Until and unless the UK Government initiates a particular clause in the EU Treaty then there is no exit and if the clause is initiated then we have two years to negotiate what rules will govern the UK’s relationship with Europe. Even then, with no agreement the existing rules can still apply.
What does this mean for the vote? It means that a majority voting to leave means that our Government has a strong position to change the EU or ultimately leave. There are others that are looking for change so the UK is not alone. If there is a Brexit vote then Boris will no doubt become prime minister and fight for a better Europe, not a federal Europe full of bureaucrats.
Inequality between countries has also increased exorbitantly. In 1960 people living in the world’s richest country were 33 times richer than people in the poorest country; by 2000 they were 134 times richer. According to Hickel, the absolute gap between the average incomes of people in the richest and poorest countries has grown by 135% over the same period.
In an interview a few days ago on BBC London, Ken Livingstone was asked about Naz Shah’s Facebook posts in 2009 and whether these posts and comments are antisemitic.
In most articles you cannot find the question that was asked of Ken and I found myself wondering how mad Ken must have been to have started, unprompted, to talk about Hitler and his support of the Zionist cause. I am a fan of Ken’s and believe him to be a an intelligent and kind man who has fought for many causes in his political career that I support. Hearing him interviewed on LBC the day after the furore broke, he was asked, incredulously by David Mellor, how he had thought it wise to mention Hitler. Ken responded “I was answering a direct question”. So what was the question? Anyone? Here is the transcript:
Feltz: She [Shah] talked about relocating Israel to America. She talked about what Hitler did being legal. And she talked about the Jews rallying. And she used the words Jews, not Israelis or Israel. You didn’t find that to be antisemitic?
Livingstone: No. It’s completely over the top [but] it’s not antisemitic. Let’s remember, when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism. [He then] went mad and ending up killing 6 million Jews. But the simple fact in all of this is that Naz made these comments at a time when there was another brutal Israeli attack on the Palestinians. And there is one stark fact that virtually no one in the British media ever reports: in almost all these conflicts the death toll is usually between 60 and 100 Palestinians killed for every Israeli. Now any other country doing that would be accused of war crimes, but it’s like we have a double standard about the policies of the Israeli government.
So there you have it. Ken did not gratuitously bring up Hitler.
May the truth win out!