The EU Referendum: In Just Two Days Time
My final thoughts ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 21/06/2016 @ 8:00AM
I have put my blog on speech presentation on hold for this week due to the impending EU referendum, which is this coming Thursday. I wanted to get my final thoughts across to my readers ...
The EU Referendum is on the 23rd June. Don't forget to vote!
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Following the tragic death of the MP Jo Cox, murdered in broad daylight by one of her constituents, I thought it worth bringing up the referendum one last time. This Labour MP stood for many causes, not least democracy and decency and was killed by a maniac.
"That, I think, we can all agree on."
If anyone chooses to murder someone due to disagreeing with them, then I think he/she or they can be classified as a maniac. The same goes for the people who murdered the last standing MP, Ian Gow, in 1990, and those before that, the killers of Sir Anthony Berry, Rev Robert Bradford, and Airey Neave, all sitting MP's murdered for their views since 1979.
Having read the obituary of Jo Cox, I find I support most of what she stood for, especially the treatment of refugees which was a huge part of her life. Where I disagreed with her is on our membership of the EU, but I respected her view on why she supported it.
One quite sad aspect of her death is that I have even seen some people calling for the reintroduction of capital punishment as a result of it. While it is a totally absurd to imagine that capital punishment would ever be brought back in this country, I do think it shows a total lack of understanding of what someone like Jo Cox was all about.
"This EU campaign has had a terrible outpouring of abuse from both sides."
Even I've had a bit of it, and all I have ever done is to put forward the case for democracy, and my views are unlikely to change anyone as I'm not in the world of wanting to change other people's views but I do like to explain why I hold mine, in case anyone is interested.
In a way, I'm lucky because most of the people I disagree with are moderate and we can bicker about it over a cup of tea. Doesn't change any of our minds but it does give each of us a bit more insight into why others don't necessarily hold the same view.
Now that the campaign both for and against the EU has re-started, I do hope that people can put their views forward with a little bit more decency and positivity for the last couple of days.
"I shall vote to leave because that's
what I believe."
But I do hope that we as a nation accept the result with grace and do our best to make it work whichever way it goes, and remember that people, even in this country, have been murdered for standing up for democracy.
And we can still walk into that booth on Thursday and vote privately for what we believe in. So please make sure you do.
Until next time ...
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.