Why are the leavers so quiet?
To be labelled a xenophobe and racist for believing in something which in my eyes is unrelated, is a confronting reality. To be aligned with Trump isn’t exactly something I aspire to either. And to be told my views will lead to the downfall of a nation, or global economic meltdowns, well, let’s just say it’s no surprise the ‘leavers’ prefer to remain silent from sharing their support for Brexit, with such overwhelming fallacies being propagated as popular views.
Our views are based on lies
With renound and educated experts on both sides heralding their absolute confidence in absolute polar opposite views, it’s official – nobody really has a clue of what the impacts are. Last I checked a fact was “a thing that is known or proved to be true”. Through reading the “facts” presented by both sides www.strongerin.co.uk/get_the_facts and https://leave.eu/en/the-facts, their sheer contractions one can conclude that the actual facts are far from known. So, why are we are still quick and bewilderingly happy to put ourselves into either of the camps?
It’s not the first time in our recent history that a nation has made decisions based on lies, leading a public to believe that taking wrong action is right. Our middle east interests for example were (officially thanks to the impending Chilcot report https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Inquiry) misrepresented to the public which led the world into a much darker unstable place.
What is the EU anyway?
Let’s be clear, the EU is not Europe, which the UK will always be part of. In opting to leave the EU we are surrendering our involvement with the institutions which comprise the EU and the things which they govern, we are not giving up on Europe itself. We can remain proudly European irrespective of our referendum persuasions.
To understand the EU would require, at the very least, a basic knowledge of the seven institutions which comprise the EU: the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Auditors. Let alone what they do, how they’re governed and vitally what power they hold over the things that influence our lives and how one is appointed to these institutions (where average salaries apparently far exceed those of our public servants).
I would suggest there are very few people who understand what ‘being in the EU’ even means and are dangerously confusing that with being European. Whatever you think of Farage, you have to admire his questioning of what is the EU (https://youtu.be/dranqFntNgo).
Living with our shortcomings
Whilst we’re on the subject of facts, let’s talk about some facts relating to humanity and power, as it’s a fact that some (I remain optimistic that most) humans are good, but that some are also bad. Some are selfless whilst others of us are selfish. Whilst some have a desire to fix our world, there are those who seek only to fix only their own house. Greed and corruption is therefore, and will always be, a way of life.
It’s also a fact that democracy gives power to the people, letting them choose their leaders and outcomes, in theory at least. The more power we give to a government, the more of our world and lives we allow them to govern. And it’s a fact that our leaders will in some cases be good, and in others not. Corruption and greed will be ever present, a reality we must and do accept to live with. And the effects shouldn’t be underestimated like recent GFC showed us. So whatever happens we accept that in democracy we will suffer sometimes from the greed and corruptions which exists, to varying degrees, in us all.
We’ve handed over too much
The EU is comprised of (now) 27 member states and so the influence, whatever the influence of those seven EU institutions are, is far reaching. And logically, the longer the EU exists, the deeper that reach becomes too. The influence therefore we are essentially handing to those (albeit few) corrupt and greedy with, should be of concern to all.
The power we’ve handed to the EU, a single entity, to influence our lives, our taxes, our world, is something we’ve stupidly become blind to, as significant discussions and decisions which influence our lives are conducted behind closed doors in a country far away from us and therefore from our view and consciousness too. The TTIP is a great example of something so significant yet so secretive most haven’t even heard of it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_Trade_and_Investment_Partnership) being done ‘on our behalf’ without our knowledge, which would give US corporates unprecedented rights over how they conduct trade in Europe and how they manage our data, privacy and IP.
The need for change
Obama, famous for embracing social media, in a recent Facebook Live event with Mark Zuckerberg (www.facebook.com/zuck), called out the frightening new reality and potential of a connected world and youth who can connect with and influence politics through non-established channels. Citing examples like the recent Arab spring.
Watching the referendum results pour in live, 30 million opinions boil down to a single moment transparent for all to see, made me believe that the time for change in how a democracy is run and governed is upon us.
Change is not without risks
Of course, in a time where far right-wing opinions are becoming more popular, it would be foolish to ignore the fact that for some leaving the EU was driven by nationalist and at times racist viewpoints too. And there is a risk that in this time of turmoil that those far-right movements will gain confidence in the belief that the people’s choice to leave the EU is in some way support of their causes. It’s not.
The disenfranchised Leavers want change, that is what the EU referendum, shows us. Simple. 17 million of us. But, that doesn’t mean there are 17 million immigrant fearing people out there, ready to support far-right movements, something which the Remain campaign is trying to portray.
The change we all want is hard to articulate. It is driven by a want for better, for ourselves and our children. We all feel the effects of a wider rich poor divide, global inequalities, corporate greed, but we don’t understand it or know who to blame. These are confused times and whilst removing ourselves from the EU is a start of change, we have to continue to support change, or risk the far-right movements capitalising on the confusion.
It’s not about the EU
A more distributed democracy where we don’t allow anonymous people in anonymous institutions to make decisions which influence our world, our society, is something we can, thanks to technology, create and expect. Leaving the EU was a good start for driving a wider change to how democracy works, which thanks to technology is now highly achievable.
In a day and age where technology has done so much, we should now be pushing for more change and allow us to have a bigger say on more important matters like where our taxes get invested, how we treat immigrants with humanity and dignity, where local government should be spending their time. It’s possible, so why has it not happened?
Leaving the EU was not as some would have you believe the rising far-right wing. But in my opinion it was a cry for change. A call to be listened to. A single voice of a frustrated population. I hope that we all continue to push for change and not let the corrupt few capitalise on the short damage it has created.