I’m Voting Labour Because I’m Not a Monster!!!

Within a mile radius of where I live in South East London, there are a number of home windows still showcasing Labour posters from the general election four months ago, while political stickers can be seen on many telephone poles and such like. Among all of them, I have found no political message to the right of Labour. Here’s what I saw.

1)… I’m voting Labour because I’m not a monster!!!

In another words, “everybody who doesn’t agree with my political views is not human.” What confuses me is why anyone would advertise such a malicious message on their living room window. They must think of themselves righteous for doing so, otherwise why would they? Dehumanizing people paves the way for violence.

2) Stand up to racism.

This gives the impression that racism in London is a HUGE issue. Really? Where else in the world do you see people of all races working together peacefully? Sure, it was an issue with first – second generation Asians in England, but what about now?

3) Kick racism out of racists.
I’m glad someone’s scratched this one. I saw another sticker that said “Fight Racism By Any Means Necessary”. What are they angry about -in London? If they really cared about racism, why not sound the alarm on what’s going on in Burma against the Rohingya, Turkey against the Kurds, Bahrain against the Africans, the Arab states against the Jews, even Japan against the Koreans, the list goes on and on (sadly), but London? Really? In any case, this kind of street violence seen in this picture is sickening.

4) London is Anti-fascist.Alright, so violence is ‘cool’?

5) Smash Sexism, Smash the System.

Smash _fill in the blank, choose your enemy_, Smash the System. …Violent, violent, violent.

6) Labour history is migrant history: Stand with migrant workers.

I highly doubt that Labour voting unions in the 60s and 70s would agree with this.

7) Join the Rent Strike!

Ironic how socialist ‘workers’ like to strike while capitalists like to work.

That’s it. Thanks for joining me on this eye popping little tour of my neighbourhood.

We won the vote!

I think we deserve a pat on the back for doing what we could. I feel excited, hopeful and proud for us having chosen a riskier road to freedom. Now, more than ever, I want to show the world and those who voted to Remain, that leaving was the right thing to do. This is the time to rebuild this country, politically, economically, and socially, and we  libertarians have a lot to offer.

The first action we took since the Brexit vote was to write a petition to Parliament, calling on them not to impose closed borders. This was to counter the anti-immigration sentiment that carried a portion of the Leave campaign. We want to endorse tolerance. Please read and sign the petition!

Sign the Petition

On immigration and on other social issues, I believe we can offer unbiased and open platforms for debate, not allowing political correctness to silence truths. Personally, I think it is important to understand the reasons behind the fear of immigration to not let any one body rise to power who wrongfully ride on this unspoken angst.

On trade, economy, welfare, peace – we have a lot to say! The time is ripe, to put forth our creeds – which are backed by varied but solid philosophies – so that we may live in a freer, happier and more prosperous society. I believe that we are in the right place at the right time to do so.

I voted to Leave so that my child could have a voice; should she wish to change any laws, that she had a means to. I voted to Leave to safeguard her from terrorism. I voted to Leave so that we could more freely trade with the rest of the world, as well as EU member states, and finally I voted to Leave so that my family could hire the carers we want, who are best fit and hardworking, who most often happen to be non-UK, non-EU citizens with a insanely restrictive visa process.

While I’ve debated with more than a few Remainers who wished similar things but thought remaining in the EU was the answer, I want to prove to them that the key to a more fair and just society is not in the hands of a state but in each of us individuals.

What I’ve learnt from the streets on this EU Leave campaign

I’ve had civil discussions with a few Remainers who were intellectually convinced that Remain was better for us. An interesting comment that I got from more than a few was that the EU was more democratic than the British government. A (in my opinion mistaken) notion that ran amongst many Remainers was that the EU, a bigger state, was the answer to the woes of a smaller state.

A few days ago a woman came out of her house and handed me back the leaflet I had put in her mailbox. “For Poland, the EU is the last string of hope for a democracy. Poland is right wing. And you are trying to destroy our hope?” I unerstood her passion, and wanted to say allowing a big state to have more power is not the answer, but she shut the door becuase she was busy cooking.

On Oxford Street yesterday a woman from NewZealand said; “The peope who accuse EU of not being democratic don’t even take part in electing MEPs” .

If I had thought of it then, I would have let her know that MEPs are appointed by the party, not elected from us.

At Oxford Circus I said to another woman, “MEPs can’t write legislation, the Commission does, it has both legislative and executive powers.”

“Not true” she shook her head passionately. “Who writes laws here?” she asked. I said “Parliament” she told me I was wrong and furiously walked off.

Another woman at Oxford St shouted “The Empire has fallen!” She thought us Leavers were trying to prop up the British Empire!

A man commented that a fellow leafletter’s logo -Union Jack in the shape of a lion’s head-, was ‘racist’.

Another fellow leafletter was told something like ‘you should be ashamed of yourself’.

Finally, I was told to “go to hell” by a man again at Oxford St.

I must say, the poeple who were most vehemently opposed to Leave were white middleclass. I found myself being a bit causious when approaching them.

On the other hand, it felt easy to approach Asian, black and working class white people, who were either already for Leave, or simply curious and thankful for the leaflet. Richard noticed many undecided people were black women. Could the minority population be neglected by the campaigns?

Late last night handing out last of the leaflets around my neighbourhood, we met a man who was undecided. He was a softspoken middle aged Indian man. We acknowleged how the campaign had been ugly (especially about immigration), after which we went into a long discussion about the implications of the referendum, etc. At one point we brought up the unfortunate murder of an MP, to which he said “who died?”

We were stunned to know he hadn’t heard of it. Apparently, he had unplugged himself from all ‘news’ for the last week, instead sought to gain information by engaging in conversations. Impressive man, and he was so humble. I hoped to meet him again.

Immigration, identity and Brexit

Why is the immigration issue at the heart of many a Brexiteer? In a recent conversation I was engaged in, it was pointed out that a stable society has a common culture, and that culture is not the same as race. For example, we have a British culture that includes people of many different races and creeds, as seen in the Vote Leave camp which include amongst others, Muslims for Britain and a LGTB group Out and Proud. Interestingly, a lot of the earlier immigrant population of Africans, Caribbeans and Asians tend to support Brexit as well, as I’ve heard from a few different sources. The common thread is a shared British cultural identity. What has cultural identity got to do with Brexit?

Wanting to control the flow of immigration is not racist nor anti-other-people, it’s a sentiment that arises trying to protect one’s identity from cultural erosion. When an immigrant population drastically changes a culture that you identify with, immigration can feel like a personal threat to one’s identity.

Everybody associates with one cultural identity or another.
For Brexiters, this identity is linked to a solid past. How about you? Do you identify with your family from whence you came, your land where you grew up, your language, your history, the entertainment that made you and your friends laugh? If so, then you may want to conserve and protect these aspects of your culture. In which case getting out of the EU is a good idea, because we want certain things to stay the same, i.e., we want control over immigration so as to protect the culture that we identify with. (Addendum: The EU has also undermined a deep rooted English culture of jury trial, Habeas Corpus, and industrial pioneering that is only possible in a free market capitalism. Some things are worth conserving.)
On the other hand, if you identify with an idealistic future of a new world order where everybody in the world is equal and the government provides you with the essentials of life, then the EU probably sounds like a step in the right direction.

Some would say that it is part of British culture to accept immigrants, and that cultures evolve, which is true. In the past, and also currently, immigrants assimilated, and together with the local population, developed a new identity called British. It takes time and will of all parties. But the current open-border immigration is a different matter. When discussing immigration, we must talk about numbers and time frame, to properly understand the situation. My husband explained it like this: Immigration is like rain; when the fields are dry and the crops are wilting, you want it to rain. But when the fields are flooded and the sheep are drowning, the last thing you want is any more rain. So with immigration, a culture can absorb moderate numbers of immigrants at a time, but not large numbers all at once, otherwise the culture, hence society, becomes very unstable.

The Brexit campaign is said to be so much more energized than the Remain campaign (even when Remain has more than twice the funding of Leave). I think this is because the influx of immigration in the last fifteen years has forced us to reflect on our own identities, and have awakened our primal instincts to fight back what feels like a threat to our own identities.