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22Jun/16Off

I’m IN!

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OK - So I very  rarely use this BLOG, and I guess that virtually no one ever visits, but I feel so strongly about this that I have to put my thoughts down.

So 23rd June 2016 will go down in history as either the day the UK cut itself off from the rest of Europe or the day that the people spoke and said... "We're In!".keep-calm-and-vote-remain

I for one will be voting IN. Choosing to REMAIN.  Not because I believe that the EU is some sort of EUtopian, perfect solution to our politics, but mainly because I have seen NOTHING to persuade me that jumping off this ship without a lifeboat is a risk worth taking.  And please believe me when I say how much it PAINS me to take David Cameron's side!!

It has actually amazed me to see so many individuals claiming that they wish to leave because they "feel" like it'd be better, although, I understand that the desire for change can often manifest itself in choosing any change as a protest against the status quo.

The problem is, this is not about voting for the other party at local govt elections because they're doing such a terrible job at running the country, where you get the chance to change your mind again in a couple of years.

This is about much more than that.  This is about my children, your children, THEIR children.  This is about NOT wanting change at any cost.

Here's a couple of things, given what I've read/watched, I believe:

  1. We're Better Of IN - that said I do not believe that leaving would cause economic Armageddon, however, why vote to be worse off?  If you've lived your entire life with pure nationalistic pride being at the core of your being then I get it, but my suspicion is that most have not, so why risk the financial uncertainty?  Surely there's enough of that already?
  2. Reintroduction of the border is like Building A Wall - any argument from an NI perspective that believes that the reintroduction of borders is not inevitable is living a fairy tail.  I don't believe that there will be a reintroduction of North/South borders, however if immigration is a key to "taking back control" there is no possible way to do that without added checks at ports and airports from NI to GB.  So if you're from NI and anti immigration, voting leave will not benefit you - you'll get all of the immigrants freely moving North and South and added security when you want to run away from it!
  3. Migration is about humanity and compassion - it's not about maintaining a xenophobic hatred of "themuns over there coming over here" that's so blind that it cannot accept the argument that those coming here contribute more to the economy than they take:

    "Most economists say the overall impact of EU immigration into Britain is positive, as it has been with successive waves of immigrants since the 17th century."   OECD

  4. Both sides have failed to cover their campaigns in glory - Whether it be scaring pensioners to using a photograph of Syrians fleeing the War to depict the uk at breaking point - the lies and spin from both sides has been appalling.  So it's difficult to understand what are facts and what are scare tactics, but please do not believe that one side has not been as bad as the other.  That's how negative any political campaining appears to have gotten these days.
  5. VERY few of us will change our mind - I think that the fact is that most of us will go into this with a particular political leaning and will not wish to have our minds changed.  That's OK.  That's democracy.

I have added links to a few articles below that might help if you manage to stumble across this page and want to make a more INFORMED decision.  VOTE - But please, please do not vote on a feeling.  I understand that there are many selling their sides who have vested interests, who are selling an agenda that will benefit them.  And they are entitled to do that, they're exercising their democratic right.

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21Jun/16Off

TRUMP actually scares the crap outta me

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20Jun/16Off

Sweary, but perfect, summary of the Brexit Debate

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2Jun/16Off

X-Men Apocalypse

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse poster Rating: 7.8/10 (10,280 votes)
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Bryan Singer (story), Simon Kinberg (story), Michael Dougherty (story), Dan Harris (story)
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult
Runtime: 144 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Released: 27 May 2016
Plot: With the emergence of the world's first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
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18Dec/15Off

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens poster Rating: 8.3/10 (528,701 votes)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, George Lucas (based on characters created by)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
Runtime: 136 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Released: 18 Dec 2015
Plot: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
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