Referendum – In or Out?

Still trying to puzzle the referendum out. I hate the people who have been chosen to lead the Leave campaign as much as anyone. The debate so far has seriously sold the British public short, with lies and disinformation on both sides, and the main arguments focusing on people’s darkest and most negative emotions: anger, suspicion, hatred and fear. All rational debate has gone out of the window. All we are seem to hear are the shrill pronouncements of prejudice and fear and meanwhile we’ve been seriously divided as a nation, with many working class people, worried about the effects … Continue reading Referendum – In or Out?

Ukip like Basil Fawlty on steroids

I was talking to a work colleague over the weekend. He said, “I’m not racist. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter what colour you are, if you have a British passport you are British. But I am racist about people without British passports coming over here and getting benefits.” He lives in Margate. He told me he was going to vote Ukip at the next election. This was a bit of a surprise. I’ve often had political conversations with him and I’ve always taken him to be a left-winger. I said, “you know they are more right wing … Continue reading Ukip like Basil Fawlty on steroids

Threat to our sovereignty is from big corporations

As always I went to exercise my democratic right last Thursday, casting my vote at the polling station in Windsor House on Belmont Road. There was a long wait in the queue, after which I enjoyed my half a second’s worth of democracy, before being shovelled back into the political wilderness again. The voting paper was extraordinarily long, with a bewildering number of parties, many of which I’ve never heard of before. A lot of them were anti-EU parties, which I agree with. The trouble is most of the anti-EU protest votes went to UKIP, who have made a lot of … Continue reading Threat to our sovereignty is from big corporations