Where’s the profit in caring and co-operation?

Date: Monday 26th November 2018

Sir, It was interesting that last week’s letters contained a variety of views on Remembrance and Brexit. Of course the two are not wholly unrelated.

The First World War was fuelled by industrialists, speculators and financiers keen to make profits from the misery and suffering of others. The incredible cost of the armaments required to blow people to bits meant vast profits for the manufacturers on both sides, some of whom even had mutual contracts.

Even today arms sales are the dirty secret of governments which promulgate misery elsewhere in order to fuel their economies.

The EU, despite its many faults, has at least stopped European nations from the wasteful pursuit of warring against each other, creating a peace dividend that can be used to improve the lives of its citizens.

This is anathema to the right, who feel that the world is little more than an economic sphere in which people and the environment must exploit or be exploited.

The EU, while operating a neoliberal economic policy, has a balancing socialistic social policy which requires contribution, taxation and regulation. Where is the profit in caring and co-operation? No wonder the right want us to leave.

Given that the Brexit process is so shambolic — hardly surprising since there was no planning done before the referendum — it is the right of the British people to scrutinise and review the current situation and then decide if they wish to proceed with Brexit.

The Government abdicated its responsibility to make this decision in the first instance by holding a referendum. If it had introduced a Bill into Parliament, as it should have done, it would have been scrutinised, amended, rephrased and finally voted on again by both Houses of Parliament.

If the people were competent enough to be allowed to vote initially, why are we being denied the democratic right to review the progress, or lack of it, so far? There is no excuse for not having another referendum except that those who are still so heavily invested in Brexit know that the result would now be very different.

Do we really want to be responsible for lighting the slow-burning fuse that could lead to another European or world war, environmental degradation, social unrest, more poverty and austerity and a xenophobic, selfish society.

Personally I don’t so I would rather stay in the EU and try to reform it from within. That is not going to happen unless the people are allowed to voice their view in the light of the new evidence. Yours etc,

SHAUN SILSON

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