Thank you Liverpool
Liverpool, like some, but not all Northern cities, voted to Remain. My adopted city for 28 years has once again stood up against fascism. Remember, this is the part of the country that was most heavily bombed in WW II, not Coventry not London. Liverpool, Bootle….
The city was flattened and still bears scars today. The waterfront is dotted with memorials of sailors from all over the world who died in the merchant navy on the Atlantic convoys and the most deadly of all, the run to Murmansk. At the nadir of the Battle of the Atlantic, Britain had 2 weeks of supplies, but still they sailed, protected by the ships and pilots of the Royal Navy – my late mother’s first husband being a pilot in the latter.
The result of the vote is to leave. Whether we do indeed leave, or the lies and fascism of the leave campaign result in the status quo being maintained is another matter. Leave may actually happen, and I have some suggestions:
- Scotland should plan to leave the UK, Northern Ireland, even if it is through gritted teeth, should do the same.
- The young, who had many of the benefits given to the older generation taken away by that generation, should plan their lives elsewhere – pensions are after all paid by the working population. Time for that selfish generation to get its comeuppance. Make them work till they drop. In the meantime, take as much as possible – you don’t have to pay back your student loan if you move out of the country.
- Our great urban centres that voted Remain need to consider their position within the UK – can Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle steam N and join Scotland? This has been considered by Alex Salmond and some Labour politicians.
Me? I plan to go. A trip to the Marie of Neuilly sur Seine beckons in the coming months. These things take time, best to get to the front of the queue, as I have no intention of contributing to a third rate country with fourth rate ambitions.
Edit 24 June
The ‘Red button” of article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty remains untouched. Cameron could have pushed it and let his successors wallow in the mess. He didn’t. As usual, excellent analysis by Jack of Kent.