David Cameron And Brexit

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DAVID CAMERON - and Brexit

Date: 23rd January 2016

I may be naive but I find it unbelievable that David Cameron is promoting, so vociferously, our continued membership of the EU. Surely he should behave in a neutral fashion - after all it is meant to be a subject over which the people of this country will make a decision.

I don't have nearly enough knowledge to make a value judgement but my heart is crying out for a Brexit. I am sick and tired of being ruled by a nameless/faceless crowd in Brussels who are all riding a gravy train as far as I can see. I am tired of the ridiculous rules coming out of the EU - tired of 'Yuman Rights' - tired of stupidity and criminals invoking their human rights to make fools of our courts and legal system, and tired of not being allowed to be English.

It may sound great on paper - The United Nations of Europe but let's face it - we are not like the Americans who, although it may be rather different from our way, do speak a common language - English. And those 'refugees' swore and still today swear an allegiance to the American Flag.  Europe is a combination of many different countries with totally different languages, habits, culture and history and we never can 'morph' into a single unit.  Nor can legislation be passed to make us embrace and enjoy 'multiculturalism'.  Just as we choose our friends, relationships have to develop through a natural interchange of 'liking'.

And then we come to the vexed question of Immigration - did we ever have a vote on this incredibly complex and major subject? No we did not. Yes, of course, we in the UK are a nation of refugees. Personally I have Viking, Norman French, Irish, German and heaven knows what else in my genetic make up as do all of us who live here. But until the last few decades all the ''refugees/immigrants' came from Europe and the Northern Hemisphere and despite our language differences, we do have many characteristics in common.  When I was a child even though some people spoke in accented English they did speak the language - and though they embraced their own cultural differences at home, they integrated and enriched our land.

Thanks to successive governments, particularly 13 years of Labour with unchecked immigration (creating voters for the Labour Party), we are losing our identity. Thanks to 'Political Correctness' we are not allowed to celebrate our Englishness. Gradually our national identity is being eroded and I object to the fact that one can be Irish, Scottish and Welsh but one is not allowed to be English on the Electoral Role - only British which covers a multitude of ethnicities.

I firmly believe in the tenet 'When in Rome do as the Romans do'. Of course, immigrants feel more comfortable with their own ethnic groups but surely if they have come to our country seeking a better and freer life, they should take the time to at least have a nodding acquaintance with our language. What they do in their own homes is their business but outside of them they should integrate with us, not the other way around.

We are short of cash in all directions, particularly in the fields of Health and the Aged, and yet David Cameron is now earmarking millions to encourage certain ethnic groups to learn our language and equal millions are spent on translating forms and documents into heaven knows how many different languages.  And as for the threat of deportation if they don't learn the language - how ridiculous and can you imagine the Ambulance Chasing Lawyers having a field day with 'Yuman Rights'!

A great deal of the woes of this country, as I see it, can be laid at the door of the Londoncentricity of the Politicians. I just wish they would get out of their London Bubble and come out to the further reaches of this country to see how unrepresentative of the country as a whole is London. Indeed I wish they'd get out of the Bubble and meet and talk with 'real' people instead of living in the rarified atmosphere of Parliament where they only ever hear the voices of people who predominantly think as they do - people with vested interests and those who pander to them.

How often does one hear of the findings of a certain Committee or Quango and throw ones eyes to heaven to indicate that we, the ordinary folk, came to those conclusions years ago. How often do we see and hear of 'Study Groups' (which have cost millions) coming up with answers which are 'damned obvious' to all reasonably intelligent people.

Oh Dear - I could go on and on but no one will ever listen to either me or my friends and neighbours. Take, for example this whole war on sugar. I'm sure it could be sorted a great deal faster if the Government would stand up to the vested interests of the Food Industry. All this talk about reducing the sugar levels in foods or increasing the price is not going to solve the problem. I heard on the news today that it has been decided to increase the price of sugary items in hospital cafes!!!! If one is addicted to sugar, just like cigarettes, you will go on paying the price regardless. And what are hospital cafes doing selling highly sugared items anyway.

You can't re-invent the wheel and sadly we can't revert to the days when I was a girl where fattening products just weren't on sale - we had rationed sugar, no cream and rich food, no ready meals packed with preservatives and salt, and people actually cooked meals which were cheaper and far more nutritious than a great deal of what is on sale in supermarkets today.  My pet hate is 'mashed potato' which usually retails at around £1.99.  For £2 you can buy 2 kilos of Potatoes (particularly the delicious Maris Piper) which you can Boil, Mash, Bake, Roast, Fry and which will provide nutrition for a large family.

In fact, you only have to look around at the older generation in their 70\s and 80's and you won't find too many who are overweight or obese. I find it Gross that half the world is starving and the other half is so over fed that obesity is now an epidemic.  Just think what it is costing the NHS to treat all the obesity and its attendant ill health.

And on that note, I shall go to bed and hope I feel more optimistic in the morning.

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