Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Radical silliness...

On the eve of the EU referendum....

The in / out debate has been endless. With; I'm sure; varying degrees of accuracy as to what would happen if we leave or remain; on either side of the argument.

Personally I think we should stay.
That's not to say that there isn't much about such a large organisation that needs reforming, reexamining, and changing so as to take the European 'project' forward...

But on balance as an agroecological farmer; who believes that environmental issues shouldn't be left in the hands of a short term focussed national government, or worse in the control of those whose sole motive is profit.
I feel that the EU does far more to implement and enforce the environmental protections that are needed, than is likely to take place if we leave..

Then there are all those tedious workers entitlements, health and safety directives   and upholding of each individuals human rights that come about as a result of European legislation too.

Only tedious of course, if you happen to be privileged already. Or stand to gain in some way from those rights being infringed.....

So for all its flaws, our staying within the behemoth of The European Union gets my vote tomorrow...

The motivation for its initial founding to bring warring nations together to work for the general betterment of all, has for the most part worked.

The fact that we grumble about cucumber sizes; rather than worry about being invaded; pays testimony to that...

We can't work meaningfully to improve a somewhat dysfunctional; yes perhaps; but in the mainpart; well meaning family by disengaging from it..

Plus at the moment; small productive farms; are politically and economically supported on the continent; far more so; than is the case here....

So I hold my hands up to any charges of self interest.
But I would also like to claim too that I have an eye (or two) on the broader picture...

Elephant Garlic....This strain originating from Wales.... Unimpeded border crossing!


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