The dust is finally settling on the events of 23rd June, and time for reflection is here. I would state now that these are my views alone.
I voted to Remain in the EU. I am proud that I did that. I believed then and still believe now that the UK was better off in the inefficient but reformable bloc than isolated outside. The experts that the Brexiters demonised got the first bit right - £120 Billion wiped off shares, shares that your pension companies invest in and need to see doing well to make money for your retirement - The £ Stirling dropping 9% meaning that those of you going on holiday outside the UK will find you will get less currency for your money - the exchange rate will mean, as we buy oil in $ Dollars, that fuel prices will rise in the coming days - just today a lady was verbally assaulted in Callington by two racist men shouting all sorts of profanities, at a woman who was born here and pays taxes here - and many more examples. However this was not shared by 52% of the 70% who voted and we are on our way to, what do they call it...., oh yes "Getting our Country Back".
Now Mr Farage, who interestingly opposed a parliament that was elected on proportional representation which enabled his party to get 27 MEPs in favour of an un-democratic Westminster where his 3.9 Million votes at the 2015 general election got him just one seat, and the second chamber is neither elected or accountable, says that this has been a revolution - without one bullet being fired. This has been challenged by many following the dreadful murder in Yorkshire although it is important to state that this cannot really be answered until the court case has completed. Whilst it is not right to fling accusations about until the investigations have been complete, neither is it right to make claims that he made without this case being brought to a conclusion.
What is clear though, is that the 'project fear' that elements in the Leave camp used, fear of foreigners, fear of the EU, Fear of experts, gained traction with a large section of the population. What is worrying is that across Europe, fascists and neo-nazi groups are celebrating the vote - the Fascist Front National in France's leader Marine Le Pen is using the Union flag on her Twitter feed.
In Cornwall the vote was effectively 56/44 in favour of Leave - which is quite a surprise given the support that the EU has given Cornwall, certainly compared to the almost total lack of support from Westminster. This money, up to some £1 Billion so far, includes some €500 Million that we were granted in 2014 due to the London Government's inability to properly support the people of The Duchy - including the farmers and the fishermen incidentally.
Already, in the first 24 hours we have seen the leader of UKIP rowing back from the "promise" of £350 Million to fund the NHS - he said he didn't agree with using it but how strange that he did not say that during the campaign?? Some of his supporters have made it clear that they support the dismantling of the NHS and replacing it with private health insurance.
When Mr Johnson visited Truro during the campaign he made numerous pledges to the people of Cornwall over replacement funding for the economic development of the Duchy, support for the Farmers and support for the Fishermen. Now some 'experts' suggested he was promising the same money for this as he was going to spend on the NHS.
Sadly this vote was taken in haste but for all of us, we may well live to regret our decision at leisure....
It is vitally important now for all those who did not believe or trust what these people said to join together to hold to account those who will take over running the UK government in these trying times, and those politicians locally who supported them, both at Cornwall Council and Town and Parish Council level, and ensure they are challenged as and when, and I fear it will be when, the promises made by these individuals and organisations are found wanting.
In May 2017 there will be elections to Cornwall Council and Parish and Town Councils. Now more than ever we need to elect people who are going to fight for justice for the people of Cornwall, ALL the people of Cornwall and not be swayed by what their political masters in Westminster say. Mebyon Kernow are looking at candidates across the Duchy. If you think it is time to Walk the Walk rather than just Talk the Talk then contact me and we will have a chat.