marymck wrote:Yes, of course I'm sorry if others will be financially affected by the decision to leave. I certainly will be. But it's not all about my bank balance or yours. I happen to think my taking a financial hit in the immediate future will be better for the country in the long run.
True its not our bank balances - that would be acting purely selfishly. But the country's bank balances DOES MATTER. Even many Brexiters accept there is going to be a substantial hit. Promising an extra £350m/week to the NHS, promising EU grants will be matched by HMG, ignoring the real administrative costs of leaving the EU on an economy with tax receipts declining and benefits increasing is real la-la land. In the real world we won't be able to afford what we would have on education, health, environment, the arts ... which will make us poorer in so many other ways.
Not to mention how families, clubs and other groups thrive and expand their horizons with the inclusion of members from across Europe.
It doesn't take too many discussions with people who voted leave to spot reasons that can never be satisfied. Some, no doubt will plough on regardless because dreams take precedence over reality. Some may change their minds when we get a better glimpse of what leaving really means.
Maybe some will switch the other way. But if the opinion polls indicate a strong surge then should it not be tested on a referendum on the exit terms? Shouldn't we have a referendum anyway just to settle what would reamain a festering sore by one side or the other?
Re my Sydenham remark. We have definitive figures for Lewisham and the surrounding boroughs. If you look into the voting patterns of them as a group in this and other elections then the demographics point to a similar strong poll in SE26. But if you think anecdotes discount that then feel welcome.
And it is an ageist thing. As less than a spring chicken myself I am horrified it is people of my generation with closed minds because many of them live in closed communities who live and want to revive the past. The young, particulary in London, live, work and play in a more diverse world than you or I. Its their future we are deciding on. I feel ashamed of how we failed them.