Jo Cox is a martyr to British democracy. Why have we had taken from us one who was clearly so worthy when so much of Parliament is comprised of the venal and self-serving? Many MPs will not even meet their constituents if they do not like the questions they have to ask. I have too much experience of MPs refusing to meet or assist their constituents who need access to medicinal cannabis. Some are cowards who avoid controversial issues and disrespect their constituents’ views. Jo Cox was the very opposite and we must hope that some good comes from her sacrifice.
I saw my own MP, Oliver Letwin, just a couple of weeks ago and I wandered into this picturesque folly on the side of a church in Beaminster and there he was, no security, no entourage, not even a friendly bobby on the door. He saw me through the window and called me in. Is such informality, such casual access to a senior government minister, to be lost, even in deepest, rural Dorset?
We have no reliable information yet on the killer’s motivation but I see that has not stopped almost instantaneous and divisive speculation. What is certain though is that the febrile atmosphere of this referendum campaign has brought more tension and division into our society than I have seen before.
I said this to Oliver when I met him. His response was that this is democracy and the very nature of a referendum. That is true but I do believe that the tactics used on both sides of this campaign have engendered far too much hate in Britain. For many this has caused great fear and confusion, particularly for the feeble minded or those that are easily led and can have their emotions inflamed by rhetoric.
The disgusting behaviour of the stinking-rich oaf Bob Geldof, abusing hard working and courageous British fishermen who have seen their livelihood devastated by the EU. The vile UKIP poster of a queue of migrants released just a hour or so before Jo’s murder. Nigel Farage is greatly to be admired for his determined and principled work but this poster is a mistake and inflames racial tension.
Most of all though, I blame this almost hysterical upsurge in hatred on Cameron’s Project Fear. He and Osborne told people we would be alright if we left the EU and everything would be be OK, we could make our decision without fear that either choice would be a catastrophic mistake. Immediately though they have engaged in a campaign of terrorism, predicting chaos, disaster and mayhem if we vote to leave. Osborne’s scaremongering about a post-Brexit emergency budget was the nadir of Project Fear. He has stepped so far over the line that he will never command the trust of the British people again.
I have already submitted my postal vote and it is #VoteLeave. I know it is the opposite of what Jo Cox would have voted but I pay tribute to her as a politician who stood for democracy and, in my view, that is what this referendum is about. It’s not ‘…about the economy, stupid.’ Neither is it about immigration. It’s about self-determination and being governed by people we elect, not faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats.
A House of Commons full of MPs with the sincerity and good faith of Jo Cox would be my ideal. I believe that is what we should work towards, not abdicating our responsibility to some out-of-touch superstate, not led into servitude by a self-serving, elite of privileged politicians who rely on fear and scaremongering and try to intimidate us into a vote that is not freely chosen.
For all you food fad fashionistas, vegans and vegetablists, with your gluten-free, organic, quinoa, tofu, dairy-free and right-on, overpriced naaaturaaal, whole and holy foods, this is the day you got found out!
Only the BBC could do a great programme like this which exposes, gently but unmercifully, the giant confidence trick that is the health food, supplement and superfood business.
It’s all a load of codswallop. You’re being cheated into spending tens of pounds on rip-off products when you can eat healthily for pennies.
Watch it and weep for those have been taken in by the goji berries and coconut oil scam. A pack of butter and an apple is a far better buy.
So I posted my EU referendum ballot paper this afternoon. Then I popped into the Post Office to send a ‘signed for’ letter and buy some beer.
On the way out there was our trusted postman emptying the box. “Be careful with that”, I called. “My vote leave papers are in there. Make sure they get where they’re going safely!”
“Oooh aarh”, he said in his deep Dorset accent. “We’re sorting all the leave votes out, confiscating them. Every postie gets a quid for each vote out that he intercepts.”
I’m sure he was joking. But I’m not at all sure that if EU commissioners, the bankers and Cameron thought they could get away with it, they wouldn’t do exactly that.
If we vote to leave I’m not convinced that, as in Ireland and Greece, they won’t just force another referendum until they get the result they want.
This is the best reason of all to vote leave. They are all corrupt, self-serving and anti-democratic.
Do your duty and vote LEAVE for your children’s future.
I am a liberal and a democrat. That makes it absolutely impossible for me to vote to remain part of the illiberal and undemocratic EU.
I think it is an abomination that my party has betrayed all its principles and sold out for the illusory belief that any reform will take place within the EU. On the contrary, as clearly set out by the EU’s founding father Jean Monnet, it will inevitably move towards more and more integration until our nation is subsumed into a Greater Franco-German Empire.
To my fellow members – you’ve been conned, cheated and mugged. This suits the party leadership because like most UK politicians they are entirely self-serving. The EU guarantees them jobs for life, endless taxpayer-funded junkets and expenses. When like Neil Kinnock or Peter Mandelson, they lose the support of voters they will go to the EU as commissioners with a fabulous lifestyle of excess and extravagance at our expense.
The EU is corrupt from beginning to end. Frankly, even if we vote to leave on 23rd June there will be another referendum, just like in Ireland, until the oligarchy gets the result it wants.
These two lowlife posh boys have now gone right over the edge into bare faced deceit and lies.
As if all their taxpayer-funded scaremongering wasn’t enough, they are now blatantly misusing our money to further their personal political interests. They have ordered the Governor of the Bank of England and senior NHS executives to support their ‘Remain’ campaign. They have used the civil service to prepare inaccurate and misleading information intended only to support their arguments and further their political careers.
Perhaps this should come as no surprise in view of the putative criminal charges concerning the Conservatives election expenses in the 2015 general election. It is clear that Cameron and Osborne believe they are above the law.
Just as Blair must be brought before the courts for the lies he told over the war on Iraq, so this pair of confidence tricksters must face justice. Whatever the result of the referendum there is no doubt that the leadership of the Conservative Party is corrupt.
The stitch-up between big business, politicians, civil servants and bankers should be crystal clear to anyone with eyes and ears. It is vital to the future of our children and grandchildren that we vote to leave the EU in a month’s time. The alternative is that we subsume ourselves forever under the yoke of transnational business, self-serving, corrupt governments intent on widening the divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’.
Intelligent people, including, to my amazement, fellow members of the Liberal Democrats, are intent on relinquishing all principles of liberalism and democracy – and for what?
All the Project Fear scaremongering, the ganging-up of the CBI, the Bank of England and all the rest of the establishment flunkies, reveals exactly what is going on. Just as we were lied to and deceived over the need for war in Iraq, we are being led by deception and falsehood into an ever-closer union that will fill the pockets and enhance the power of corporate political interests.
This referendum is not about the economy. It is about much bigger and more important principles of self-determination, democracy and freedom. I believe that such principles will also, in the end, bring us more prosperity.
Leaving the EU is most important for our children. Young people themselves must vote for opportunity. Be for Europe but not the EU. Be for co-operation but without a straightjacket. Be ourselves
The political elite wants it. The parasite outsourcing companies that suck up billions in taxpayers’ money want it. The civil servants in 28 countries want it. When you see David Cameron, Harriet Harman, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, George Osborne, Michael Heseltine all want it, ask yourself why?
It’s a stitch-up! You’re being lied to, intimidated and deceived. Independence Day is 23rd June. Make sure you make the right choice.