Posted: 26/06/2016 at 12:55
I comment because I am British but wasn't allowed to vote. Other ex-pats will be in a similar position and, to be frank, living outside the UK most probably gives us a view of the wider picture both in the UK and Europe and the rest of the world.
I happen to think the vast majority of the political classes, not just in the UK, are bozos who have lost touch with their electorate, do not understand what concerns they have and don't communicate well with their voters. They are too short termist in their view and lack any vision beyond the next election day.
I do think everyone with a vote has a duty to vote wisely and not blindly - to inform themselves and consider the issues and not just vote the way their parents did or their union or their newspaper or their perceived class says they should. It's important to think through the implications for everyone and not just oneself.
I believe people are stronger together, working to a peaceful and prosperous community with equal opportunity for all. Brexit takes the UK in a different direction and may well lead to its being broken up. Who then will pay to subsidise Wales and the poorer English regions where people can't or won't work to pay for themselves? At the moment there is a huge discrepancy across the home nations and English regions between income per person and government expenditure per person. Do you really think there won't be some fall out? London is already thinking about special regional status within the EU. Scotland and Northern ireland too.
There are no signs yet of leadership, no signs of joined up thinking, no signs of strategy for taking the UK forward to a bright future. I hope some is forthcoming soon because whilst the British character is to bear up and triumph in the face of hardship and conflict from outside it doesn't work in a rudderless ship.
As for that bus there never were 350 billion and the politicos who said it could be saved and spent on the NHS are not actually in power so have no say in where taxes will come from or be spent.