Sunday, 17 July 2016

Thinking about our relationships with the world.

Post Brexit.   We voted and overall 52% of us in the United Kingdom voted leave.   Interestingly Scotland and Northern Ireland want to remain, in fact last year Scotland voted to keep the United Kingdom intact partly on the understanding that it was the way they could retain their membership of the EU.   It is no surprise then then that Scotland now wants a re-run of their vote, and I think we should allow this.

During the Brexit campaign we were warned that our channel border in France might be closed by the French forcing us to open it on UK spoil.   The leave party said nonsense will not happen and it is scare mongering.  I had considered it a possibility before it entered the public debate, in my mind it is still a real possibility especially with the pressure put on France by terrorists.   Easier for them then to allow the refugees passage through to Great Briton.

Who will these incomers be, mostly homeless, stateless victims of the conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.  Why will they come here?   Firstly because their homes have been destroyed and it is unsafe for them to remain in the countries of their birth.   They need somewhere safe and secure to live.   We want the world to see us as successful and bountiful, why else would they want to come somewhere as alien to them as Great Briton is to North Africa?

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Some of those who voted to leave believed that they were voting to keep these people out.   Cannot imagine why but they did.   The probability is that we will see fewer people coming from EU member countries, people who are more closely related to us!   Another argument is that 'they' take British jobs and work for low pay making things tougher for British people.   Have you seen the working conditions these people work in?   Have you seen how hard they are expected to work?   We have been teaching our people for decades that they don't have to do dirty grimy smelly hard labour.   We are not the fruit and veg pickers, we do not work in recycling centres sorting our dirty smelly recycling.  We do not stand all day long Summer and Winter washing cars.   It is the EU workers who do a lot of these jobs, non EU immigrants making up the rest.  What do we do? curse them to their faces, our treatment of incomers is disgraceful and shames us all.

Thats enough for today, food for thought if we close our borders to anyone and everyone except the talented what message does it send about us?   Who will then do those dirty jobs?  Your sons and daughters?   My son kinda already is he is a chef, basic wage for un-social hours and long days.  Not all chef's are the kitchen king and certainly not all are TV stars.

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