Alone again by Trevor Plumbly

A bad marriage?

The great exit didn’t come as much of a surprise to me, or (much to Emily’s chagrin) that bigger disappointment. In terms of social services, England’s been bursting at the seams for some years, so something had to give.

EUIt’s all very well and good for Scotland and Northern Ireland to protest, but both have little or no overpopulation worries; therefore they largely escaped the stress caused by the huge influx of foreign workers and refugees adding to an already strained job market. It could be argued that the home counties and the west country, with little heavy industry and high property values, enjoyed much more benefit from the membership than their northern counterparts, hence the backlash.

Domestic problems

Pro EU demonstration

Demonstration in Parliament Square against the result of the referendum.

The cries of foul play over the result of the referendum suggest that wealth and class still play leading roles in English decision making. The outrage from the stockbroker belt is almost comic in irony; such folk are highly unlikely to turn up in the dole queue and tend to make money regardless of wind direction, political or financial. Further north, communities like Bradford, Hull and Leeds face a harsher reality, job shortages, overcrowding and a tired health service aren’t much to thank Europe for, small wonder they voted ‘out’, hoping perhaps that, in future, decisions affecting their well-being will be debated in the House of Commons rather than negotiated in Brussels.

 

London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks at a "Out" campaign event, in favour of Britain leaving the European Union, at Europa Worldwide freight company in Dartford, Britain March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Boris Johnson, one of the leaders of the Leave campaign, who now blames the government for not having a plan for after Brexit.

Cleaning house

Dreams of a unified Europe are nothing new, but they’ve all failed, just as this one will; there are just too many ingredients to fit in one pot. England is the first to go and it can’t be too long before Germany and France are forced to accept that propping up a raft of poorer countries will eventually affect their own living standards. It might take a few years, but Britain will bounce back, hopefully with a better plan from Westminster to solve the problems at the bottom end of the ladder. In recent years, politicians have reverted to the 19th Century practice of distancing themselves from lesser mortals, but if the result in Britain is anything to go by, it’s wake up time! They asked the question and received an honest answer; all very healthy I would have thought and perhaps long overdue. Happy days. Trev.

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6 Comments on “Alone again by Trevor Plumbly

  1. You are doing grand job, Trev, considering your colleagues (ex pats) are over here in dear old blighty. Keep up the good work. I don’t believe her of course, but our Em says you’re a bit of a drinker. That’s rich, coming from her !

    • Dear Marge, how refreshing for this old codger to know that Em can turn to someone in the family for a bit of reality. I am not ‘a bit of a drinker’ I’m a bloody good one! The implication is though, that you must be half-p***sed if you dare to disagree with your delightful daughter. ‘Rule Britannia!’ Luv T.

      • Since when has my daughter been “delightful”. Are we talking about the same little round person?

  2. Almost agree with all of this Plum. As for you Marge: your ‘Em’ wouldn’t know a drinker from a sinker – Plum’s what’s known in the land of the kangaroo as a two-pot screamer…

    • Apologies for using the royal appellation but WE do not drink out of ‘pots’ and due to a national deformity of a ‘stiff upper lip’, hardly ever scream. T.

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