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The UK just shrunk in stature

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After many months, years and decades of political wrangling and debate over whether the UK should be in or out of the EU – we finally got a decision.

The United Kingdom voted via referendum to leave the EU.  No one really knows how the result of Friday 24th will pan out, but I can’t say for certain that it will be negative – like those who voted to leave can’t say for certain that everything will be ok.

But I do believe the consequences will be far reaching and I do not think we understand them fully.  In 20 or 30 years from now we will look back and be able to trace events which have occurred, events we do not yet know of, back to the result today.

Some of those events will be positive but I’m sure some will also be negative. And

Who would have guessed that the awful events of September the 11th, would have lead to a 10 year war in Iraq and Afghanistan. We understand about Afghanistan- but the problems were on the Afghan/Pakistan border – Iraq had nothing to do with it and has tainted our international politics ever since. When David Cameron tried to help Syria out during its civil war the only thing that was shot down was his plan.

And then, who would have guessed that a street vendor setting fire to himself in Tunisia in 2010 would have lead to an Arab Spring, which eventually lead to tens of thousands of desperate migrants streaming into Europe – which would then be used as means of scaring UK voters via an outrageous poster during the EU campaign.

Who would have guessed that the Labour parties decision to elect Ed Milliband instead of his brother would have lead to an old anti-EU left winger being at the helm of the Labour Party when the UK was asked to make a crucial to stay or leave the EU.   Had Labour chosen David, maybe the referendum wouldn’t have happened at all!

Like most disasters there is no one single incident that proves fatal.  It’s a series of events some linked, some not that come together  at a crucial point just does disaster strikes.  As it was, the vote ended up being about a lack of political buyin from our voters, a fear of immigration and a boot in the face of our politicians.

And so here we are.  The Prime Minister resigns; the stock markets plummet; business is unsure about whether to invest; some considering a move.

What will happen next?  My guess is that it won’t be as bad as people suggest and it won’t be as wonderful as those brexiters would have us believe.  Given the amount of pro-EU support in parliament – I wonder if the anger felt by those of us who voted to remain – will soon be felt by those who voted to leave.  Outcome. Yet again, no one is happy and everyone feels cheated.

Well done, politics, you did it again.

 

 

 

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Monday Matters EU Referendum Show 22 February 2016

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On Monday Matters for the 22nd February, it’s been announced that the EU referendum will be held on Thursday June 23rd. But apparently, we Brits are 60 times more likely to talk about reality TV with our friends than discuss the merits of the EU.

The prime minister presented his case for Britain to stay in the EU today in the commons. Well have more on that later. Yesterday Boris Johnson said he’d campaign for Britain to leave the EU – we will hear his statement after 9pm.

George Harrison who would have been 73 years old this week, as it was he died of cancer on November 29th 2001 – aged 58.

Greek Bailout, XTC & bonnie britain meets Why Not People

Protesters take part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens February 11, 2015. Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday to support their new anti-austerity government which was locked in tough negotiations with euro zone partners in Brussels. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4P7AN
Protesters take part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens February 11, 2015. Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday to support their new anti-austerity government which was locked in tough negotiations with euro zone partners in Brussels. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST) – RTR4P7AN

On this show we play 4 songs back to back from the featured group XTC; founder and drummer in the group Terry Chambers celebrates his birthday that week.

After 8pm SFM’s Greek correspondent Elleni Panayiotou joins the show live from Athen’s on the day that the Grexit was averted. Eurozone leaders have come to a “unanimous” agreement over a third bailout for Greece after marathon talks, averting the danger of a Greek exit from the euro. The new package is said to be worth €35bn.

After 9pm Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the launch night of a new club called Why Not People. It’s a members club established exclusively for people with disabilities. As well as the organiser of the event Jameela Jamil and those in attendance Bonnie got a dance lesson from the boy band flawless!

Vampires – A Horrid History

Dr Richard Sugg is a lecturer in the Department of English Studies and a member of 17th century Studies and has authored books such as “Murder after Death” and ” Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires”.

Bram Stoker published his book Dracula in 1897 and it could be argued that this and the 1958 Hammer film production of Dracula starring Christopher Lee truly brought Vampires to our screens and into our