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EU Referendum: It's Getting Close Now

I'm voting for democracy ...

 
 

POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 24/05/2016 @ 8:00AM

Well, it's getting close to the EU referendum on 23rd June, and I am a committed out voter. I always have been as you may have noticed. However, the one thing I do point out to those vaguely interested is that I support no political party and never will ...

The EU Referendum is on the 23rd June and I know how I'm voting.

The EU Referendum is on the 23rd June and I know how I'm voting.

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I have been asked by various groups who wish to leave the EU, to get involved, but the thought of standing beside anyone from either Labour, the Conservative or UKIP fills me with horror.

"I have an allergy to party
political activists."

They tend to foam at the mouth with righteous indignation if you dare to disagree with them. I've read all about it over the years and come to the conclusion that I prefer a democracy in our own parliament, where we vote them in directly and, more to the point, can remove them at an election.

I think where the left wing pro-EU supporters are wrong is that they view the present government as permanent, which they're not. By the time the next election comes around there will be two different leaders for the main parties and I reckon it will be perfectly possible for Labour to win if they choose the right person.

Also, our government - whoever they are - can not bind their successors to any law, which basically means that if the Tories do something they don't like, such as bring in TTIP, then Labour, should they win the next election, can overturn it.

"It works both ways of course, and so
it should."

If we stay in the EU, as I suspect we will, then anything passed will not be overturned and TTIP, which does concern me, is being negotiated in secret and that doesn't bode well.

Old Jean Claude Juncker who is President of the European Commission, is threatening the UK by saying 'Deserters' will not be welcome. Deserters? Oh deary me ... not a man keen on democracy then.

He's also said, "When the going gets tough, you have to lie". That's not the kind of geezer I really care for. I think the only thing I have in common with him is that I can also order brandy in 4 different languages.

Anyway, I've said it before, my reason for voting out is purely democratic and I'll stand by that although I won't be joining any rallies to put my view forward as I don't care for many of the spokespeople on either side and I imagine that they wouldn't much care for me.

"Whatever the result, I'll stand by it and am pleased we're having a vote."

If it goes in favour of staying in the EU, I shall not put up one of those silly posts on facebook which says "Not In My Name", because although I will have voted the other way, it is in the name of democracy, not specifically for my view, and that's good enough for me.

And I hope it's good enough for the Remain camp if we should leave ...

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH


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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.