Why I’m voting Conservative in the snap election

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Yesterday, from out of nowhere, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a snap general election, which was passed in the House of Commons today, meaning of course that we’ll have yet another round of voting for us beleaguered Brits in about seven weeks time. To be honest, I had a slight suspicion that there might be an early election, but I was taken aback by how soon and sudden this came up. Before that, I decided that if a snap election were to occur, I would vote for the Conservatives, and now that there is a snap election, you probably know where this is going.

Some of you may find this odd. Why would I willingly cast my vote for the party that I spent the past few years excoriating with ceaseless zeal? Well for starters I am not the leftist teenager that I used to be, and I wish I had actually done more research back then too. Second, let’s consider the reality of the political situation in Britain today. Brexit is definitely happening now despite all the establishment’s attempts to stop it, and right now, Theresa May, whatever you may think of her policies, is the only politician with the ability and the will to make it happen.

UKIP is probably closer to my more libertarian positions, but they’re completely useless. Think about it for a moment. The one thing UKIP was founded for, Britain leaving the EU, is already being accomplished under the current government. As long as this is the case, UKIP has no purpose in the political arena, other than potentially stealing Labour seats from the north. In a normal election I suppose I would endorse the UK Libertarian Party, but I don’t think they will have much of an impact in a sudden snap election. Plus, I don’t know anyone running as an MP for the Libertarian Party who I can vote for.

While we’re here, let’s talk about the other parties. I hope nobody tries to convince me to vote for the Liberal Democrats, because they will quickly find it impossible to convince me to vote for the pack of snivelling sell-outs that the Lib Dems. Under Tim Farron, they’ve become a party for social justice warriors, as if the Green Party wasn’t already. I honestly think the Lib Dems want to fail. Their leader is a useless wimp, and they don’t seem to know how to appeal to ordinary voters. And then there’s Labour, the sad socialist club whose leader was practically salivating over the prospect of a snap election, one in which he will undoubtedly be crushed because he is less popular than most British politicians. At this point, they’d do better if they kept Ed Miliband as leader. Even worse are Corbyn’s deluded fans, those larping revolutionaries who will finally get the chance to campaign for their dear leader, lose, then protest the outcome and start a petition to kick the Tories out.

I should reiterate that I don’t actually agree with most of the Tories’ policies. In fact, if I was a Tory, I’d probably be a very crappy Tory. My policies, which would be considered centre-right in America, would probably be considered too far-right for the Conservatives, which I mostly consider to be conservative in name only. The main reason I am voting Conservative in this election is because I know exactly why Theresa May called this election. It’s a move to strengthen her majority, and giver her government democratic legitimacy, all while thinning out the Labour opposition while it’s already weak. In short, I think she wants to attain a larger majority, which will be easier for her to work with while she’s negotiating the Brexit terms with Brussels.

I know full well that the snap election is a political power move on Theresa May’s part, but I am not voting for the Tories on ideological lines. You may remember that I wrote in favour of leaving the EU. Now that we are leaving the EU, this country needs a capable leader who will deliver on the will of the people, and at the moment the only one who can rise to the challenge is Theresa May. I dislike much of her policies, but I think leaving the European Union takes precedent over everything else at the moment, and I want a government that will deliver on its promise. If Theresa May wants her democratic mandate then as far as I’m concerned she can have it. After all, she has thus far demonstrated that she is more than capable of delivering Brexit, while Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party have openly opposed it, and UKIP will do nothing to help, having served its purpose.

I leave you with some predictions for the election in June:

  1. The Tories will win in a landslide victory, increasing their majority by at least 40 seats.
  2. Labour will lose at least 30 seats, and Jeremy Corbyn will either resign or be challenged in a new leadership contest some time in the autumn.
  3. The Lib Dems won’t gain or lose many seats, UKIP will probably steal seats from Labour if they gain any at all.

I doubt that it will be a very exciting campaign however, given how exhausted the general public is when it comes to national politics. One thing I can guarantee is that, after the Tories win again, the left-wing media and the progressive busy-bodies will throw a hissy fit yet again, but this time nobody will care.

However you vote in June’s election, I hope that people won’t pick each other apart over they plan to vote, or are at least less enthused about it than they were in last year’s bitterly divisive referendum campaign.

The fall of Labour

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“The Dying Rose” by Janina-Photography on deviantART

The political fallout from Brexit has so far been spectacular in its brutality, with the Tory split now being wider and more pronounced than ever before, Scotland whining about how it wants another independence referendum, and a bunch of whining youngsters from London crying over the last weekend. However, the biggest casualty of all was the Labour Party, which even as I write this is busy cannibalising itself to oblivion.

For those of you who live outside the UK, Labour is Britain’s major left-wing political party. As I see it, they’re basically the party that young people vote for whenever they want the Tories out of power, or because they believe that Labour will make a fairer Britain. Whenever the conservatives are in power, Labour is referred to as the opposition because they tend to gain more seats that the other competing parties aside from the Conservatives. In government, they are usually the well-meaning but incompetent political party, much like the Democrats in America. By contrast, the Conservatives are the major right-wing political party, and they’re known for running competent but sometimes overbearing governments, much like the U.S. Republicans. To my knowledge, most of the prime ministers that have ever been elected since the office was created have been Conservative Party members, so I’m guessing either they do a damn good job in government, or they’re very good at getting votes.

After Brexit, several Labour MP’s blamed Jeremy Corbyn’s performance for the failure of the Remain campaign, and as a result, twelve members of his shadow cabinet resigned in protest, along with five of his shadow ministers. Several members of the Labour Party are giving Jeremy a motion of no confidence, and openly challenging his leadership, possibly leading to another leadership contest. Jeremy obviously has no intention of resigning, and has recently stated that he will continue standing as the party leader, standing as a candidate in the leadership contest.

Of course, one might blame the downfall of the Labour Party on Brexit, but I contend that the Labour Party has had serious problems before Brexit. All the referendum did was expose the problems of Labour. The party always claims to stand for the working people, but as we saw in the referendum, they apparently don’t care about the problems facing the working class. Why else would some of Labour’s strongholds in the North vote Leave? The answer is because Labour has failed them, and I imagine that this has been a lingering sentiment for a long time.

In 1997, we elected Tony Blair, the first Labour PM since 1979, when the party was defeated by Margaret Thatcher. Until then, the Conservatives continued to remain in government for the next 18 years, first under Thatcher and then under John Major in 1992. When Tony Blair was elected, he was unlike any other Labour prime minister we’ve seen before. He was more of a right-leaning centrist like then-US president Bill Clinton, than a left-leaning socialist like any of his predecessors. The ideological differences between Blair’s wing of the party and the traditional leftists in the party were so stark that Blair’s party was called “New Labour”. Even today, those who support Blair’s policies and the centrist ideology of New Labour are called “Blairites”, while the more hard-left Labour backers would now be called “Corbynites”.

Given that Tony Blair is to date the only Labour leader to win three consecutive elections and lose none (having resigned in 2007), you’d think that he would be revered by the Labour Party, but he’s actually rather unpopular in his own party, and in the wider British public, and I can see why. He’s unpopular amongst Labour MP’s because he embraced capitalism rather than rejecting it, and also attempted to rid the party of its left-wing elements in his attempts to modernise the party (this is the New Labour I mentioned earlier), generating strong animosity between him and his chancellor Gordon Brown, who took office following Blair’s resignation.

Blair was also the man who led the UK into the Iraq War without popular consent, and refused to apologise for it. He might have been forgiven had the Iraq War been successful, but not only did it fail to bring peace to Iraq, the destabilisation of the country also created the ideal conditions for the rise of ISIS, and other Islamic extremists in the area. He also managed to offend both the left and the right because of his failure to control immigration. Indeed, the legacy of Blair’s Labour seemed to taint the reputation of the party, but I think Gordon Brown did worse. Brown’s government oversaw the worst financial crisis in global history, and he bailed out the banks. On top of that, his government was implementing some very bizarre policies, like the time the government considered making a quarter of the adult population face “anti-paedophile tests”, in what I could only describe as overbearing government paranoia.

Needless to say, Brown failed miserably in the three years he served as PM. He lost to a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition (which would later become one of the most maligned governments in history), and the Labour Party became virtually unelectable. They later elected a new leader, Ed Miliband, and I frankly don’t understand how he got elected. Miliband was basically an inept buffoon incapable of competing with the Conservatives. Somehow I’d rather have David Cameron than him. Basically Ed Miliband was a PR disaster for the party, and his ineptitude led to another Labour defeat in 2015. On policy, he only ever seemed to make his point in reaction to whatever the government did (for instance, whenever energy prices went up, he called for controls), and as far as personality goes, he often seemed awkward, and he never really connected with the people he wanted to vote for him.

With all that in mind, it’s no wonder the working class people have been rejecting Labour. If it’s not just that, then I would blame Labour’s policies. Labour’s entire strategy is convincing poor people that rich people are making them poorer, and that’s quite rich coming from a bunch of middle class leftists. Labour MPs have also been wasting their time on social justice issues (such as censoring “sexist” video games and “reclaiming” the internet), with the party itself becoming the party of the modern social justice warrior. None of this has anything to do with the interest of working class, with all the SJW’s filling shadow cabinet seats (Harriet Harman comes to mind), it seems that the Labour Party has lost touch with the very people they purport to represent. They have become the party of The Guardian, The Independent, the anti-democratic European Union, and of all the pretentious middle class liberals who tout themselves as progressives who believe in democracy, but then whine when the popular vote doesn’t go their way, as they did after the 2015 election, and again after Brexit.

So there you have it. The Labour of today is now hopelessly divided, and most jarringly, has lost touch with the average man. The consequences of this are obvious, with the Labour Party still reeling from their failed EU campaign, and Jeremy Corbyn facing a revolt from his own party. As I see it, the party that once championed the working class now has its head so far up where the sun doesn’t shine that it blames the leader they elected for failure of a Remain campaign that, to be frank, was destined to fail.

Now, I actually don’t mind Jeremy Corbyn, but I don’t think he’s that good a leader. He supported EU membership just to keep his own party together, and that didn’t work out so well. He’s only been the Labour leader for nine months and already he’s got a good chunk of the party wanting to oust him. If anything, this is so far a worse performance than Ed Miliband. I’m no Labour supporter, but I think there’s dark times ahead for Labour party, and at this rate, they’ll have very little chance of beating the Conservative government, especially if Boris Johnson becomes the new Tory leader.

Why we shouldn’t ask for a 2nd referendum

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Oh, will you grow up?!

Following yesterday’s declaration that Britain will leave the EU, a petition calling for a second referendum gained a surge of signatures, and was apparently so popular it caused the government petition site to crash. The question I’m asking is this – Why? To me, it means that there’s a contingent of Remain voters who are apparently so agitated and immature that they won’t just move on with their lives. These are the same people who claim that the older generation robbed them of their future just because they didn’t vote the same way.

As of this writing, the government has debated or responded to the petition yet, and I don’t think they will give them what they want. There were petitions to stop changes to tuition fees and student loans earlier this year, and it didn’t accomplish anything. Of course, that petition may as well be emblematic of the reaction of the vast majority of Remain voters. Don’t get me wrong, I seen dignity from some Remain supporters online, but the majority of them apparently couldn’t handle the prospect of being on the losing side of a democratic election. I know you guys lost, but subverting the outcome of a democratic election is just unacceptable.

The reaction from the Remain side has been very lacking in grace. They’ve effectively turned to denouncing the majority of voters as racist xenophobes, accusing them of “destroying our country’s future”, and when they aren’t doing that, they’re blaming old people, denigrating them simply because they were the most likely to vote Leave. The people doing this (mostly millennials by the way) have no respect for their elders, even though they gave enough of a damn about future generations that they fought in World War II so that people like the millennials could even have the right not to be ruled by an unaccountable superstate. My great-grandfather fought so that I could live in a free society, where I could express myself as I am doing now, and yet these people honestly think they have the gall to say that it’s “our time now”.

If that’s not enough, you have another petition calling for London to be an independent state that is a member of the EU. Apparently most of London voted for Remain, and the majority disagreed with them, so now they’re throwing a little temper tantrum and want to divorce from the rest of the nation, never mind that they are mentally divorced from reality. It’s rather unsurprising. In fact, if you look at the heat map for the 2nd referendum petition, the highest concentration of signatures came from London.

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It’s all totally immature, and it’s so very annoying. If Remain won, we wouldn’t have this temper tantrum, and I would certainly have taken it better than most of the Remain voters handled the results yesterday. If that’s not enough, you apparently have people taking to social media saying that old people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. To me, the fallout of the Brexit vote has exposed the narcissism of the Remain side, and it’s also revealed the chasm between the younger generation and the older generation. If I were old right now, I would be even more pissed off at the young people, especially if it were grandchildren dismissing me as an uneducated, racist xenophobe.

These people aren’t fighting for a better future. They aren’t fighting for their voice to be heard. They’re throwing a hissy fit because the referendum didn’t go the way they wanted to. They have had their voice heard, but more people voted the other way. That is simply how democracy works, but because they didn’t get their way, they now have nothing but contempt for democracy. Imagine if you didn’t get the toy you wanted for Christmas one year. If you didn’t nag your parents to have Christmas again until you got what you wanted, why would you want another referendum just because you didn’t get the result you wanted? It would be just as childish to demand either.

The people calling for a second referendum clearly weren’t taught that life doesn’t always turn out the way you’d like it to, and to those people I would like to say this – Grow up and get over it. Life doesn’t work out the way you’d like it too. I highly doubt that there will be a second referendum, since David Cameron is effectively resigning, and if Boris Johnson becomes the next PM (which is understandably likely), then you’re definitely not having a second referendum because Boris wants to the leave the EU as soon as possible.

In conclusion, the idea of a 2nd referendum is a disgraceful affront to democracy, and the fact that it has now reached in excess of a million signatures is just another sad indication of how the Remain camp is out of touch with reality. Regardless of how we voted, what we should be doing is getting on with our lives. The markets are going to recover, we’re still going to trade with the EU, and the rest of the world. Yes, the outcome is uncertain, but that’s the beauty of it. We never said it would be easy, but to paraphrase John F. Kennedy, we do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. If I end up getting complaints from Remain voters about how I’m supposedly “racist” and “uneducated” and how I “don’t know what I’m talking about”, then that’s only going to prove my point.

Rant over.

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that most of the signatures on this petition aren’t acutally from Britain. In fact, as of now, only 363,133 signatures come from Britain, and the rest all come from various foreign countries. If you look at the petition data, you can see for yourself. In other words, the petition is total bullshit, and doesn’t really come close to representing the national interest.

A victory for Britain

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This morning was very tremendous day indeed. It was declared that my country voted to leave the European Union, with a close 51.9% of people voting Leave, against 48.1% who voted Remain. I was honestly shocked and surprised, mainly because of all the cheap tactics the Remain side were using to swing the vote their way. They even had my generation fooled into thinking Brexit would destroy us. It honestly looked as if we were doomed to remain in the EU, but what the Remain camp didn’t count on is the amount of working class people who are tired constantly being lied to, and they’ve made their voice heard.

As a Leave voter, I’m very excited to hear that the people have decided to ignore the scaremongering of the Remain camp. Today has been a victory not just over the EU, but also a victory over the kind of pessimism that has dominated our culture in recent times. I’m very happy to see that the people have decided that they want a better future, and if that wasn’t good enough, it appears that David Cameron himself has conceded defeat, having announced that he will resign in October, resulting in a new Tory leader (and Prime Minister) being elected around the time of the Conservative Party Conference. I have to say that David Cameron has demonstrated a surprising level of maturity and grace in resigning his post. He took the results better than I expected, and even though he lied straight to our faces and fought hard against us Brexiters, at least he didn’t throw a public tantrum. While I hated David Cameron, I have to thank him for at least giving us the vote, and for maintaining handling his defeat with at least a shred of dignity.

As David Cameron resigned, there’s been talk that Boris Johnson may take his place. If he does I’ll be behind him. He performed so well in the Brexit campaign and did such a job at making the case for hope triumphing over fear that I think he would make a fine leader, and I’d vote for him. Nigel Farage, of course, celebrated the result. This is exactly what UKIP set out to achieve in their manifesto, and now Farage has what he wants. I guess that means UKIP won’t mean much to a lot of people anymore, unless immigration is still a big problem for a lot of people, but I think the main thing I take from this is that the establishment has taken quite a hefty blow.

Indeed, Brexit is the biggest sign of a populist revolution spreading across the West. The people are demanding that they be heard, and they’re tired of the political class sneering at them for actually being concerned about the welfare of their country, and there’s even talk of Brexit signalling the victory of Donald Trump. Speaking of Trump, I think that after Brexit, a Trump victory is very likely, considering that his followers are concerned about much of the same things as the Leave camp were, and Trump knows how to tap into the dissatisfaction of the working class, which the Democrats have totally isolated themselves from. The Brexit victory signals a big shake up of the establishment, and the establishment media outlets don’t like it one bit. The Guardian is already feeling the sting of having their self-righteous superiority complex spurned by the working class that they have failed to represent.

For me, today’s result has exposed the immaturity of the Remain camp’s biggest backers, including those in the media. While ordinary Remain voters might have taken the result better, celebrities like Lily Allen took to calling half the population racist. It’s because of that kind of attitude that Leave won. I’ve been hearing a lot of nonsense from people who voted Remain (particularly from the “University Applicants 2016” Facebook group, which might as well be a microcosmic House of Commons), saying that the Leave voters have destroyed the future of this country. I believe that it is THEY how would destroy the future of the country by continuing to allow the EU to destroy democracy. They honestly don’t appear to know what is going on here. By voting Brexit, we have chosen to reject the overbearing globalist elite. By freeing ourselves from the shackles of Brussels, we can make our own choices and mistakes regarding the country’s future. I’m tired of seeing young people complaining about democracy just because the vote didn’t go their way, especially when the argument comes down to belittling your elders as “racists”, and especially when you consider that only 36% of 18-24-year-olds who were registered to vote actually bothered to vote at all. They have no right to complain about how they were robbed of their democratic voice. They had it, but they barely used it, and it’s a telling fact the older you were, the more likely you were to even show up at the polling station. If anything, the old people saved this country.

To all the young people who voted Remain, I know you might be disappointed, but in a way, I think you should be happy. If you hate David Cameron and wanted him gone, you’ve got what you wanted. Cameron’s going to be out of a job in not too long. If you hate Nigel Farage, at least be happy that you might not have to put up with him that much, considering that UKIP have had their wish granted. If you’re worried about the economy, market uncertainty is inevitable. Markets tend to be nervous at the prospect of change, and that’s simply how they work. Even if we do have a recession, recessions don’t last forever, and I think we would be economically worse off if we voted Remain.

Though the Remain camp may protest, Brexit is definitely happening, and I think we will all be better off because of it. Whatever the outcome, the EU referendum has been perhaps the most brutal political campaign I have witnessed, and yet it has reaffirmed the value of democracy in the face of the global elite who seek to destroy it. It’s been a very bitter year so far, but now that we’ve won a better future for this country, I hope that now we can hold our heads up high and move on. As for the rest of Europe, I feel that thanks to us, more and more European countries will want to leave the dying EU (I would definitely support Italy exiting the EU), and with any hope, we may yet see the fall of the tyrannical superstate that is the European Union.

A rational argument for Brexit

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As I’m sure everyone in Britain is aware, this month will see the most important vote you will cast in your lifetime. We’ll be deciding whether or not we should stay in the European Union or leave, and as you can expect, the government and the mainstream media are so scared of the prospect of leaving that they will do literally anything to make sure the referendum ends with the “Remain” vote prevailing. This has led to many scaremongers campaigns aimed at coaxing idealistic young people into voting “Remain”. Indeed, I worry that all the misinformation might have been somewhat successful, as many will say we should remain in the EU to “protect jobs”. If the Europhiles think we benefit from our relationship with the EU, they have no idea how bad the EU is for Britain.

The mainstream media and the government seem so interested in the UK remaining in the EU that they’re trying as hard as they can to convince voters that Brexit is a bad idea. The government is trying its best to tell you how to vote, and they’re doing this because they’re scared of the people voting for any real change. They’re doing this by sending junk mail telling you that the government wants you to vote Remain, and against your self-interest, and they’re also trying to appeal to the young people with the patronising “Votin” ad campaign. If you look at the facts, the case for Remain begins to look incredibly shaky. In this article, I aim to lay out a clear, rational argument for leaving the EU, which shouldn’t be too hard given the amount of time I’ve spent researching the subject.

I’ll start by clearing up what the European Union is and how we got the point where we need a referendum, because I don’t think the Remain camp knows that much. The European Union is an economical and political union that arose out of a desire to prevent the kind atrocity and chaos seen in World War II from happening in Europe ever again. Initially composed of six founding countries in the form of the European Economic Commission, it eventually grew into the gigantic mess we see today. During the 1970’s, members of the European Union apparently enjoyed economic prosperity (with Germany having the led the charge during the 1950’s) while Britain continued to stagnate. The British government, possibly attracted by the prosperity of the other countries, opted to join the European Economic Commission in 1973, with a public referendum held two years later. In the 1975 referendum, most of the public voted in favour of remaining in the EEC, but from then on things started to go out control.

The European Union in its current form was codified by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, and then-Prime Minister John Major corralled us into that arrangement without the consent of the public. As the European Union expanded, it became the colourless beast that you see before you. It is now a Byzantine entity that is capable of overriding the will of its member states, and coercing them into ignoring the will of the people. The most memorable example of this occurred last year in Greece, when despite the public’s demands to reverse austerity, the Syriza-run government, under the thumb of EU pressure, introduced a harsher wave austerity measures to try and fix an economic crisis the country had gotten itself into years ago.

Now I’d like to get into some of the common arguments proposed by Remain, and why they’re essentially nonsense. We know for sure that the mainstream media spins lies all the time because it has an agenda, and will stop at nothing to make sure that it achieves its goals. Hence, David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign will repeat these common arguments until they’re implanted in your skulls, but that doesn’t make them true, and let’s take a good look at why.

The most common argument from the Remain camp seems to be that remaining in the EU “preserves jobs”. In fact, that’s the first thing I’ve heard people say when they try to rationalize voting Remain, and they never explain how the EU is supposed to preserve jobs, and if they can’t explain their argument, you know it’s false. The idea comes from the number of people whose jobs are linked to exports to European customers. Those jobs would still be safe because the Lisbon Treaty actually requires the European Union makes a trade agreement with a country that leaves the union. In other words, our jobs are completely safe.

This also debunks the myth that leaving the EU would damage our ability to trade with EU states, or even with other countries. Most baffling of all is President Obama’s claim that a post-Brexit UK would be the last in the queue for trade negotiations. What the Remain camp won’t mention is that Norway, despite not being a member of the EU, has access to the single market, and as part of the European Economic Area, enjoys close relationships with the EU, but is not subject to the overbearing whims of the EU.

Another argument, this one touted by the Stronger in Europe campaign, is that for every £1 we invest in the EU, we get £10 back. Once you look at the figures, you’ll find that that’s complete nonsense. We contribute £13 billion a year to the EU budget, and the EU gives us £4.5 billion back. That’s like investing £1 and getting 35p back. Imagine what we could do if we didn’t have to pay anything to the EU. We could take the £13 billion and spend it on the NHS, on schools/universities, and on the arts.

A popular argument is that Brexit will cost households £4,300, and that’s if people aren’t saying that Brexit will cause a house price collapse. As it turns out, research from the Capital Economics research consultancy firm suggests that Brexit would have little effect on the housing market whatsoever. Even if short term uncertainty leads to a drop in transactions, the prospect of Brexit triggering a housing market collapse is very slim.

Another myth is that the EU has a positive impact on the British economy, but that’s complete nonsense. As I previously mentioned, membership costs billions of pounds that we could have used to revitalize the economy when the recession hit us. The EU’s Common Fishing Policy has overseen the asphyxiation of Britain’s fishing industry, the decline in our nation’s fish stocks, and the destruction of our fishing communities. When Britain joined the single market, our fishing rights where divided up and handed to other member states, and we were powerless to stop them. On top of that, British fishermen are paid by the EU to destroy their boats.

The EU has practically turned Europe into the sickly region of the world that it is today, and as long as we’re in the EU, we will continue to be infected with it’s disease, and yet the Remain camp claim that we will be worse off if we leave the the EU. Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are not members of the EU, and they’re doing just fine. In fact, Switzerland, the richest country in the world, has a generally higher standard of living and vastly lower unemployment, while still doing trade with EU member states without having to apply any of the EU’s countless regulations. Switzerland is the very antithesis of the EU – prosperous, bright and democratic. The EU, meanwhile, has a number of tariffs and regulations designed to stifle economic competition, which stifles economic growth. Large corporations benefit from EU regulations not only because they can afford to comply, but also because the EU’s protectionist rules allow them to strangle their competition out of business.

Those on the Remain camp claim that the EU is helping to maintain peace across Europe, and that perhaps is the most foul and despicable lie from the Remain camp. If the EU were keeping the peace, then why is there a rise in civil unrest in European countries? In Europe, far-right populists are enjoying a surge of popularity because the people are getting desperate. They’re tired of living under a supranational dictatorship that undermines the will of the people, let alone one that has presided over years of toxic economic stagnation. Also, if the EU were committed to peace, why is there talk of a European Army? Yes, the EU is actually planning for an army, which was enshrined into the project via the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties, which the EU were so keen on us approving of.

After all other arguments apparently failed, the Remain camp had been reduced to scaremongering, with David Cameron claiming that leaving the EU would result in another world war (which is bizarre because even Germany is open-minded about making trade deals with us). If that’s what’s left of the desperate Europhiles, then Remain has no argument. A child could make a better argument than David Cameron. At this point, even Donald Trump could make a better point than Mr. Cameron, and when Donald Trump can sound better than our prime minister, then something is wrong with our elected head of state.

Isn’t it also a little suspicious that the man who previously wanted us to leave the EU is now pushing for us to stay in the EU? The reason is fairly obvious. Politicians love the EU so much because they see a future career working in an institution that will shelter them from popular contempt. Even the most hated and loathed prime minister in recent memory can find comfort knowing that the EU will take him in and give him an even bigger salary then he had back home. Meanwhile, the people living under the thumb of the EU have to contend with their attempts to regulate every aspect of our lives, with social media giants Facebook and Twitter kowtowing to their request to police so-called “hate speech”, which I assume will include anything critical of the EU.

Of course, one of the major reasons that people are voting Leave is because they want the UK to take back control of its borders. This sentiment is a response to the EU’s inept handling of the migrant crisis, which they addressed by instituting a suspiciously liberal open-border policy which many suggest is an indirect cause of the Paris massacre, the mass sexual assaults in Cologne, and the attack in Brussels. However, while I can understand why people would be concerned about immigration, that’s not my principle argument.

My argument for leaving is that we have nothing to benefit by staying in the EU, while we lose our rights every year where in the union. The EU in its present form is a bureaucratic technocracy that decides its laws without any discussion or public approval. Anyone who’s been involved with Brussels will tell you that the EU has nothing but contempt for the people. Even the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, openly confessed that “there can be no democratic choice against the European treaties”. That alone should be proof that the EU is a tyranny, and those words came straight from the horse’s mouth, the same man who said that “when it becomes serious, you have to lie”.

The EU will also punish elected officials for their dissent. Remember when former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was involved in a sex scandal with an underage prostitute? That’s not the reason he resigned. At some point, Berlusconi spoke out against the EU, saying that the EU had made Italians poorer. In 2011, he was practically ousted from power, and was replaced with an unelected technocrat named Mario Monti, a man whom Italians thought was so inept that they voted him out in 2013. Also in 2011, Greece’s PM George Papandreou called for a new referendum on the Greek bailout, and was promptly replaced by a Eurocrat named Lucas Papademos.

Juncker has also never given any rational argument for why we should remain in the EU, and you would think that the President of the European Commission would have some kind of argument against Brexit, but he’s clearly a megalomaniacal dictator. However, Juncker also admitted that the EU has no Plan B for when Brexit happens, so when we leave, we have all the power we want, and Juncker can’t do anything about it. The EU knows this, and they’re doing everything they can in order to convince us to remain in what is clearly an abusive relationship with a tyrannical superstate.

However, if you ignore all the threatening rhetoric of the Remain camp, you eventually realize that the Remain camp has no logical argument. The Leave camp, as I’ve come to realize, has provable facts and statistics, and can actually articulate their cause with sound reasoning. Even Nigel Farage, who is normally reviled by the mainstream press as a racist, can reasonably make a point in this debate. All the Remain camp has is scaremongering, virtue signalling, and vested financial interests that depend in remaining in the EU. In the absence of any reasonable arguments, all the Remain camp can do is appeal to a voter’s psychological aversion to change, and a young person’s desire not to seem racist to his/her progressive friends. The Leave camp, meanwhile, cares about democracy, and about the right to elect or remove those in power, a right we may lose if we remain in the EU. People on the Remain camp are also under the impression that we need to stay so that we can reform the EU from within. Given that none of our MEP’s have any influence in the EU, the idea that we have any hope of reforming the EU from within is simply laughable.

The other reason I feel that Brexit is the right choice is because the establishment is so scared of Brexit that it’s downright suspicious. They’re trying to trick the young people into voting for the establishment, the same establishment that has absolute contempt for the electorate. The elitist snobbery of the political class is more obvious than ever in this referendum, and if the Remain side has to resort to publicly calling Brexit voters “racists” and “neo-nazis”, and encouraging you not ask your grandfather about politics (as Pat Glass has done), then the Remain side has already lost.

I’ll end this article by making one final point. A vote for Remain is a vote for the establishment, and another generation of economic stagnation and civil unrest. It’s a vote for nihilism, it’s a vote for pessimism, and I believe that if the nation votes Remain, we will be telling the European Union that we are weak, and willing to admit defeat. I’m not a nationalist, but even I don’t think that sounds very British, and that’s not even why I’m voting Leave. I support Brexit because I care about democracy, and I care enough about this country that I don’t want to see it suffering from the same disease that the most of Europe is suffering as a result of the EU exercising power without responsibility. If you care about individual freedom, democracy, the right to hold your leaders accountable, and the future of this country as a whole, then the only reasonable choice is to vote Leave on June 23rd.

If you’re still not convinced, then I will leave you the link for Brexit: The Movie, which I feel can argue a better case for Leave than anyone can for Remain side. If you’re interested, the link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMxfAkxfQ0

Unlocking the nation’s chastity belt

 

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British politics is in quite a sorry state. The Tories are apparently so childish that they actively drown out whatever point opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tries to make, and Labour is hopelessly divided, which brings us to a particular issue that Labour has decided to bicker about. Last week, Jeremy Corbyn upset various members of his own party by saying  to students at Goldsmiths University that he would prefer to decriminalize sex industry, on the grounds that he would not “want people to be criminalized”. This statement was made two months after Leeds introduced a fully legal red light district, which was set up after recent research had found that police action against sex workers failed to reduce levels of prostitution in the area.

While Corbyn’s reasons were quite valid, he’s inadvertently revealed that people in his own party aren’t exactly ready for this discussion, as perhaps best demonstrated by the temper tantrum thrown by Harriet Harman, who openly stated that “women should be protected and men prosecuted”. Similarly, another Labour MP, Caroline Flint, spent her energies riling up the Labour backbenchers into a frenzy over the matter, and has consistently posted outraged rants on Twitter espousing the claim that prostitution is “not an industry”, and claiming that “few people in the sex industry are there by choice”.

Of course, Flint and others like her have made a plethora of claims about prostitution and the sex industry, but these have not been backed by any sort of statistical evidence. In fact, when one sex worker asked Caroline Flint to back up her claims, she was blocked. The Labour MP continued blocking other sex workers and activists from responding to her tweets, under the delusion that she and others like her are protecting sex workers. It seems very obvious that people like Caroline Flint and Harriet Harman have no idea how to treat sex workers, since they’re treating them as if they can’t make their own choices, and since they’re always referring to female sex workers, it’s literally not very much different to how sexist they perceive the sex industry to be. Say what you will about prostitution, but which is more sexist – an industry where men can pay for sex with women (or the other way around), or politicians treating female sex workers like children?

For me, this is the other thing that is very weird about the discussion of prostitution. Whenever most people discuss the sex industry, whether in politics or not, they always refer to female sex workers, even though there are male prostitutes (and a wide range of words for them). Depressingly, any talk about the sex industry in the political arena is almost bound to involve slut shaming, and if that’s not enough, it’s mainly the female MP’s that seem to be doing a lot of the shaming. It shouldn’t be too surprising though, because in this country, they’re the ones enforcing the narrative that sex work is rape, sex workers are victims without agency, and that willing prostitutes are “handmaidens of the patriarchy”. That does not sound like a party that empowers women. In fact, they sound no different to the conservatives.

That’s why Jeremy Corbyn’s call to decriminalize the sex industry is important. He revealed just how little Labour’s zealously prudish backbenchers cared about the rights of sex workers. People like Harriet Harman believe that they want to protect sex workers from exploitation, and have readily accused Jeremy Corbyn of “betraying women” and “supporting pimps”. What they won’t allow themselves to realize (and probably would realize if they did the research) is that not only do many prostitutes do sell sex on their volition (even if it’s mainly for the money), but also that, if prostitution was completely legal, pimps would actually have less power than they would if prostitution was completely illegal. In countries where it isn’t, most prostitutes wouldn’t be likely to call the cops for fear of legal reprisals, thus they wouldn’t be able to do anything about the risk of physical assault from either their pimps or their clients.

As for the so-called “Nordic model”, which criminalises the purchasing of services from a sex worker, there are numerous testimonies from sex workers who say that it has done more to harm women in the sex trade than helping them. In turn, the Nordic model sounds more like the 18th Amendment, with idealistic intentions and poor results. If such a model were introduced in the UK, we’d only be taking a step backward, and all because most of this country’s politicians can’t talk about the sex industry in a frank and mature fashion. Yes, sex work has been known to be a dangerous profession under certain circumstances, but tighter criminalization of the trade will not do anything to help them, and will only make matters worse.

Education is not a privilege

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Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed the Tory government and our Prime Minister David Cameron attacking everything that makes people’s lives easier just to keep their rich friends afloat. The government seems to have a particular hatred for education, as evidenced by a checklist of their past atrocities. They’ve been raising tuition fees, making cuts to post-16 and higher education, making cuts to the Disabled Student Allowance, and trying to drop 20th century American novels from the national syllabus. If you thought that our slimy Tory government could sink any lower, then look no further. Their burning hatred of education is extending to student maintenance grants, which they are attempting to scrap without holding any proper debate (probably because they know any real debate wouldn’t end the way they’d like it).

Naturally, the very idea of scrapping student maintenance grants for the poorest students has sparked outrage from students and politicians alike, mainly because only 18 MP’s talked about it, and without any proper debate whatsoever. It is perhaps the single most undemocratic decision our government is making so far, but then, what were we expecting when we nation collectively decided to pardon David Cameron in the last election? We all knew that Cameron was going to screw this country over yet again, and many of us didn’t even want to vote for him, but apparently there was an even greater amount of morons who bought Mr. Cameron’s bullshit at the last minute, and unless something is done, the next generation will pay the price.

I must wonder what our government assumes about us young people. They must assume that higher education is just as much a privilege for us as it must have been for David Cameron and his Eton chums. The reality is that the job market is still horrendously tight. For young people like myself, higher education offers a way of acquiring not just an attractive degree, but also crucial employability skills that are vital for anyone’s professional survival. Hence, for many young people, higher education is not just an attractive prospect, but also a necessity for attaining our various career aspirations. Our parents know this as well, so when they hear about the government’s plans to scrap the maintenance grants for the poorest students, they’ll inevitably worry that this will discourage young people from even considering higher education.

As a Coleg Sir Gar student (who often asks myself what I’m still doing there) hoping to make the big leap to university, I have every reason to worry about this, but what worries me more is that millions of young people could make the same mistake I did when I was 18. I worry that many young people will dismiss higher education purely because of the costs associated with university. If I could go back in time to the year 2012, I’d tell myself not to worry too much about the financial side, because there is help out there for those who need it (providing the government isn’t planning to cut that too).

Thankfully, there is some hope. There’s a petition going around and it already has enough supporters to merit a debate in parliament. The only question is will our voices be heard? Will the petition make impact on overturning an unjust and illogical plan, or will David Cameron’s government attempt to suppress our voice once again? Whatever the outcome, it is important to remember that any attack on higher education risks silencing young voices and crushing young talent, and if we have any hope of rescuing the country from its bleak situation, then the government must consider the importance of young talent, rather than depriving them of what I now accept to be perhaps the best pathway to a career they could hope for.

If you wish to sign the petition, the link is here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109649