Recently, especially since writing my last post, I think I’ve become more political when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum. In my last post, I remember not really caring whether people wanted to stay or not. Well, I did care, obviously, because I want the UK to stay in the EU, but I did say that I understand both parts of the argument.
I have since changed my mind, almost entirely.
Honestly, I do think this whole thing is a little bit stupid. I still question why we wouldn’t want to stay in the EU? The Vote Leave campaigners always talk about how much money we give the EU, but they never talk about how much we get back from it. It’s not like we never see the money ever again. I get the argument that they would rather use all of the money on the UK alone, but I just think they’re making a bit of a big deal out of it.
Secondly, let’s talk about immigration. I have since met more people who argue that leaving the EU will mean we can tackle immigration, but come on guys, open your eyes. The UK is an island, so we are surrounded by water which means immigrants and refugees and anyone else trying to get into the UK will still try and get into the UK! Just because we’re not part of the EU, that doesn’t mean people will immediately think, “Oh, no hang on Dave, they’re not part of the EU, we need to go somewhere else”.
Continuing on from that, I think a lot of Vote Leave campaigners are now using immigration as the main reason to leave the EU, but when you think about it, their ideas are somewhat racist. I was talking to someone, who for the purpose of this post will remain nameless, and they did seem to be a bit racist. When I was talking to them, it wasn’t like they were being extremely racist, but they were definitely hinting at it. Plus, they want to leave the EU. They told me this, and they were also mentioning how there’s no space for more people, but they were clearly talking about refugees or people of a different ethnicity or race, rather than people from North America or Australia, for example.
I know I’m ranting. I know. I didn’t think that this whole referendum would be something I would feel so passionately about. I am by no means a politician, and nor would I like to be one. I think I’d be a terrible politician, and I definitely don’t think politics is one of my areas of interest. But it’s the younger generations who will be affected by this referendum, and I may be generalising here, but it seems that a lot of older people are the ones who are voting to leave. This referendum isn’t something that we can vote on again in 5 years time. It’s going to change everything. If we leave, there is no real plan for what we’re going to do, as far as I’m aware, and if we stay, at least we know that for the near future, things will stay pretty much the same. But don’t take my word for it, I am in no way psychic!
There is a song in Hamilton The Musical, sung by King George III called “What Comes Next”, and it’s so relevant to this referendum. Some of the lyrics include “when your people say they hate you, don’t come crying back to me”, which I think will be like the EU if Britain does leave, and eventually decides that we want to come back again. It’s a very funny song, you should listen to it. (Just saying!)
Anyway, I think that’s enough from me, so I am going to leave this post here. Let me know what you think about this whole thing in the comments!