What happened to the angry young man? He turned into an angry middle-aged man

When I was young, I I knew it all. I knew what the decent thing to do was and found myself  angry and powerless regarding man’s inhumanity to man.

The miner’s strike of 1984 was kicking off all around me in Barnsley and I hated the government for what it did to my town and the people living there.

Now I’m a typical middle-aged man I’m still angry at the government and religion but also the apathy of most young men and women. (I use the word ‘most’ there.)

Ony 36% of young people in the 18 – 24 year old category voted in the EU referendum. 64% just couldn’t even be arsed.

Now they’re complaining that their futures have been decided by old people who will probably be dead when the dust settles.

Some 16-18 year-olds are  making the same complaint. Well why didn’t you say something before the referendum? Why didn’t you harangue and cause a fuss beforehand? Voting age is 18 – although you wouldn’t think it to look at the turn-out at the polling stations.

All this comes after the fact. You didn’t have your vote and you want to change the result. You should have voted.

You had your vote and want to change it because the result isn’t what you wanted? Well, you shouldn’t have voted for Brexit then.

You had your chance to have your say and you kept your mouth shut.

Do the same now. Shut the fuck up. You’re just making me angrier.




Poor Boris Johnson. Betrayed by his comrades. Well, boo-fucking-hoo

The dishonourable member Boris Johnson has been stabbed in the back by the equally shifty Michael Gove and we’re surprised!

We’ve known politics is a shady business for centuries, even the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln had more faces than a clock factory but was always careful about which one he presented to the public.

The first casualty of the Tory leadership race was Boris Johnson and the second should be Michael Gove for his public show of deceit – if he is willing to stab his colleague in the back for power, what is he willing to do to the country?

Of course, Boris Johnson’s failing was deciding to come clean. He didn’t think the Brexit campaign would win and was only using it for the experience of running a big campaign. Now we need a Prime Minister who can sort it all out.

Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of Great Britain in September 1939 at the start of World War II. In May 1940, after his disastrous Norwegian campaign, Chamberlain resigned and Winston Churchill succeeded him.

Neville Chamberlain was a great peace time Prime Minister and by his own admission Churchill was only good in the war years.

We are now at War. We need someone at the helm who can with a level head repair the damage Nigel Farage has done at the EU this last week.

Someone who can put Britain back on the right path. While negotiating deals with Europe and the rest of the world without insulting them.

This person also has to assuage the Remain voters and the Buyer’s Remorse voters who are now signing petitions and marching on Parliament.

They also have to stamp down forcibly on the hate campaigners now believing that a Brexit vote means you can shout racist vitriol at ‘foreignors’.

I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few months – I wouldn’t even rule out another referendum with the government itself being split 60/40 in favour of Remain.

Whatever happens the result of any referendum could mean nothing. The referendum shows the will of the people. The government still has the power to overrule this and decide what they feel is right for the country.

That decision is yet to be made.



Buy Blitish!

Now that there’s a certain uncertainty about the United Kingdom it would be financial suicide to take your money out of Britain anymore.

For a start, no more European holidays. It’s time to support our own tourist industry and spend your wages in coastal holiday towns. You could argue that you want some sunshine and Britain has bad weather. Well, them’s the breaks.

Fancy a coffee? Well, walk past Starbucks, Cafe Nero and all those lovely little boutique restaurants and find a good old English caff or greasy spoon.

Similarly, when we need to buy technology, stop with your Apple, IBM, and Samsung, their unwillingness to pay taxes for their right to sell to the British people is draining our coffers.

Forget about using Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, HBO and SKY, it’s time to switch to BBC, BT Sport, ITV and Channel 4.

Send back those American Express Cards, they’re not really contributing to our economy either. The Royal Bank of Scotland has a card that is just as efficient.

You can only shop at Tescos, Morrisons and the Co-operative now. Forget all those discounted supermarkets like LIdl and Aldi, we’ve got to keep money here.

Of course this isn’t a hard and fast rule but if we want to keep our society and British firms functioning we have to stop shipping our money to other countries by the container load.

Oh yes, and if you’re not driving a Morgan or a Bristol, send your own car back and buy one.

It’s the British thing to do.


“Sorry, you Brexit, you bought it”

Like many people who voted ‘Remain’ on Thursday I was gutted by the decision to leave the European Union. Through my distress I vowed that if it was the ‘will of the people’ I would be British about it and soldier on.

Today, I woke up to find some ‘Leavers’ are suffering buyers remorse and want to change their vote.

There are rumours that on Friday, Google was inundated with requests from British people wanting to know what Europe was.

Other people are saying that there wasn’t enough of a majority, I’m sorry 1.3 million sounds like a lot to me. Some voters are even signing a petition for a second Brexit vote because not enough people voted – it was the highest turnout at the polls for 30 years.

There are graphs showing that under 18s weren’t represented – well you set the rules of this referendum beforehand. We all agreed to them when we voted.

Tell you what, why don’t we have the best of three? Or take the verdict back to Marks and Spencers so we can swap it for something better?

In essence the Great British people have told Europe they think the European Union are all cunts – you can’t skulk back and take that statement back.

For better or worse, you have to stick by your decision.

A great friend of mine said throughout this campaign that he took the racist insults and still voted for what he believed in.

Call it freedom of thought, freedom of speech, or even democracy. Democracy says that we leave the European Union.

I believe in democracy, and democracy made a choice on Thursday through action.

Man-up England.




The Divided Kingdom

The people have spoken and we are now going to Leave the European Union. Fine, let’s move on. But at the moment we are still bitching and moaning.

David Cameron will resign, hurrah! Boris Johnson will probably take his place, boo! Scotland will probably vote to stay in Europe -not sure about that one.

Now there has been a suggestion that London could remain in the European Union. If that happens cities like Birmingham could do the same.

So we’ll be left with a country that is completely split. Half-in and half-out of Europe.

It doesn’t matter that all the people who have felt disenfranchised by our governments decisions have finally had their voices heard. The government, which was 60% stay, could still wangle a stay.

So, what’s the Leave camp’s plan to combat that? What do you mean there isn’t one? Surely after months of campaigning both sides would have plans in place to make sure England would be fine whatever happened.

No? Are you shitting me?


I’m staying in Europe, you can leave if you want to

Last night the thunder rolled and the lightning flashed. The heavens opened and rain washed the litter from the pavements.

It was almost like portents of doom resounded across the night sky in Merton last night. And I sat staring out the window as mother nature had her say.

This morning as the first sparrows yawned, stretched and farted, I headed down to the community centre and voted to stay in Europe.

Did I do the right thing? I have no clue. Time will tell if all this is for the greater good or a monumental mistake.

What it has done, has given us all a target to point the finger at, if it goes wrong. If we stay and England is swallowed up, the government can say, ‘well, you voted for this’. Same goes for an overwhelming exit vote. ‘It’s your fault.’

I hope that’s not the case. Whatever happens I hope that our country can stop playing one side off against the other.

I used to think it ridiculous whenever I watched Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons. Grown men behaving like children.

This campaign has seen that attitude spill out onto the street. Intelligent adults, name-calling and threatening violence because we don’t think the same.

What’s next? Do we all start blowing each other up with pipe bombs because someone didn’t agree with our vote in the referendum?

When Mahatma Gandhi was asked by a journalist what he thought of Western civilisation he replied, ‘I think it would be a good idea’.






We’re not having a referendum for the people to have their say.

David Cameron may mouth words of financial stability and people’s rights but he’s looking after the most important part of England – himself.

This whole referendum is all a political subterfuge to stop Ukip stealing people from the Tory camp and to quiet the revolution within his own party.

David Cameron’s power is dwindling and in a last-ditch effort to hold on to his position he is willing to throw the country away just to keep it.

Recent events have cost him dearly; #dodgydave and ‘Piggate’ didn’t just tarnish his reputation, they made him a worldwide laughing stock.

What kind of man would play with the well-being of 65 million people just to hang on to his own power and influence?

Politicians are supposed to be the servants of the people, yet our Mr. Cameron is only in the business of serving himself.

Whichever way this referendum goes, can we please remove him from power completely?





Tomorrow, I have to decide whether I’m a traitor or a racist

Well, I will be voting to stay in. Why? Because I think Britain is better as part of the European Union.

And what’s the alternative? More financial insecurity? Haven’t we just been through a double-dip recession?

What I hate about this whole Leave and Remain campaign is that it’s been dirty politics all the way through.

All the camps have done is focus on the negatives. If you vote to stay in the European Union and you’re a traitor. Vote to leave and you’re a racist. Or so the Remain camp have been insinuating all along.

There have been very few arguments highlighting the positives of either decision. It’s been name-calling and childish accusations.

What are we eight? Are we still in the playground? If you’re mates with him, then you’re not mates with me!

If we were instead presented with a proper plan of action in case of either scenario, then I probably would be brave enough to consider a Leave option.

But since it’s been bickering and indecision from every party, I have to vote with my conscience. So, I’m a traitor.

But call me it to my face and I’ll get you after school.




We are forgetting one thing in the Brexit situation; David Cameron fucked a pig’s head

With Brexit we seem to have forgotten one of the most important issues of the day – David Cameron put his pork sword in a pig’s mouth.

‘Piggate’ has been swept under the carpet and has been claimed to be ‘hogwash’ and ‘pigswill’ since the announcement of the referendum.

It was part of an initiation ceremony for the Piers Gaveston Society and reported by Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott in their unauthorised autobiography of David Cameron – ‘Call me Dave’.

We seem to have forgotten other important issues as well. Our steel industry is up the swanee thanks to our beloved Chancellor who will provide help and concessions to banks, but not to a real industry that makes things.

One question I have to ask is, if the British Steel industry collapses what are we going to sell if we leave the European Union?

Textiles? No that was ripped up in the early 70s. Coal? No, our coal industry was shut down in the 1980s.

Well, at least we have our health. Hold on a minute, the government are also winding down our National Health Service, then claiming it doesn’t work.

Next they’ll be selling it off to the lowest bidder. Like they did with Royal Bank of Scotland. I’m sorry, anyone who makes a £1 billion loss by selling a bank ought to be strung up over Westminster Bridge.

Our governments are saying that their hands are tied by the European Union but that’s just not true. Our governments are selling off common land, allowing industries to collapse, propping up the banks’ health, while ours suffers because of lack of support for our NHS.

That’s not the European Union, it’s our own elected governments.

Forget the referendum, forget our antiquated two party system, can’t we just have a government that looks after the interests of the British people?

They say that governments should be frightened of their people because they have the right to vote them out. But look what we get in England, two parties that are systematically destroying our way of life term by term.