Monday, 20 June 2016

Keep the a-spike-distra flying

Regular readers of this blog will know that my cactus, Spike, is a committed Europhile. Obviously, he doesn't get a vote in the upcoming referendum and to judge by his colour, he is pretty pissed off with the whole thing.

Spike and I have been housemates for over a decade. In that time, we have had nine addresses in Norwich. You will see why he is worried about the chaos that may ensue following the UK's departure from the EU. I think he just craves some stability!

For the last few months, both sides of the EU debate have been making their claims about sovereignty, immigration and the economy. I paid attention in the beginning - I laid out my thoughts at the time here - but soon switched off when the mudslinging and lying and campaign buses started to dominate the news agenda to the point of tedium.

It is tempting to see the referendum as a non-debate, whichever side we pick, in or out, the winners are going to be the corporations and financial institutions who are the real enemy. From this point of view - we are just squabbling over which faction of the Tory party gets to sell our nation. The elites will never give us a referendum on signing up to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Spike insisted on being moved to the kitchen
for this shot because the light was
better and he didn't want the recycling bin
 in the background.
More recently, I have come round to the opinion that the faction of the Tory party who want to sell off our nation whilst being part of the EU will find their job marginally more difficult than the ones that want to sell off our nation after leaving the EU. To fight the billionaires and the corporate interests that threaten democracy, we need every weapon in the democratic arsenal and that includes the (unwieldy but theoretically reformable) European Union.

For certain complicated (but I assure you not fraudulent) reasons that I won't bore you with, I get two votes in this referendum and I shall be giving them both to the 'remain' camp on Thursday.

If you haven't yet made up your mind how to vote, think about the disenfranchised and ask yourself: What would Spike do?

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