I have lived and worked in the UK since the age of eighteen. Despite the obvious lowering of political standards during the past three decades, I still believe we have as a nation a lot to offer to the world at large and Europe in particular. The ill-conceived referendum about whether we stay part of the EU or opt to leave it is causing havoc in the political scene, the likes of which I have never encountered before.
Both sides of the equation are firing dubious statistics to bolster their campaigns, some of which are inaccurate or highly exaggerated. The Conservative party is tearing itself apart and Labour is experiencing a period of instability, and a leadership crisis that seems to fluctuate almost on a daily basis.
Labour voters are disillusioned and ignoring the advice of their party hierarchy, which makes the outcome of the referendum more complex than ever. It’s Hari-Kiri time for both parties and whether we stay in or go out will not make much difference to the eternal political squabbles that have become tawdry and, in parts, rather vicious.
I dread to think what will happen in the next few months and whether the current Conservative government will survive the aftermath that will follow. I cannot, and refuse, to visualize the consequences of Britain fighting on all fronts, isolated by the European community and having to lose its vital influence in world forums.
The Brexit lot have shown us unwittingly their true colours, which are far less attractive than they led us to believe. Their ruthless propagation of their unworkable ideology is almost frightening to contemplate. A foreboding future invariably awaits us if the British public give them the mandate they are seeking.
The trio of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage give me the creeps. David Cameron, although he has an inherent weakness for choosing the wrong people to advise him, is nevertheless fighting furiously to keep Britain strong and in the forefront of nations whose influence in world affairs remain indispensable.
In brief, if the British public were to decide to forgo the benefits that will accrue to us by being part of a strong Europe then we need our heads examined before madness overtakes us.