I voted out yesterday in the UK European referendum. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Yet the outstanding majority of posts on my Facebook and Twitter feeds were overwhelmingly favouring Remain, my humble opinion for my choice was that in times of austerity, we need to cut unnecessary expenditure, and paying for membership to the EU was an expense we can do without.
This morning, the last thing I expected was to hear the result from a friend in Canada, who, after I’d told her how I’d voted, said that I must be happy now then. At that point I didn’t know the result, I had literally just got up and had logged into FB while waiting for the kettle to boil, but took from context that the majority had voted to leave. My morning cup of tea was forgotten as I followed the progress of the news, and Cameron’s ultimate resignation.
And there I think (at least this is my opinion anyway) is the hub of it. The people weren’t voting for Britain’s best interest at heart. The Government for years have been telling us that in times of austerity, that difficult choices have to be made, that we are all in it together, and have been slashing benefits for sick and disabled people left, right and centre. People who really shouldn’t be in the workforce are being told they are capable of work and are struggling to find suitable employment, while at the same time trying to cope with their own personal ailments. Government sanctions have plunged people into more debt when their attempts to find work are ultimately unsuccessful. Whether it’s cuts to ESA or the bedroom tax, ordinary people have been squeezed dry under this government, and with no obvious signs that the leaders of this great country are also bearing the brunt of these so called ‘austerity’ measures.
Maybe if they took a salary cut, or even freeze,(like they expect teachers and nurses to do) maybe if they would forgo their generous expenses claims for a term of office, we would appreciate they were making an effort on our behalf, but these things have not happened. Instead we get reports that they still increase their salaries way above the rate of inflation, and this makes people mad.
We are obviously not all in it together.
Both sides of this referendum fought a dirty campaign. There were no unbiased reports given to the public, the Government, with Cameron at the helm would say We are stronger in Europe, listing any number if facts that I, if not many others, couldn’t follow. If they had given us an unbiased summary of the pro’s and con’s, the electorate would have made a more informed choice and just maybe the results would have been different.
As it is, I believe the UK are fed up to the back teeth of being told what to do, has voted with it’s guts, and rebelled against the political establishment.
Only time will tell if I, and the rest of the UK, are right to have done so.