I met a friend and his wife in the pub tonight. I haven’t seen him for months. After a quick shake of hands, the heading above was his opening remark: “This country is shit”. He has just returned from a holiday in Slovenia. I don’t know where exactly he and his wife went to in Slovenia.
We must, of course, take such statements with the understanding that holiday resorts do not portray reality, but this person is not so stupid as to assume that holiday resorts are typical of the country as a whole. He is an intelligent chap.
What he relied upon was the general atmosphere of relaxed enjoyment of life amongst the ‘natives’. The people were easy-going and friendly, restaurant food was appetising, the place was clean and pretty. But most of all, he was impressed by the contentment of people.
Ought it not to be the first priority of Government to do the best that it can to ensure that the people are, in the vast majority, content? When I say ‘in the vast majority’, I do not mean ‘70% of people surveyed want a smoking ban in pubs’. That is not ‘contentment in the vast majority’. That is only one small factor which might influence contentment just a bit. Prior to the smoking ban, non-smokers went to the pub and enjoyed the conviviality. They did not give a shit about whisps of tobacco smoke. Nor did people who went to restaurants give a toss if someone on the next table was smoking. It is easy to understand why – in a restaurant, there are many, many smells due to the cooking. The human nose is very, very sensitive when it first meets a smell, but the ‘sensors’ very quickly fill up. Thus, you might notice a smell when you enter a room, but, after ten minutes or so, you would no longer be aware of that smell. But the smell would still be there when another person entered the room. There is no need for some sort of massive extractor fan running at full power all the time. A small fan, strategically placed, does what is necessary – in the right position, it draws out air from near the ceiling, which is where smells tend to accumulate. That has been known for generations. Do you see extractor fans near the floor? Silly question. They are always as near the ceiling as possible.
So what is Brexit intended to achieve?
I suggest that it is to extract the People of the UK from a straight-jacket. The EU has turned reality on its head. It is trading and innovation which creates wealth, and not EU regulations. The People of Slovenia have emerged from the communist straight-jacket and are happy. Like the Greeks, they will pay lip-service to the autocrats of the EU, but ignore the demands in practice.
Some time ago, I researched the contributions of different nations to the UN tobacco control. The UK, as you would expect, was right up there at the top, paying its contribution spot on time. Japan did the same thing, oddly enough. But many small nations, with small contributions, paid nothing. They just did not cough up. Not a cent. To cap it all, the vastly wealthy USA did not pay a cent either. If Slovakia pays anything, it is almost certain that the payment will be minute.
It is said that the UK economy is the fourth largest in the World. Erm… Do the People of the UK all own yachts and live in country mansions? So what does the phrase ‘fourth largest economy in the world’ actually mean? Could it, perchance, mean that vast sums of money are ‘laundered’ through the City of London? What seems to me to be obvious is that the ordinary people gain very little from this ‘fourth largest economy’. Why else would the NHS be perpetually in financial crisis?
It would be easy to claim that our politicians are thieving bastards, but I do not think that that is true. I think that they have no idea what is going on. I do not think that even Cameron, Osborne, Johnson, have any idea at all. They rely upon ‘experts’, but who decides which ‘experts’ are actually ‘experts’? Who guards the guards? And, most of all, who is PAYING for the ‘experts’, without anyone knowing whether or not those people are really ‘experts’. Is Wayne Rooney an ‘expert’ footballer? Of course he is! But how much of his ‘expertise’ is just instinctive reaction? What does he know about strategy or tactics?
Regarding Brexit, we must think in very simple terms. WE DO NOT ACCEPT THAT OUR WEALTH CAN BE HANDED OVER TO A CORRUPT ORGANISATION. It does not matter that the organisation might, sometime in the far future, be reformed. It is the corruption NOW which matters.
Why is no one talking about corruption?