After Greece’s continuing economic problems, after the young girls being trafficked in Rotherham, and after the young women being groped in Cologne, I am astonished at how many elites are still deeply and passionately committed to the EU and think that the Brexit is practically like dying.
Some are asking for another vote, which is typical. But why would a second vote count more than the first vote? If there is a second, then there should be a third as well, if necessary, to serve as a a tiebreaker. The elites seem to think that one has elections until it goes one’s way, and then one stops having elections. This is what happened in Ireland in 2008 when the EU wanted all its members to ratify a treaty, but Irish voters said no. Then the EU wanted them to vote again. See here. It’s true that the second vote came after concessions from the EU, but the whole business stinks.
I could see staying in a European Union, just not this one. It is not particularly competent, and it is undemocratic. Why put up with rule by bureaucrats from Brussels who don’t care about your opinion?
When we lived in Cambridge for a couple months in 1992, we didn’t have a washing machine, but we washed our clothes at a laundromat, and the machines there were similar to the ones we have here. But when we lived in York in the summer of 2014, the washing machine we had was crazy. The “quick wash” cycle took about an hour and a half (I complained about it here). Now I don’t know that washing machines of this sort were mandated by the EU, but it’s the sort of thing they do. I concede that if Britain hadn’t joined the EU, their own environmentalists might have mandated the same thing, but that is still better than foreigners doing it to you.
The wonderful multicultural world that the elites are building is being built not by the elites, but by those who actually have to live among the immigrants, which the elites are not doing. “You didn’t build that” applies to elites, too, and the multicultural world they are taking credit for.
Suppose Scotland wants to exit from Britain and join the EU on its own. What should the English say to them, especially in light of North Sea oil that Scotland will claim? “Take a look at Venezuela. They have oil, too, and it isn’t working for them. So, we don’t need your oil because we plan to get rich by commerce.”
Let’s hope that from now on, elites won’t think that simply calling someone a racist is enough to change people’s minds or win an argument. It isn’t. You actually need to give rational arguments in favor of your position. You actually need to listen to people’s concerns and not just call them names.