what hope do the rest of us have?

The second point is that Mental Health care is being cut too. The NHS are shutting many mental health wards, and patients almost have to beg to be helped.

Its seen as easier and cheaper to simply give them medication, but if we don’t have a system in place for those- like the murderer- who are alone to ensure they are taking this medication, then what is the point of them bothering at all?

It is often the case- and I speak from experience- that when one becomes ill, you are the last person to agree. It then becomes difficult when you do realise something is not right to get any help other than more tablets. In my case, I felt as my GP wasn’t taking me seriously, I clearly wasn’t ill like every close to me said, so I didn’t take any medication at all.

I wasn’t violently unwell, but this is far from the first time a mentally ill person has attacked or even killed someone down to a lapse in proper care.

There is no such thing as care in the community, it needs to be constant, with experts who come in daily and can notice changes as soon as they start. You can barely even see the same GP who can notice a pattern of behavior, thus, people like yesterday’s killer don’t become apparent until it’s too late.

This murder is shocking and it makes for very uncomfortable reading. But it’s not the case that anyone involved in the EU Referendum should have a guilty conscience.

Hate breeds hate, and anyone spouting the kind of moronic twattery I’ve seen online in the Remain camp make themselves look just as bad as those Right Wing parties that they profess to hate so much and blame for Jo Cox’s death (incorrectly).

 

Yes, it could have been avoided, but for God’s sake, before the usual suspects turn this into a vote winner, (and I am referring to all sides) have some bloody respect, read the actual truth of the matter, and ask yourself this- why do we live in a country where a woman cannot walk safely down a street and where a man killed her down to not getting proper help and falling through the cracks?

RIP Jo Cox.