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Very Well, Alone! by yereverluvinuncleber Very Well, Alone! by yereverluvinuncleber
A HARD BREXIT is coming - time to start complaining about it. The EU negotiators are ready to let the UK leave the EU with no trade agreement in place. Britain already had all the EU rules in place so it should have been an easy exit. However, Britain needs control of its borders and that is an anathema to those EU bureaucrats that believe the EU should be one country with free movement from one side of the EU to another. This one belief alone will break the EU apart as many other countries have exactly the same issue.

However, this is not the reason I voted for a Brexit. The lack of democracy is my reason. No-one I ask in the UK knows who is in charge of the EU. No-one even knows the name of the body that governs the EU (the commission). We know there is an EU parliament but no-one here knows who is in the parliament, what the political groups are, what they decide and what they stand for. No-one even knows the name of their own Euro MP.

On a financial basis the EU has no accountability, it has NEVER submitted an audited set of accounts as it has no idea where the money goes. It exists as gravy train for a set of civil servants and corrupt officials and Great Britain has always submitted more money than we have ever received.

This was No.3 in a small series - VERY WELL... ALONE!  This image was created for use in case of Scotland seceding from the union in the democratic election of 2014. The image was adapted from the famous drawing by David Lowe from 1940 showing Britain standing alone when all Europe was arranged in warfare against it. This time Britain was not under a military threat but a political one and so the old symbolism still applies. If the union had dissolved this would have been the main image on my site from that point on.

The end result of the 2014 election was that Scotland decided NOT to throw away three hundred and seven years of incredibly successful political union, so this image was now largely redundant. Now it will be useful for Brexit!
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rochdale Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you've started something now you divil    Devilish


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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Agreed! :)
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faididi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
Hey — we're making America great again, but by no means are we alone.

You can do the same England. Just see how Poland is going about it.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
No. Not really the same. America is not improving as far as I can tell in any way. A rude, arrogant, lying man that can barely speak English representing your country gives a bad impression to the world. The USA is currently the joke of the whole world. It is as if you voted for Ronald McDonald.

In the UK it is about the democratic deficit in the EU and how to retain power whilst remaining a trading partner. Poland has a strong individuality but shows undemocratic tendencies so that is really the opposite of what we consider to be progress.

My comment, my deviation is about Britain being able to stand alone if we have to, if we are forced to. It isn't desirable but if that is the way it has to be then we have done it before and we will survive. It has no connection to Trump's agenda nor his vile and corrupt ways of promoting it.

No, I am not a democrat - that distinction does not carry over here. I am just intelligent enough, observant and non-partisan. I know fools when I see them.
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faididi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
LEL
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
That last comment was meant to refer to Trump and not to you. My apologies.
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faididi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Oh, I know dude.

But sometimes, you don't vote for the person — you vote for what they can do for you.

Hence, LEL
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
I've seen deceit, manipulation, poor policy, mishandling and down right lies along with little or no accountability since I was old enough to take an interest in politics. The only thing that has changed is that its all got worse and the EU is the embodiment of all I listed. That is why I voted out but I doubt I will ever set foot in a polling station again.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
I understand. I lived in Belgium and the EU waste of expenditure there was an eye-opener. The Belgians know what to do with rules - they ignore them. We and the Germans obey the rules to our detriment. A hard Brexit is coming - it will be a slap in the face from France to the UK and they want us to suffer. We will but we will be stronger for it!

:)
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
All the usual will suffer and there will be more erosion on many levels.
Not sure I have the faith you do in us as a people being stronger for it though.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
I think you need to learn and grow. Business tends to bounce back and find alternatives.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
I tend to think more in people than I do business nowadays.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Yes. The world however does not take that into account.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
Well it bloody well is going to have to sooner or later because we are in slomo implosion mode here in west.
Can you really see the structure of our "civilisation" remain as is over the next 20 years ? 
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
I aim to restore the British Empire at some point. It looks more and more difficult as time moves on. What we need is to ally Gt.Britain with an advanced alien race with a steampunk aesthetic. The two cultures might do quite well. We get the empire back and they acquire, the moon?
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SamuraiTaiga Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
I personally never expected the UK to stay as it was anyway. The benefit from the union was always an unfair one, despite that the people of the British Isles as whole were stronger by it's existence.  During the 20th century, futurists were always expecting bigger government, bigger political blocs, as that was the trend being promoted by a certain powerful rich elite and their toady intellectuals. In the 21st century, people are increasingly seeing the dangers of that direction, and questioning the existence of nation-states and government. The pendulum is swinging the other way, and the power & wealth of the elites has become exposed as mostly a fraud dependent more upon belief.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
A good observation. I'm not sure it applies here but I won't argue with you as the Scots are clearly certainly questioning the existence of the UK. Personally, I think it comes from a polarisation of view and a belief that their view is not always the one that is heard. The view that has been expressed in London is very often not that thought by most in Edinburgh.

Regardless, I believe that it is the opinion of the majority that live in England that will continue to have a disproportionate say over Scottish affairs as rump UK will have an economy powered by 55 million persons and 92% of the wealth. You can't live next door to that and not be largely controlled by it.
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SamuraiTaiga Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
There are similar controversies in Japan. The current topguy in Osaka, Hashimoto, wants to separate Osaka into it's own nation-state because he argues that they receive unfair treatment from Tokyo. The central national government is increasingly distrusted by everyone.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Good news - at least from my perspective.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I can understand why the Japanese central gov.t is distrusted, the handling of the Fukushima disaster and the previous gov.ts prior decisions to build nuclear power stations in a country that is notorious for its geological instability would make me distrust generations of governments that made this decision.

In the beginning when nuclear power is proposed they initially stated that serious accidents would only occur once every few hundred years. In reality, so far, it is one every 20 years or so. The effects of an nuclear accident are so serious, at one point the Japanese PM thought that he might be ordering the evacuation of the whole of Japan. I would have little faith in a gov.t that had allowed this situation to arise.
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SamuraiTaiga Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Actually, the current ruling political party (LDP) is the same political party (LDP) whose leaders approved those nuclear power plants in the first place. They've ruled the nation of Japan for most of the past five decades, with only two (very brief) interludes when they didn't control it all. The immediately previous political administration (DPJ) tried to shut down the power stations permanently; then they got pushed out of power by scandals of rather tenuous, oddly convenient timing. The DPJ's leader, Ozawa, was kept out of the political theatre for nearly two years by accusations and investigation of corruption - all of which in court cases were later proven unfounded and spurious. The DPJ went through multiple prime ministers and cabinet ministers, with none lasting more than a few months, each time due to scandals that might not have been based on real evidence. The common public had originally elected the DPJ into power in a landslide result, then despaired over the DPJ's inability to take on the bureaucrats, big corporations, and the USA's bullying antics. So, now we have the LDP back again, with another figurehead "Abe", who does nothing but repeat the same old lies and toady up to the same old lobby groups. He's doing an astounding job of destroying the country's economy regardless of the funny rubbery statistics that they keep producing trying to claim otherwise; Japanese GDP and consumer confidence has plummeted even more so.

Japanese elections are easily rigged, of course. The public apathy about voting - especially the apathy of young people - allows elections to be biased by the simple trick of a minority number being able to swing the votes. Less than 40% of those who are eligible to vote will do so, and so religious groups such as Soka Gakkai which have a political party (New Komeito) use a long term deal with the LDP to bloc-vote and put the LDP into power repeatedly. Not enough young people vote, yet they'll complain about the governments they get. Apathy kills democracy, so the LDP and general political establishment encourage such apathy.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
We do hear about Japan's economic woes, sounds like things have gone wrong somewhere (I'm not knowledgable enough to form an opinion). Democracy practised for a long time by a stable nation does seem to lose its urgency and vibrancy.

Windston Churchill said "Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Belgium wants to split North/South. France and Spain have regions that also want to separate. Quebec will eventually once again look at the possibility of seceding from Canada. If Scotland says 'yes' then a precedent will have been set that will ultimately end up in many areas in Europe seceding. It will be just the start. Some countries will only allow a region to split when the whole country votes in favour. The Scottish referendum would never have occurred in France/Spain as their governments would have fought tooth and nail to prevent secession. Britain is unusual in allowing parts of the Union to have a choice. Democracy is a useful pressure relief valve but the desires of a minority (only 8% of the UK are Scots) can sometimes have a serious impact on the majority (92%) who are not entitled to vote... I am a bit pissed off that I am of Scottish descent, have a house in Scotland, I live and was born in the UK but cannot vote on a subject so close to my heart. A vote that will affect my own nationality - and cannot vote just because I am currently living in England.
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