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I should not be ambivalent and incredibly calm about the outcome of the Brexit referendum.
I should be agitated and anxious as I was ahead of the Scottish Referendum two years ago.
I had, for decades, been extremely ANTI-European Union (EU). I voted in 1975 AGAINST staying in the EU.
To start with I was, of course, in the LEAVE camp.
Then I started having second thoughts. Though I will, alas, never get the chance it is kind of nice to know that I could go and live anywhere in the EU that I wished, say Italy or Holland. Would hate to lose that. Also the unhindered travel.
So in this case, much to MY surprise, I can see ‘positives’ in either outcome. Amazing.
So I am very calm. Emotionally unattached, so to speak.
The results will be interesting and I will stay up to watch them — if need be.
by Anura Guruge
The official, FULL-LENGTH, 15 minute video (in HD),
by the U.K. government, on YouTube.
The official transcript of the speech by the U.K. Government at gov.uk.
The BBC’s take on each of the proposed Bills
talked about by the Queen.
As ever, very good coverage of the issues involved by Reuters.
The issue closest and most dear to my heart is that of the
As I have mentioned, more than once, I voted AGAINST EU membership
in the FIRST referendum on this matter in 1975.
I have NEVER been a believer of EU membership.
We, THE BRITISH, don’t need the Europeans —
as much as they need us …
PLUS, and this is VERY important …
We, THE BRITISH, have
Glorious British Commonwealth.
I Am, As A Brit, ‘OK’ With David Cameron’s Conservative Party Win In The 2015 U.K. Parliamentary Election. SNP Wins Scare Me.
by Anura Guruge
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As I said yesterday, ahead of the election, I, though now known for my strong democrat leanings (in the U.S.), have never had any qualms about David Cameron. David Cameron is no Shrub, McCain, Mittens or Cruz. He comes across as very balanced, erudite, sane and human. I actually like. I hadn’t paid too much attention to what is platform was BUT now I am hearing that he might be bad news to the U.K. National Health System (NHS) and the still ‘cheap’ (if not ‘free’ as it was in my days) College system. It would appear the conservatives, in order to cut costs, favor a U.S.-like commercialized health and higher education system. That would be a mistake. But they plan to hold a referendum to see if the U.K. should get the hell out of the European Union. As I also said yesterday, I was one of the 2% that voted ‘NO’ in the 1975 ‘should we join the European Union’referendum. So another referendum on this thorny subject would please me. I think we will be better off out of the Union.
On the other hand I do NOT want to see another Scottish independence referendum. Last year’s one took 10 years from my already severely curtailed lifespan. As such the near clean sweep that the SNP enjoyed in Scotland scares and worries me. I want MY Great Britain to continue to be GREAT.
I am glad we did not end up with a hung parliament. Our parliament is great too and I like it working the way it should — the oldest parliament in the known Universe.