I wanted to get these Brexit comics done quickly to make sure they were current but other things have taken over...
Like preparing for and going on the March for Europe last Saturday. It felt so uplifting to be among like minded people, upwards of 30,000 of them to be precise. I don't think I'm alone in experiencing an erosion of my trust in my fellow countrymen since the referendum. I have been eyeing everyone with suspicion, expecting racist outbursts at every turn. Standing in the crowd on Saturday with lots of my lovely friends I felt that trust returning, a little anyway. It also felt good to physically show the world that not all of us want to leave the EU, that when news outlets say, "Britain has voted to leave" it was not all of Britain. The tourist buses filled with Europeans that passed the march will go home with their photos and their stories and perhaps that message will spread.
One interesting side effect of this Brexit business has been some unexpected political soul searching on my part. I am SO ignorant. I didn't know about Article 50. I didn't know about EU law. I didn't know about our trade deals with Europe, at least not in terms of what they actually do and how they affect us. I'm not even that up to date on the policies of the Labour party, a party I have voted for since I was able to exercise my right to do so. I am nowhere near as informed as I think I am. This must change if I want to see change.
I received a perfectly timed email from my Uncle, whose views and opinions I admire, he told me that I need to be less politically idealistic if I want to do real good. His email hit home essentially because he said out loud exactly what I was thinking anyway. I've thought about it and I don't think I necessarily need to be less of an idealist, it's that drives me to vote in the first place, but I do need to do some through research and ground more of my political thinking in fact. That way when I vote, I vote with my head AND my heart.
I'm going to start with looking at alternatives to austerity. It's crippling this country. It's making life really fucking hard for A LOT of people and that's unacceptable, so if you know any left leaning economists or you are one yourself get in touch. I want to know more.