This was posted on my FB wall.
The astute among you will have noticed that I declined to become involved in most of the hand wringing and wailing yesterday. I'm not going to start today, but I did realise yesterday that there is a need to clear the air.
I don't have many friends who voted Leave. The ones who did had slightly elevated reasons for their vote - they were genuinely concerned about democratic concepts. My posts were public, however, so like most people who publicly stated we should Remain, throughout the campaign I saw a litany of threats, abuse and claims that I was either some sort of elitist schill planting lies and deception or just speaking only for myself and should have my swimming pool privilege curtailed.
The campaign is now concluded and Leave has won. I accept the result, and have no intention of arguing that it was unfair, should be run again, or that despite the vote we should do anything else other than Leave.
Can I therefore ask those of you that made those accusations during this campaign to read the following in the frank and honest way it is written. I engaged with two posts yesterday, and despite the end of the campaign the accusations and abuse continue. So please let's put this to bed and move on:
1) The £350 million actually is a lie. It really doesn't exist. All the people who told you that, me included, weren't lying to you, it really isn't there. You can't therefore spend it, no matter how many 38 degrees petitions you sign. The reason Brexit leaders have suddenly gone quiet on it is because they were lying.
2) Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is a real thing, and to leave the EU we are actually going to have to invoke it. It actually is a very punitive piece of law meant to discourage countries from leaving. We cannot renegotiate it. The reason Cameron wouldn't invoke it yesterday, and now Johnson, Redwood and Hannan are saying we need time today is because it's absolutely terrible for the British economy. When Gove, Farage and Johnson told you repeatedly that we would get an even better deal out of the EU they were lying. We don't get to negotiate and the EU is going to offer us something much worse and we will have to accept it. We already had the best deal available. Honestly.
3) We do honestly need those immigrants. We need their work and their tax. Hannan last night was claiming this referendum was never about immigration. Johnson yesterday was saying that we couldn't really have a cap on immigration. Large employers were on the phone to their MPs yesterday telling them that no immigration caps are going to be acceptable. Because, and I really respectfully understand that some of you really won't like this, our immigration 'challenge' isn't going to be solved by leaving the EU. On balance, the vote itself will have no impact at all. Honestly. Judging by social media, though, many EU citizens might leave because they are worried by the campaign and the atmosphere. They are also worried that the money they are earning just got effectively cut by 11%. If you see a fall in the immigration numbers, that will be the reason; that we're seen as a less hospitable nation that isn't a great place to earn money. You won't see huge cuts to immigration because of your vote. Honestly.
4) those warnings you heard about the economy that were labelled 'Project Fear'. Inflation will rise - you will see this at the garage this week. The pound has lost 11% of its value. If you have a private pension plan it is worth less today - as much as 27% less. Billions of pounds have already been lost out of the U.K. Economy. More will go in the next seven years before we even get close to where we already were. We might, on balance, avoid a full blown recession. This will be achieved by gifting banks in excess of £250 billion we won't ever get back. People are going to lose their jobs. Areas of the country like Cornwall, the North East, East Anglia that relied on EU subsidies are in very deep trouble. Some of it got hyped up - Osborne's fake budget was stupid, it's why I didn't post it, but your taxes will have to rise to pay for all the fall out. We will have to borrow more money or shut more services. Economically, things will be much worse in the short term and slightly worse in the long term. And when you see a bounce in the value of sterling and the stock market next week and it's hailed as the world realising Britain is great; that's not true either. We are holding a garage sale of our assets and just announced a two for one offer. Economists and experts were right. Michael Gove was wrong.
I know you genuinely believed I and others were lying or seeking to serve our own interests, but I honestly wasn't.
I'm not a genius or a psychic. I read a lot and try and get information from good sources. That doesn't make me better than you or cleverer than you, and offering you my opinion after I've done that isn't meant to be patronising. I completely understand that sometimes it reads like it is, because I get frustrated when things I know to be correct are answered by comments like "never heard of article 50, this vote isn't about that'.
I honestly hope you can make this work. I genuinely find the back pedalling from Brexit deeply distasteful and dishonest; people voted to Leave and the U.K. should leave. But let's never have another vote held in an atmosphere like this ever again.
There, I've said everything I have to say about it.
Now, about those music venues.......
I think that this is a brilliant post. Would have expected a reply or two by now to the points you are raising.