Warning: Some Politics Ahead

So tomorrow (I think) the UK is going to have a public vote over whether or not they will remain in the EU.

I’m really too weary to debate this, but it does make me mad. By all means, brexit[1] if you want to. If that’s the will of the people, then that’s what democracy is about. Of course I’ll be disgusted, but what else is new?

[1] I’m sorry, but this was what Wump used to say when she couldn’t pronounce “breakfast”. So every time I hear about it, I think the Brits are voting “beans on toast” vs. “tea and scones”. Would that they were.

I don’t know what will happen if the UK withdraws from the EU. Anyone who says they do know is lying to you. I’m pretty sure it will weaken the union, because removing members from a club inevitably weakens the club, but that’s not to say that a) the other members won’t step up and carry the load, or b) that the leavers will suffer.

I think it’s telling that the main supporters of brexit are either playing the “rampant immigration of violent Muslims” card, or the “EU has way too many rules and are ruining our sovereignty” card. So, either bigots, or 1%ers.


Not that Gatsby was either…

Obviously, if you’re a CEO or other profiteer from a multinational corporation, EU regulations are stifling your ability to make money. This is because the regulations are mostly about health, safety, quality standards and human rights. I know, because I’ve worked for multinational companies here in Finland for over a decade now, and EU regulations are a big deal. “What does legal say about this new feature, will it jump through all the EU hoops?” is a not-uncommon question in design and documentation meetings.

So I am predisposed to think favourably about the EU. Is it a leaky boat? Oh, for sure. Would it be better for us to actually do something to plug the leaks rather than keep on bailing (and expecting some people to do way more bailing than others)? Absolutely. But the thing about that is, the leaks can really only be fixed by the people inside the boat. And diving overboard and swimming for it with a bunch of the best buckets is a rat bastard move.


Now, this is of course a myth, but even if it was true … maybe if the EU wasn’t full of corporations determined to paint cowpats green and tell people they were cabbages, just to make money, we wouldn’t need so many regulations about it. Just maybe?

But by all means, have your vote. That’s what democracy is, and just because I don’t agree with it this time and am concerned about the effect you crumpet-loving doucheballoons are going to have on my standard of living, I’m all in favour of you getting this vote. I just wish nobody I knew was taking the path of tacitly supporting the hatemongers and the nationalists and the super-rich. By all means, let’s take a giant, knuckle-dragging step backwards away from global and species unity, and towards pointless tribal isolationism.

Speaking of the 1%, I tend to look at it this way.

Nobody seems to have a problem with the richest and most comfortable people paying more to help out the less fortunate. But suddenly when it’s a country, we’re all about the rights of the hereditary rich to stay rich?

Smells like cabbage to me.

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4 Responses to Warning: Some Politics Ahead

  1. I’m going to tactfully bow out of making a comment on the issue itself, as usual, and instead just remark on a detail. I don’t see why people think that it’s a bad thing that legislative regulations include lots of words. There are two types of legislation. Detailed legislation that leaves little wiggle room for exploitation and misuse, and arbitrary rules of thumb open to interpretation that can be twisted and debated upon. I’m not a fan of unnecessary bureaucracy, and wordy legislation is not automatically fair and well considered, but saying that legislation is stupid because it has a high word count is bullshit.

    Another issue entirely is, why is Lord’s Prayer even mentioned in that graphic. I can swallow 10 commandments being on the list, because historically, it has had some political value, but… it’s still dodgy to imply a direct connection between religious and political texts, especially between historical and modern. That graphic looks like something a religious fundamentalist would put together.

    • stchucky says:

      You’re quite right. It’s not like any of those “short and righteous” texts were ever misinterpreted to serve the agendas of the greedy and murderous. Right?

      And yeah, it was a very weird set of numbers. I assumed it was intended to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Simple God-fearing folk. Salt of the Earth. “You know … morons.”

      • I’m visioning a future in which every piece of Important Text must fit within a given word count, but the writers are instructed to write them even shorter, so that they don’t get cut off in the preview like in Facebook. Because we can’t require people to click to “see more”.

      • stchucky says:

        When they open a Department of TL;DR, I will go Guy Fawkes on their arses.

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