In the referendum tomorrow I will be voting to remain in the E.U. My reason for doing so is because my wife is passionately in favour of staying in (she works at a university and fears that far fewer continental students will sign up to its degrees each year if we Brexit). Our marriage has always been one in which togetherness is aimed for rather than independence and so the thought of cancelling out my wife’s vote, when I really don’t know which way I should vote, has not, seriously, crossed my mind.
However, although I hope that the UK remains in the E.U. I do so with the knowledge that, if we remain, we will close down the debate on immigration and return to the silence imposed by politically motivated political correctness and I believe this could very easily lead to the strengthening of the far right in England. Also, no future socialist government will be able to nationalise any of our utilities and services, such as our railway network. Thirdly, it will be a formal goodbye to the, to be honest already lost, England of my youth with its cosy monoculture and uniformity. I am not a racist for not wanting to live in a multi-cultural society. I am just someone who prefers not to be surprised by difference like I prefer to watch documentaries on television rather than the soaps. I am not going to take to the streets to fight for the culture of my youth but I shall miss it.
At the end of the day this referendum is about the economy and the profits made by big business. The rich will remain rich and the poor will remain poor whichever way the vote goes. Working people who will be voting are like condemned men asked to choose between the electric chair or lethal injection as their preferred method of execution.