The NIMBY’s, who are they?

Mass Migration and the NIMBY’s.  Who knows? Who cares?

Venezuela, Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. (not an exhaustive list by any means)

What do these countries have in common? 

People don’t like living in these places because of war, persecution, brutality, starvation, disease and just plain old poverty. 

How many people are on the road, carrying all they can to escape their collective misery?  Maybe Seven Million or more.

Who cares?  Not many.

What to do?  No idea. Keep them out of here, that’s the common view though not loudly expressed.

Where do they want to go?  To better places, – are you stupid?  Where is that?  Anywhere better than where they come from.  No matter how hard the journey, no matter how high the risk, no matter what the cost. Families separate, mums and dads die in the attempt, children too, drowned or starved or frozen. They seek the richer countries, where there is peace, a semblance of law and order, where there is food, education for the kids, where there is shelter, healthcare, jobs and tolerance and human kindness.

Not in my backyard though, because I live at the top of the wealth ladder, I have a roof, a garden, healthcare, education, law and order, orderly neighbours.  I don’t want a bunch of desperate immigrants in my street.  Seven million!  You must be joking.  Why, can’t they look after themselves? Venezuela is meant to be one of the richest oil countries in the world, for goodness sake why can’t they solve their own problems?

I know and so do you, but do we care?  We will give a coin to charity, but will we give anything more. Like a welcome to the desperate, or even a nod to those in need. hgse_toh�o�B�

Brexit Smoke and Mirrors – who’s right?

As we await a Brexit party triumph in the European elections, we still hear completely opposing stories from each side of the Brexit debate. Isn’t it time we had some simple answers to simple questions?

Here are a few;

  1. We’ll be better off because we’ll be free to trade widely, even with the EU on our own terms, after a WTO rules start. True or false, and by how much will we be better off and what are the time horizons? These are difficult but not impossible to have a good stab at from the Brexiteer side.
  2. Apparently life will be a disaster if we leave with no deal. True or False? Why? So far alarm and doom seems not to have happened. Sure, there are problems, from the high street to China, but not all to do with Brexit.
  3. What are the implications for agriculture and fisheries, in and out?
  4. What will happen to the UK net contribution to Europe if we come out? Especially in relation to community support, in the poorer regions.

The average voter has absolutely no idea about any of this. There are other pivotal issues such as immigration but surely that boils down to border control which everyone supports as long as it is liberal and positive.

I am fed up with assertions that Brexit will be brilliant or a disaster depending on who the mouthpiece is. Please will someone somewhere answer the questions. We really don’t care who leads the conservatives, we just want to led by someone who tells the truth or at least his/her honest view of the future backed up in a framework like the above. Please forward this to your MP.

Imagination vs Fear of the unknown. Brexit is certainly unknown.

There we have it, stay in Europe or strike out on our own.  So far we’ve had umpteen warnings of the catastrophes that will beset the UK if we come out of the EU, so far they haven’t happened.

I wrote two years ago that what has come to pass has indeed happened, quelle surprize! However the lack of leadership from all political parties has added immensely to the conundrum.  “He who tells the future tells lies.” (old Arab proverb) Bare it in mind and accept that we have no idea of what is going to happen.  Absolutely no idea.

There are some out there who feel that launching into the unknown is a crazy thing to do.  They have a point.  There are others who argue that independently the UK will be better off, controlling our trade, taxes, laws and borders.

The worst offenders in irrational arguments are the regional players in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who keep barking on about the financial support they’ve received from the EU ignoring the fact that the UK as a whole is a net contributor.  The aggregate of their argument is that they get a better deal regionally from Brussels than they would from Westminster.  This is a curious argument from those who seek more local power and yet want to bow the knee to an unelected European commission.

The other great argument is about the motives of the Brits to leave the EU.  It is argued, probably authentically, that the great majority of voters voted for Brexit based on their xenophobic attitude toward immigration.  This sad but reflects the oversimplification of a yes/no referendum.  It also reflects poorly on the British sense of values.

We would all do well to go back to the core of the argument, i.e. Do we want to be ruled by an unelected council of ministers whose credo is ever more integration into their idea of a United States of Europe.

Me, no!  That’s it, you may want that, OK if the majority want that, that’s OK with me too.

Just keep in mind that if we leave we have to stride out and do our best to thrive. I hope in so doing we continue to welcome friends of every colour and creed.  I want to see my country thrive as an example of skill and adventure for the good not only of the UK but the world at large.  I just happen to believe that we will do this best as we Brits have done over the centuries.