I intend this to be my last blog that mentions Brexit. The difficulty with Brexit and most political debates is that people are not debating the real issues. Over the years, I have become an observer of people and what the hidden message of what they say really is. It does not stop me getting drawn into foolish debate from time to time but often I am asking will what you are arguing you want really deliver what you want?
Brexit is a case in point. Take a few moments to think about the issues that people will claim to be solved by leaving the EU. Most will not be solved by leaving and of course are unlikely to be solved by remaining in the EU unless something else happens. Some of the issues, I believe will be made worse by leaving. I want to argue that leaving or remaining is not the issue. It is a distraction from the real issue which is how we relate and care for one another.
In a recent debate, I was told that leaving the EU would get rid of the influence of big business. I have to say “Yeah, Right!” Since those campaigners were attacking me via twitter, I wonder whether they realised that their decision to support these platforms was supporting big business. I did not ask whether they used online shopping or whether they used their local dairy or shops but I did ask why they thought leaving the EU would reduce the power of big business? It is in the EU regulations to favour big business. Is that not also there in other free trade agreements and in the British governments attitude? A new Labour government would solve that. “Yeah, Right!” I do not see that in what I am hearing from Labour politicians. Those that do not support reform will be deselected. “Yeah Right!” I am not seeing evidence of that nor do I see evidence of a different attitude in many Labour MPs that they seem to think I should support.
Why do trade agreements often have clauses aimed at limiting government interference in trade of big business? We need to step back further and ask why do we have big business? Why do governments seek to make it possible for big business to flourish?
It comes back to our focus on economic growth. I could argue that housing, migration, homelessness, … all revolve around our economic model or framing story but I do not see these campaigners for leave or remain questioning these economic models or framing stories. They are taken as unwritten rules of how things work. Unless we change our way of thinking, we will not solve the problems that we face in western society and around the world. As long as we seek economic growth, want to institute protection of what we have at the expense of others, have more status than others, … then we will never solve the problems that we have. We might change the nature of them but we will never eliminate them.
We desperately need a new framing story to drive our politics, our businesses, our social interactions, the basic way that we put our society together. I am going to argue that it has to do with getting rid of individualism and going back to principles based on sharing and caring.
Instead of putting up barriers we need to be looking at pulling them down and building relationships. We need to learn what it really means to care for others. We need to learn how to resolve our differences on a daily basis, how to foster the potential in others and not to see them as ways of achieving our own goals and objectives.
I hear none of this in the Brexit debate nor any evidence that a change of government will cause it to happen. I plan to spend my time exploring alternative ways of operating.