Brexit

I don’t normally talk about politics in my blog.   But after an evening in which nothing was discussed but the forthcoming referendum, I feel it is worth recording that out of 16 people sitting down to dinner not a single person was in favour of exiting:  a few were sitting on the fence, but the majority were in favour of Europe, not because of any narrow economic benefit, but a much longer historical perspective which sees the benefit of a family of nations with a shared history of warfare, but which has since the second world war been united by common democratic purpose.   Very few people, including the Prime Minister, have been willing to articulate this larger purpose.   But it is good to talk about it.

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5 thoughts on “Brexit

  1. Excellent . That is, of course, one of the most powerful reasons for remaining in, although the Jobs, and the Rights (Human and Workplace), are also crucial. Having voted NO in 1975, I am now passionate that we should stay, and reform the EU from the inside. The alliance of Boris, Bill Cash, Nigel Farage and Ian Duncan Smith is bizarre, and wholly unappealing.

  2. David Brodie says:

    I suppose you may easily enough take advantage of a popularly held view about Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage but you must surely justify your view that William Cash and Ian Duncan Smith are crazies. Ad hominem abuse never looks good

  3. Edward Chaney says:

    Oh deah… As a founder member of UKIP (which we might remind ourselves was started by a gay Liberal expert on Germany) and as a keen supporter of the Referendum Party (started soon after by the father of the future mayor of London – unless Houellebecq’s dystopia happens here before it happens in France), somewhat unsurprisingly, I find myself unpersuaded by yr survey of those with whom you choose to sup… But as an evolutionist rather than revolutionist (who was therefore against our EU-encouraged support of the opposition to President Assad) i now think that it’s all too late and we’re in for trouble either way. Hopefully things won’t be quite as bad as they now are in Syria, though Syria’s woes, as well as the consequences of our related follies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya (Egypt is currently containing the consequences of our encouragement of revolution against Mubarak by being even harsher than he was), are already contributing to our own… Even actors and artists (including some who exhibit at the RA) seem to have noticed there is a migrant crisis though they’re not yet asking how this might have happened and how we might avoid making the same, bien pensant mistakes in the future…

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