Soem alarmist remarks about the LEAVE campiagn being shown by The Guardian, but I much prefer Michael Heseltine’s reaction to Boris Johnson and his muddle over bananas –
“He’s not standing up to the strain, his judgement seem to be going“.
Not many LEAVE supporters in the Old Meadows, but those conversations I’ve had have been enjoyable cos they haven’r screamed out at 11, or reflected nonsense like banana bunches or straight cucumbers.
Instead, a sense that Britain was once better and who is anyone to tell us that we can’t do it ourselves.
Conversations have allowed points to be made, like how Norway pays so much to the EU despite being outside, or that there are significant establishments of high spec manufacturing in our part of the Midlands that are at risk if we leave.
Indeed, even when people are starting to think the result isn’t in doubt, conversations about how we trade, do business and make decisons make this a special time to be out and about talking to pople.
Nice to hear a sorting office worker ridicule Boris Johnson for saying there was a limit to selling bananas in bunches of 3s; Lying over bananas, lying over £350m per week, lying over the EU never getting its accounts agreed.
As for the Trades Council debate itself, well, the Old Meadows has already decided, and indeed it would have been a good test for some of the contributors from the floor to have practised the arguments on the doorstep.
BBC tv Newsnight are reporting that the LEAVE campaign are to emphasise immigration more, though they are denying that this is because they have lost arguments on the economy and trade, or that polling suggests they are losing ground.
In the paranoia we see about threats of new immigration, I was intrigued to see a discussion on BBC tv’s Daily Politics about the open border between the EU and the UK, if we leave, that will be Northern Ireland is described by the Secretary of State as a ‘risk’ – and it doesn’t trigger a wave of angst, presumably cos she’s LEAVE.
Meanwhile, a former Labour national spokesperson invites us to embrace Englishness as a way to reach middle England, without a single reference to the jobs market and how local employers used agencies to avoid paying proper wages (cos it’s what cost us in 2010), including I believe, one factory part owned by the Tory MP who represents Ashby-de-la-Zouch, which I heard on Monday was one of the stronger towns for LEAVE. (No doubt the town has a plan to rename itself if they win – Ash tree development of the Smith family?)
A BBC Radio 5 presenter signs off on his Saturday performances by saying sport is the most important of all things, that are unimportant.
Yep, some perspective there.
Less so about Leicester City’s premiership win. The only champions to win by havng less than half of the possession. We are a long way on from Barcelona’s domination through tippy-tappy. The sit back approach was popular once in football games in India, but the game died out as people thought that style was more interesting when watching kabaddi.
Having watched Benedict Cumberbatch play his distant relative in BBC tv’s latest Richard III, I’m surprised Leicester want to be associated with that king. But the connection is there – knowing how to hold 2 down in box – a clear inspiration for their corner kicks.
As for the FA Cup Final, Crystal Palace were said to be posed a dlilemma by Man U going down to 10 men; they were trying to win the final with 30% of the possession.
Now a bit of hyprocrisy here, cos this special team’s approach is kinda how Shrewsbury Town had their best victories this year.
But for clubs to win English trophies with this style begs questions.
Meanwhile, the football excitement has come from Tottenham Hotspur – with 5 England players (Kane, Alli, Dyer, Rose and Walker), who are relatively young. Great skill, pressing and energy – and typical ‘Tottenham glassjaws’ outcomes.
Manchester United winning the cup – and what a run by Rooney – with some young players kinda hints at previous successes, but Mourinho is coming and his wit has definitely waned.
England’s performance against Turkey, in contrast to the win over Germany, showed the old signs of poor passing and control.
Just the kind of grounding we need before getting too excited about the forthcoming Euros.
That’s despite BBC tv’s football documentary “Alfie’s Boys” about winning in 1966 (would surely have only ever been Alf), which despite showing how Ramsey had worked on energy and tactics, summed up with an appeal to players to show spirit. That and a nonsense poem about not doing anything unless you are prepared to sacrifice all – not sure we will ever learn.
A Prime Minister explains that a Defence Minister is telling lies about the process whereby Turkey would join the European Union.
On the day that Turkey’s football team visits to play England, concerns are expressed about crime rising with more Turks in the country.
Oh, and more false numbers about how many will come, and how the burden on accidents and emergencies will increase by 53%.
Then, people have to remind the world that Boris Johnson once actually advocated Turkish entry into the European Union
cos of the bolder and wider benefits.
And we wonder why people get turned off by politics.
Meanwhile, we were meeting residents of the Old Meadows again – this time, in sunshine.
Part of a graphic shared for voting LEAVE.
Often posted along with messages of fear of otherness (e.g. of people who don’t speak English on a train); and sometimes even of hate.
Well, I want my country back.
We might lose it if we leave the EU – cos Scotland wants the EU membership because of all that’s gone wrong. And they provide the blue part of the flag.
And what was the last major common purpose of my country? Defeating the Nazis? Yes, but also resolving for work for all, free health at the point of need, success for all in education, homes for all, and social security for those in need. That was the common resolve, the commonwealth. Perhaps it didn’t have its own special flag. But its flag is our own. Our values – freedom for all, tolerance. The tolerance that brought us success in the past, cos we tolerated those that were different and they brought new ideas; successful ideas; success.
Tolerance. Not that social media hatred; that exclusion of otherness.
The Old Meadows is getting it. Big time.
And we’re working to persuade even more.
Yeah, the Beatles said ‘all you need is love’. I know; but a bit of graft too.
Back to her old neighbourhood, Lilian Greenwood calls on residents of Castle Marina.
A lovely spring evening, the Castle Marina Park grounds were blooming and tidy, and the air was fragrant (Orange Blossom I think).
Met one resident on her way back from work.
A Conservative councillor from Melton District is spotted – Councillor Tejpal Singh Bains is currently undecided on the EU referendum.
Out again in the rain to talk to people about the EU referendum.
Meanwhile, Stronger in Europe have sent a direct mail.