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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 who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.