But in the mean time do we try to prepare for this future with a political leadership emboldened by the votes of the young and radical, or the “just like the good old days” views of the ‘boomers, many of whom won’t be around to reap the consequences?
… and forget about the intervening years.
Marcel Kornblum

This is the opposite of what I’m suggesting. The radical choice is clearly leave — remain is the very definition of “like the good old days” — it says so in the word itself.

Final word on this — as you clearly feel very strongly about it — a lot more so that I do, if I’m honest. I’m only presenting my case, and even though I’ve published my decision online, I’m not trying to persuade anyone else — I have friends / colleagues and advisers on both sides of the argument. (FWIW I wouldn’t be pushing for a referendum if there hadn’t been one — I was quite happy with the status quo, and have always been very pro-Europe.)

I don’t think we face an apocalypse whichever way we vote — leave will mean a period of instability, for sure — but I don’t for one moment believe it will be the catastrophe some suggest. As a country we have everything going for us and I believe the future’s going to be great whichever way we go (so do the ‘influential sources’ for that matter — even the pessimists aren’t suggesting we’ll be poorer — just that we’ll ‘less richer’ than we would have been). We’re not moving the country anywhere, or putting up a wall to keep the Europeans out, and if we slip from fifth to sixth in the list of richest countries… well that’s a definitive “first-world problem”, and still leaves us better off that the other 190.

I just think it’s a shame that we feel we have to be bound to a (fragile, inflexible and ineffective) political union to reap the benefits. The example I use when thinking about this is Universal Basic Income — if you had to have a serious discussion about UBI within the EU it would be dead on arrival. And if you can’t have a serious discussion about something that radical (healthcare, employment, energy, defence, democracy itself — all will require radical thinking), then you are not prepared for the future. (IMO).

The biggest issue that I see — and that you have highlighted — is whether our own current crop of politicians are themselves capable of running the country in the event of a Leave vote. I get that, and I wouldn’t vote for Boris, Gove, Osborne, Farage, Corbyn myself either — but to make a decision that will affect the next 30 years based on who is now in charge seems short-sighted — that’s what we have elections for. Remember that when the previous decision was made (1975) it was another five years before the dominant political figure of my lifetime made it to No.10, and a further 15 before the most European prime minister of recent times was elected. “A week is a long time in politics”, etc.

And finally… it’s worth bearing in mind my own situation — I don’t have children, which allows me the freedom to ignore specific short-term issues. I want the country to be stronger in thirty years, and am prepared to weather a storm to get there. I appreciate that for those with families they have other, more immediate, priorities.

(PS I’m also not suggesting that the Singularity should affect anyone’s decision — it’s a 1 in a million shot.)

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