Dear EU, a love letter to Europe.

Dear EU,

I am so sorry, I have some bad news. It’s not you. It’s not even me – It’s them!

And, by ‘them’, I mean the 52% who voted to leave the European Union.

I guess they’ll say I’m just a sore loser and that democracy won the day. But it’s hard to see it as democracy when their decision making was based on a litany of untruths and fear.

You see, I was one of the 48% that wanted to stay with you, because I love you. I’m a complete Europhile. I love your rich, colourful, cultural diversity. I also love the fact that we can come and go as we please. Not just for holidays, but for work or to study.

And it’s that cultural diversity that leads to understanding, respect, tolerance and unity.

The world needs fewer borders, not more.

Sure, it’s not always been plain sailing and we’ve had our ups and downs. But I think we’ve had more ups than downs over the years, don’t you think? You’ve let us keep our own currency and border controls. And you’ve made the prices of things much cheaper. And made sure workers’ rights have been protected.

You’ve been very kind and patient with us these past few months while we’ve tried to make up our minds whether or not to dump you.

The problem was, the Vote Leave campaign told so many whopping big lies about the economy and immigration that they managed to get 52% of people to believe them.

Only this morning have they reneged on one promise to spend £350 million pounds a week on the NHS! I bet the Vote Leavers feel like a right bunch of suckers right now.

I have to be honest, and say that the Vote Remain campaign didn’t cover itself in glory either.

A lot of folks over here are saying that the people who voted leave are ‘stupid’. But they’re not, are they? They were just lied to on a monumental scale. The fact is, the Vote Leave campaigners played on people’s fears. They managed to convince them that all the problems we’ve been having these past few years are the fault of the EU and immigrants rather than the financial crash of 2008 and Tory austerity measures.

Unfortunately, they’ll soon find out that they were spoon fed a pack of lies.

The other big problem is that a lot of people in England are becoming ever more racist. They don’t want you ‘foreigners’ coming to our country and nicking our jobs and sponging off our welfare system.

But you don’t do that, do you? You create £6 billion worth of wealth for the UK economy. And withdraw a paltry few hundred million in welfare by comparison.

All the clever people wanted us to stay with you. People like Stephen Hawking, Richard Branson, Lord Sugar and Posh & Becks. (Maybe we should have got someone from the Big Brother house or Geordie Shore to be a spokesperson instead.) Whereas, all the right-wing scaremongers such as Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Katie Hopkins wanted us to leave. And, because people are becoming more and more right wing, they believed in the harbingers of fear, hate, division and intolerance.

Maybe there is a way for us to stay together. Me and you, that is. Not Britain, it’s too late for that. And, the irony is, the ‘Great Britain’ Vote Leavers so desperately coveted will probably lead to it being dismantled. (Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain with you.)

Poor-little-England will have to take on the world single-handed. It’ll build a grand new fleet of galleons made from the finest spruce and oak. England shall once again, rule the waves, sail the seven seas and plunder, rape and subjugate all in its path!

Until, it sinks and drowns.

We’re not all racist, nationalistic, xenophobic, imperialistic, unrealistic, gullible Luddites, you know.

I still love EU. And I always will.

Yours,

David.

P.S. Can I please come and live with you?

 

 

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19 responses to “Dear EU, a love letter to Europe.

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  2. Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:
    Although I have no love for the undemocratic and corrupt EU Commission I do agree with the facts presented in this take on the EU leave vote. The first casualty of Brexit will be more companies unable to afford their current staffing levels and unemployment for Brits will go up only to be replaced by foreign workers. As the economic backlash bites ever deeper, the situation will worsen as taxation is raised with the poorest paying the most(as usual)and the NNDI drops yet further. Talk about shooting oneself in the foot.

  3. Dave, we’re devastated here in Ireland and want to stay friends with you. xx

    • Hi Jean, I’m pretty gutted about it tbh. I know it’s democratic, but it feels like we’re stepping back into the 50s/60s. I think it was as much a protest vote against the establishment as it was about the EU. But without fully contemplating the economic ramifications of it. Thanks for your kind words though! xx

      • I suspect you’re right.
        Hopefully, it will unfold better than seems at present.
        Chin Up!

      • My worry is, not just how it will effect ‘us’, but the surge of the far right in our friend’s countries. (Not yours, I might add.)

      • That’s a HUGE issue for sure. All a bit nightmarish.
        Strange how it felt so comforting to be living in Ireland when that referendum result came in.
        I was thinking since how we are very used to referendums and how our independent Referendum Commission sends out pros and cons to electorate. I take it that UK doesn’t do that?

      • No, we just got propaganda from both sides and the political parties. We got independent experts giving their opinions (the majority of which were in favour of remain) but people chose to ignore them.

      • Sounds like a Referundum Commission would be a good idea so, that is if there will ever be a referendum over there again.

  4. Anonymous

    People talk about the ‘EU Commission’ being undemocratic. It’s effectively the civil service of the EU and neither the English, Irish, French (etc) have an elected civil service. More than that, the ’employees’ – for that’s what they are – rotate departments every couple of years so they don’t get too comfy and corruptible in one role. I don’t know of that safeguard in any other country. No, all of those with executive roles in EU chambers are elected by the citizens and constituents – unlike Westminster’s 800 unelected Lords or Ireland’s Senate which is elected by specific groups (university graduates and trade unionists or something bizarre). The one I’m worried about is the European Central Bank which, I grant you, is part of the EU. But all of those financial power groups ECB, IMF etc are all very scary. Leaving the EU isn’t going to protect anyone from the ravages of rapacious capitalists. My biggest disappointment about Britain’s decision to leave is the cowardice and irresponsibility. If Britain is the 6th biggest economy in the world, why was it not big and strong enough to fix the EU rather than try to destroy it? Baby and bathwater – gone. I will always love England and Britain for the great things they have brought to the world – From Thomas Hardy, to The Beatles to David Milligan-Croft. The mentalities that led the lies are of a kind that can be found anywhere – and sadly they’re increasing. They are trying to spread ignorance and disinformation because it makes it easier for them to control and grab. It’s a time where decent people need to stand up, speak out and be brave – before the next Kristalnacht.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Denis. (Apart from the part of that Milligan-Croft chap 😉 I’m sick of people saying the EU is undemocratic – just who are all these MEPs then? The vote out camp was more of a protest about the establishment, corporate business and austerity. The solution would be to make corporations pay their taxes, and share their wealth more fairly, not vote to come out of the EU.

  5. My condolences. It seems that common sense is becoming uncommon around the world. William Butler Years foresaw “the beast that slouches towards Bethlehem,” and now we have to deal with it. I am also reminded of the Pogo quote, “We have met the enemy, and it is us.” Please, David, stand tall and firm. Blessings.

  6. If the campaign had been conducted using positives rather than negatives, then the result might have been very different. Also, if the high percentage of 18-24 year olds who didn’t bother voting, had exercised their democratic right to do so, then doubtless Remain would have won. Lots of ifs, but the deed is done, unless enough MPs veto the whole thing at zero hour. You might yet see a miracle happen. Otherwise, the best we can hope for is to pursue the Norwegian model.
    Don’t despair. The world has not ended, yet…

    • The more I read about it, the less I think Brexit will happen. (Shouldn’t really get my hopes up.) Even if it does, it will probably take years. First, parliament would have to repeal the 1972 act before invoking article 50. (I think.) I can’t see how that would be done with about 70% of MPs in favour of staying in the EU. But, if that were the case, it’s hard to see why they’d have a referendum in the first place. Possibly because they never thought they’d lose. Perhaps to placate Tory voters threatening to switch to UKIP. I don’t know. Like you say, the world hasn’t ended! 🙂 How do you feel about it all from your point of view?

      • The best scenario would be that it acts as a wake-up call to the EU. If it were possible to negotiate a compromise somewhere in the middle, then I wouldn’t object to staying. At the end of the day, I don’t want to see the UK disintegrate, or for us to have no say in Europe. It’s a difficult one. Some of the EU rules and regulations are ridiculous, especially re food production. What’s wrong with a few misshapen vegetables? They still taste OK. Instead mountains of perfectly nutritious food is going to waste, while there are people in our cities in dire poverty, who would love to be able to buy the vegetables for next-to-nothing.
        I agree with you that they never expected to lose the referendum. It is also not true that all Brexit people are uneducated. I know lawyers, accountants, and doctors who voted out, plus plumbers, electricians, what have you … all intelligent. Anyway, I can see both sides and both sides are in a mess, with (I hate to say) Cameron the only one steadying the ship.
        What is your viewpoint about the Corbyn situation? Again, I can see both sides here. The fact is that he was elected by the people to lead the Labour party, and not by his fellow MPs who are trying to remove him. Perhaps it should be put to the party members to see how much support he still has there.

      • I think Corbyn still has the party’s support and I imagine he’ll get reelected. But quite how he could form an effective opposition when so many of his own party are against him, I don’t know. Personally, I think he’s a very principled man, which is a rare thing in politics. Probably a little too far to the left for my liking. (I’m not as socialistic as I come across.) I also can’t see him appealing to many Liberals or Conservatives, so I doubt that he could lead Labour to victory. But, what do I know. I’ve got the results of the last two votes completely wrong!

      • Yes, he does come across as principled, which is probably why he has such strong party support. My son and I were discussing him over lunch and came to the conclusion that the two side of the split in the party should be called “Labour Original” versus “Diet Labour”!

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