What We Want and the Expectations of a New Government

democratic rights, European Commission; trade agreements; environmental impact; employment rights; democracy, trade agreement

In the weeks and months ahead the UK will seek to encapsulate the messages behind the huge vote to leave the EU and try to crystalize them into a coherent plan or strategy that will formulate the needs of the UK in divorce negotiations with the EU. Some will claim they voted to leave the EU because of immigration which was the main line of argument being put forward by the media who are only interested in stirring things up and dividing people into neat, manageable pigeon holes. However I think many were more swayed by the economic argument that there are no, or very few real jobs in the UK anymore. Most jobs are in the service sector which are casual by nature and badly paid.

Up until 6 years ago young people were full of enthusiasm for their lives and went to university believing that if they got a degree they would get a better paid job. Tony Blair expanded the subjects students could get degrees in, so quite a few were/are useless. Subjects such as media or film making are the kinds of subjects that should be taught on the job or at least be learned as a BTEC subject (higher education), which partly denigrates the status of a degree.

However successive governments of all shades in the UK have dumbed down education to the effect that I can say that when I took my O’Levels they were replaced by GCSE’s by the Thatcher government, thereafter things rapidly declined to a point where employers have absolutely no confidence in the quality of job candidates applying for positions in firms.

Fault also lies with lazy employers who are only interested in what they can get out of a person, rather than what they can invest in a person that will make them more effective in the workplace. This goes across both private firms and public sector industries.

Fault also lies with townplanners and developers across the UK. So many times planning permission is given for residential flats and housing estates with little or no provision given for the corner shop, schools, nurseries, local restaurants or cafes, libraries, community centres, doctors and dentist surgeries as well as somewhere safe to actually walk not just use the car. These are the integral parts that build communities and allow congregation and familiarisation of people in neighbourhoods. Without them new people coming, wherever they come from whether its across the world or from the next town will cause tension in competing for local services that are completely unnecessary. This was understood by philanthropists in the Victorian era. However, it seems politicians these days have had their heads turned by more sinister ideas being forced upon us and them.

Another huge worry was TTIP. Many people have become aware of it through public campaigns and were hugely thankful when Barak Obama said the UK would be at the back of the queue when negotiating trade deals with the USA. TTIP is one deal we are very glad to be at the back of the queue. Any UK politician should steer well clear of TTIP, TISA and other such “trade deals” as they have nothing whatsoever to do with trade and everything to do with giving up sovereignty, which the British people have spoken on loud and clearly.

The United Kingdom and the people within it are very far from being free. In fact we are as “free” as the Americans. Americans are enslaved people, the UK in its bid to be as close as possible an ally of the USA is happy to emulate so many of its ways, to the detriment of our own. We are not the 51st state, nor the 52nd and have no wish to be so.

Another thing people were seething with anger about was and is the micromanagement of human behaviour that attracts ever increasing legislation that is completely unnecessary. What time you put your bins out to be emptied, how your rubbish is to be sorted, what you can say or think, you can only do so as directed either by Brussels or by the pigmies in Westminster. This is why both Westminster and Brussels got the full brunt of the seething anger of the British people where it really counts. 6 years of unrelenting pushing against those who have the least, are the most vulnerable and who have been asked to sacrifice the most built up to a crescendo that was unleashed on 23rd June. The new PM will very much be judged on her performance like no other PM before her. This is a healthy dose of realism borne out of those 6 years of suffering. Under the new government people won’t just melt into the background grateful that the previously hated jingoistic liars and thieves have gone, we want a government that actually works for ordinary people and puts ordinary people first. If that means that Article 50 isn’t invoked at all, then so be it. The EU can go to hell in a handcart.

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