#MarchForEurope

#MarchForEurope has been shown over news channels around the county/world today.

The organizer was given a platform to speak by the BBC and he had some interesting things to say.

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‘Democracy didn’t end last Thursday with that result’ – Correct.

Approximately 52% of the country voted to leave the European Union. And as of yet we haven’t seen evidence that the will of the majority will be overturned. If we do leave the EU, which I wholeheartedly believe we will, then he statement will be proven correct. We have just started a process of regaining a true democracy in this country, where the people’s voice is heard and the majority rules.

‘Voices and the beliefs of the leave side should definitely be acknowledged’ – Thank you.

We would have expected nothing less. A referendum was held, the majority voted to leave the EU and so we should be heard. This country is a parliamentary democracy, which means we elect leaders to sit in parliament to represent our views and implement policy that the majority of people agree with.

Now up until now it sounds like this fellow makes a lot of sense when you snip out parts of what he was saying. Until he says this.

‘Must be some way we can stay in the EU’ – No.

You have conceded that the voices and the beliefs of Brexiteers should be acknowledged and that we still have a democracy. The democracy didn’t end for sure. We were asked what we want, and now that must be carried out. To want us to stay in the EU after the referendum result is to suggest that our democracy should end.

What made this particular event worse is the appearance of Bob Geldof and the Liberal Democrats.

A political party which uses the word ‘Democrat’ in its name should probably not be part of a movement opposing democracy, especially when that party has little to no credibility or seats. Bob Geldof showing up doesn’t help anyone’s cause as we saw with the boat fiasco. A rich celebrity telling us how we will all be better in the EU and he knows best is like being spat at in the face.

Events like this just show how bitter the ‘Stronger In’ side are. Britain deserves better than to have its democracy squashed by a few thousand demonstrators. The losers, who always think the are the smartest, are always the loudest. But if they are so smart then why do they lose.

Conservative Leadership

Over the past few days conservatives will have been trying to figure out, if their mind was not already made up, who to support in the race for leadership of the Conservative Party.

The only three who look like real contenders are:

  • Andrea Leadsom
  • Theresa May
  • Michael Gove

Theresa May

It is hard to see, regardless of the immediate traction she had, that Theresa May will be the next leader of the conservative party. This is down to the fact that ‘Brexit’ is happening. There is a clear democratic mandate for Britain’s will to leave the European Union. Theresa May probably was a closeted ‘brexiteer’ who was hedging her bets that remain would win and wanted to be on the winning side. This is bad for a variety of reasons, however, two stand out above the rest.

  1. Her heart is not in ‘Brexit’ – When leaving the EU we need someone to steer negotiations who understands why people voted to leave and what people want Britain to be outside of the EU.
  2. She has a lack of conviction. If she couldn’t stand up for what she believes in then no one should support her for leader of the Conservatives and in turn our PM.

Furthering the first point, Theresa May as Home Secretary will be held accountable for not having a stronger impact on the UK’s ability to deport dangerous criminals and reducing immigration.

Michael Gove

We all saw Gove’s bid for leadership coming. Regardless of how much he protested it would happen. Andrew Neil has jibed at him ‘the lady doth protest too much’ and this seems like an accurate assessment.

Now with his bid trumping Boris Johnson’s he has seen off a favourite for the race. Boris, although divisive in the conservative party, is an MP that people can understand and enjoy listening to. He knows how to run a campaign and has a proven record with the people of London.

What Gove has got going for him that Theresa May doesn’t is that he is a ‘brexiteer’. He has been a lead figure in the campaign from the beginning and understands British people’s concerns about immigration and its strain on our services.

Andrea Leadsom

This is a candidate for the party and the people. Calm and collected throughout the campaign she is a strong ‘brexiteer’ with a great understanding of leave voters concerns.

Andrea has campaigned passionately for the UK to leave the EU. She also set up Fresh Start Project as a euro-sceptic lobbying group, which has developed proposals for a UK’less European Union. Andrea has had a clear vision from the start of the campaign and has on the whole not lowered herself to the scaremongering of the remain side.

Leadsom has quickly become the second favourite in the campaign after May. Something that may give her a boost is how much George Osborne dislikes her. This could give her a boost for a few reasons but the following is the one which I like the most. After the swathes of conservatives who joined the Labour Party to elect Jeremy Corbyn, there must have been lots of labour supporters who joined the Conservative party. These supporters, who were members before the deadline, will hopefully vote for leadsom.

Further to all the above, she would be a splendid powerful female leader in the world. Something we need more in today’s society, a mothers voice is always welcome.

Conclusion

As you can probably tell from above I support Andrea Leadsom for leader of the Conservative Party. We shall see how things progress and I look forward to the result.

A second EU Referendum?

After watching the news and seeing how many signatures, even if they are fake, this petition for a second referendum to be discussed in parliament has received I wanted to show how unnecessary it would be. Regardless of how undemocratic it is.

We will see newspapers, such as the independent, shouting from the rooftops he was a brexiteer. This is of no consequence. Just because one individual has no respect for democracy, doesn’t mean the other 17,410,741 don’t. My main reason for voting leave was democracy and protecting it.

EU Referendum Results

  • 17,410,742(Out) + 16,141,241(In) =  33,551,983
  • 51.9% (Out) + 48.1% (In)
  • 1,269,501 Difference

Voter Turnout

  • 72.2% (Total Electorate – 46,501,241)
  • For voter turnout to be 75% 34,875,931
  • Difference 1,323,948

For voter turnout to have been 75% and remain to have won, out of these 1,323,948 voters, 1,269,502 would have had to vote remain.

That represents approximately 96% of these people voting to leave the EU. Now do you see how ridiculous these numbers are becoming? Only if all these people lived in Gibraltar would they have achieved this. Where the vote to remain was 96%.

Scotland’s Voice

Scotland wants more than anything for its voice to be the biggest in Britain. Scotland’s turnout was 67.2% (Aprrox. 3,987,370 Electorate.) If the rest of Scotland voted the same way as the results went. Then we could assume 62% for remain and 38% for leave.

This would only give leave an extra 815,815 votes – still not enough to change the result.

Scotland is a part of Britain, and this was not a Scottish referendum. They already had theirs and Sturgeon does not have a ‘mandate’ as she always screams to leave the UK. And the country does not have a ‘mandate’ to remain in the EU.

I hope democracy is honoured. I hope that we honour the mandate set forth by the British people, not the elites.

Contempt for democracy.

Nothing about this referendum has made me more angry than learning that the people who want to destroy our democracy are not just in Brussels. We have countless individuals and more worryingly politicians trying to remove democracy from the people and give it to the ‘experts’ and politicians.

Nicola Sturgeon is among the worst culprits here. Threatening to block the UK’s right to leave the EU and trigger article 50. Not that I believe, by an stretch of the imagination, that she could accomplish this as multiple constitution a experts and even Alex Salmond have said.

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What is it with politicians? I understand that their positions of power and ability to suck our country dry with their expenses and salaries relies on democracy, so it would make send they want to get rid of it, but to me there is nothing that makes a country greater than democracy. Now I am not trying to sound American here, but, democracy is what ensures our freedom. Over 30 million people voted in this referendum. And the majority of them voted to leave the EU. We are meant to have a fair and democratic system in this country. How can any self respecting politician try to over rule this decision. Shame.

Post Brexit Vote

Just to start this blog I wanted to give a little background to my views on the most important news in Europe, possibly the world, right now, which is Britain voting to leave the European Union.

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On the 23rd of June I voted to leave the EU.

I voted to do so for multiple reasons outlined below:

  • I wanted to live in a sovereign nation. A nation that didn’t have laws forced upon it by foreign bureaucrats that I have never elected and neither have other citizens in the UK or the EU for that matter. I wanted my future votes for MP’s and local councillors to have an impact in this country, and for my leaders and politicians to fear their populaces vote. If we can’t remove our leaders from power through popular vote then how will the views of the majority ever be reflected in policy?
  • I wanted to demonstrate the strength of our Great Britain. Britain does not trifle in foreign affairs and trade. We lead the world in these regards. Britain is a great nation, and will always have a prominent spot on the world stage. We are a strong military power and a strong trading power. We will be stronger independent from the European Union and able to effect change on a global scale in a more efficient manner. Quickly responding to new threats or opportunities rather than waiting for Eurocrats to act on our behalf at a glacial pace.
  • I wanted to make a decision that would lead other countries. A decision that would show other countries that the EU is not the effective organisation for change it wants to be. That it is a sluggish money drain on the economies of the EU and that all wealthy nations would be better off out.

The only thing I am worried about, post brexit vote, is that vote somehow being not enforced. No matter how unlikely this is, as the majority was clear, it is my only concern. I am not scared for the future of my country. Of course times ahead may be turbulent, but in the long run this will be a great move.