69. Brexiteer (Empathy, Lent 10)

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As a passionate “remain” voter, this one is tough. I felt very strongly that I was not heard by my country, and that those in Britain who voted to leave the EU were very harsh, both in their vote and in their treatment of those who disagreed with them. Being told afterwards to “suck it up buttercup” (yes, really) was very upsetting. This Lent, however, I am trying to diminish the power of “us” and “them” by looking at things from the other side:

I truly think that the nonsense perpetrated by the EU, with its open migrant policy and its farming subsidies, has to stop. It is unfair and we would do a lot better to self-manage our own nation. We are spending far too much on housing eastern Europeans who claim housing benefit and then send all their wages back home. It’s a drain on the economy. High time that we took back control of our borders and the definitions of what makes our country so great, like funding the NHS properly, instead of paying huge salaries and travel grants to Euro MPs who barely bother to show up. Time for a shake up and a fresh start. Britain was Great once, and can be again. Radical surgery is the first step to a better future.

Photo (of my brilliant artwork, aged 9) and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

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