#Brexit … #RemainIn or #VoteLeave ? Here’s someones perspective that may be a tad different. PART 3

Tony Benn EuropeSo, my experience in Poland re EU monies. In the media Poland is oft hailed as the “success story of the European Union”. Let us look at the facts with regards to the European Union success.

Poland is the largest NET recipient of EU cash. The country that has most free cash than any other country in the entire 28 country bloc. The country would probably be bankrupt without the free EU cash that they receive. They are the poster child of the EU – the best of the best. So, everyone else is below them in the eyes of the EU with regards to success.

So, question 1 – why have millions of Polish people left? Why are they the largest migrants of any European Country if things are so great for them??

Question 2 – why do they have such a declining birthrate that their government is now paying people to have kids?

Question 3 – why are the EU threatening sanctions and possible expulsion from the EU (the latter is rhetoric and will never ever ever happen) currently due to their law breaking? Poland has scrapped the rights and independence not only of their media but also of their Judges. They’ve imposed a government controlled regime which can only be compared to communist Russia.  The government control the courts and the government control the media…in a free and democratic European Union.

Poland is controlled by a far right government –  democratically elected. They have one of the worst educational systems in all of Europe despite all of the finance. (On this point if anyone tries to quote OECD figures with regards to “passing tests”, have a look at applied knowledge – yours, an ex teacher). Why are their qualifications from degrees, BTECs, GCSEs, A-levels still non transferable to any other EU country?. Heck, even their car MOTs are not valid in any other country.

I’m not blaming the normal people. I’m blaming successive governments and corruption. Poland has had more money thrown at it, given for free than anywhere other than Eastern Germany (in real terms) since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet, it is a failed state.

If a success story is high unemployment, low education, high debt, high corruption, record level migration away from the country, investigations by the EU, American torture camps, an inefficient miltary, women treated as second class citizens, a corrupt police force, a record low birth rate (despite the Catholicism of the country), most meat exports banned?

If this is the EU success??

What the fuck does failure look like?

When I lived in Poland the largest free cash came from Germany, France and then U.K. taxpayers. I need to verify but, I believe as of the UK getting hit for more cash as our economy was doing so well that the largest free cash now goes Germany, UK then thirdly the French.

The UK and the Germans are paying for this success story.









Now….where does the German and British money specifically go….that’s next


#Brexit … #RemainIn or #VoteLeave ? Here’s someones perspective that may be a tad different. PART 2

Tony Benn EuropeSlovakia was fine. You’d rarely see nor hear anything about the European Union. Indeed I bloody loved it. In hindsight maybe I was a bit oblivious to the EU influence? I would see EU flags flying which as a Brit was obviously odd as no one has an EU flag here in the U.K. I’d come across a few websites with the paid by the EU thing at the bottom (or whatever it said) – to me it was just like the “cookies warning” we now get. I was living in this far away place, waking up looking at mountains, with a woman I loved, in glorious sunshine and was basically treated as a celebrity. I’m 6 1 , Eastern Europeans are short in comparison, I had long hair and was/am slim ( they’re all mainly fat and balding as of steroids and diet) . I could do whatever the fuckety fuck fuck I wanted as I was BRITISH. That’s not me being a twat, that’s them speaking. I was like a minor celeb or some bullshit. How was I in this position? As of the EU.

Solely as of the EU.

The negativity I witnessed didn’t impact my daily life but really messed with my perception and made me realise that I was living in a different world. People were openly racist with regards to anyone of colour if it ever came up in conversation. I’d see Police moving on drunk Romas from the bus station I lived opposite and give them a little kick in but leave the drunk Slovaks alone, or just wake them up and tell them to move. I’d hear the “n-word” sometimes. All very very infrequently but it was obvious there was a racist undertone to society when it came to colour. Never ever to me, ever, but to anyone non white? Yes. I was more interested in the Slovakian vs. Hungarian politics which was at the forefront of everything more than anything else to be honest. Then I heard about the exposure of neutering Roma women against their  knowledge/will and it blew my mind. I was suddenly really aware that not only was there racism here that there was institutional racism at a scale I couldn’t comprehend. “The American” as I shall call her had tried warning me about such things but I thought it was a minority and they were just “different”. I’ve a big gob and lets just say the amount of arguments I got in are too many to count. My step sister of 21 years has two mixed race children…my lovely nephews, the American has a mixed race nephew. I had to learn to keep my gob shut and accept that these lovely, welcoming, friendly, hospitable, intelligent, hardworking people, some I still consider very very good friends were racist. Not as they were fucking idiots but as “that’s the way they are”. Some may call me a pussy for accepting how Eastern Europeans are but that’s their culture, education and upbringing. I’m an atheist but I can’t shout down half of my Irish family and call them retards and disown them as they believe in fairytales can I? Or should I?

My experience in Slovakia taught me many things. They are racist. They are not exposed to any different religions, cultures or colours. They are lovely people. Their country is stunningly beautiful. They are a new country. A third wish the Soviets were back, a third embrace the EU, a third wish the Nazis were back. These newly created countries with borders decided by white people in the US, the UK, the UN have always been a clusterfuck. I swear little know that the current borders of Poland we invented after WW2! The whole west of the country is basically Germany. What was the east of Poland is now Ukraine. Just like the middle east we (the west) have carved up countries, tribes, religious preferences, natural resources how we see fit. I trekked and found the original place the “Great Escapers” were murdered in what is now Poland on the anniversary of that massacre, in the arse end of nowhere. It coincided with a celebration day in Poland and I stayed in a former Nazi HQ which has been turned into a hotel. No one spoke Polish. No one flew the red and white of Poland, no one gave a fuck about Poland. In Poland. I sat in bars when air raid sirens went off in memory of the Warsaw uprising and older people gave no fucks. The youth gave no fucks. So many of these EU countries have either been invented by us as we saw fit. So many of them weren’t even on MAPS as countries until either recently or they weren’t on said maps in any way shape or form since around the time Australia or the United States of America were officially formed.

In Eastern Europe at least. The EU, and I’m being exceedingly polite, finances some exceedingly complex parts of the world. Parts of the world that are still coming to terms with their own borders. Let alone the world outside of what was the USSR.

Next, part three. Poland…. I don’t blame anyone wanting to leave the “success story of the EU” – if that’s a success story then fuck me I don’t want to know what the hell failure fucking looks like.  I don’t blame those wanting to stay and try and re-build their country. Fuck me it’s complex. Here is where I really saw what the EU is about overseas and haven’t even got anywhere near democracy yet with regards to just the EU and the UK.

Next up – how and where our tax money is spent…



#Brexit … #RemainIn or #VoteLeave ? Here’s someones perspective that may be a tad different. PART 1

Tony Benn EuropeBrexit – the most important vote any British, Irish or (eligible) Commonwealth citizen has probably ever had to make in his or her lifetime. Indeed probably the most important vote that they’ll ever have to make between now and the day that they die.


I’ll start this post off wanting to stress a few things.

  1. If David Cameron had secured any genuine reforms of the United Kingdoms relationship with Brussels I would more than likely be pro-actively campaigning and voting to remain. Actually, if he maybe had secured any new legally binding reforms, (for he has not), I would possibly consider my position on this differently. He hasn’t. We are where we were and we’re heading towards where the EU wants us to head.

  2. In my opinion BOTH the official “leave” campaign and the “remain” campaign have been a crock of shit. An utter disgrace to themselves and to the British voting public. BOTH OF THEM.

  3. The media have been biased at worst and shoddy at best with regards to reporting facts with what the situation is. The Guardian has been right wing for quite some time yet some fail to realise it. The Daily Mirror (my old employers) have betrayed their core Socialist Labour readership over and over again on this issue. The Express and Mail are both toilet paper and always have been so nothing has changed there. The BBC have highlighted reports from partly or fully EU funded organisations above stories that should get the top spot; the former head of Mi6, former heads of our Military getting less coverage than other pro/remain stories is a disgrace to journalism. Apart from the Sky debates (can’t believe I am praising them) every other debate has been shite, managed and controlled. I have been at three live debates and lined up to speak on two of them – they’ve all been ridiculous behind the scenes and exceedingly stage managed for all speakers.

  4. I’m a card carrying Labour member and UNITE Union member. Membership numbers L1458316 and 20644162 respectively. I’m not a UKIP member. I consider myself more of a socialist and a libertarian as such. “Full Disclosure”…in the last London elections I voted for Peter Whittle (UKIP), Sian Berry (Green Party) and Dr Onkar Sahota (Labour). In the last General Election I voted for and was heavily involved in the campaign of  Dr Rupa Huq MP. So much so that I was invited to appear (and did so) in various photoshoots/press events with Dr Huq, Tom Watson, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan and Ed Milliband. In the previous election I voted for Nick Clegg (let’s just leave that and say “I’m sorry”). In every single election previous to these I have voted Labour – from council, LAM, MEPs, MPs etc. My vote for Clegg was the first time I ever didn’t vote Labour. I am also friends with or close acquaintances with various Labour MPs and then various Labour and Lib Dem councillors. I have always, always, voted on manifesto promises and individual candidates previous voting records (where applicable) . Until the latter days of Blair I always considered myself a “Labour man”.

  5. I have benefited from the “free movement of people” of the EU/ EEA /EFTA. If you consider an adult life to start at 18 I have spent 25% of my adult life living, working and paying taxes within the EEA on a permanent basis. I have visited or passed through thirteen EU countries, with zero border checks, within the last 2 1/2 years alone.

  6. My partner is an American citizen. For over a year she has not been able to work due to the new immigration policies of the current U.K. government. We are currently in a legal battle against the UK government to allow her to stay and work in my country. My views on our EU membership have not changed nor are biased as of this – indeed, staying within the EU will benefit us as she/we are actually fighting her leave to remain case under EU and not British legislation.

So, that was the quick introduction. Now for the long post. I forewarned you that this would be long…I implore you to read it all.

I never really had an issue with the European Union. Yes, we had the whole pounds and ounces vs grams and kilograms stuff. Yes, we had straight cucumbers or bent or whatever it was. Yes, we had a “heh let’s all have the same currency” debacle – which seemed never to be a genuinely viable option in the UK from any party. I remember when I was younger vague Maastricht and EEC  conversations. I couldn’t really give a monkeys. I’d visited countries on holibobs pre free movement and after free movement and, well, jack diddly changed..still didn’t need a visa so that was cool. As a little un I was in the back of my Dads passport as such – first time I got my own it was EU but whatever, it still had cool things from the Queen written in the front. That was about it. My first “negativity” towards the EU was actually more directed towards the Euro. I used to visit Amsterdam a heck of a lot and I remember when they were phasing in the Euro and it was basically a pisstake. Pay with the Guilder and it was X price, pay with the Euro and all the shops had just rounded shit up and it was more expensive. When i went and they had fully implemented the transition then bloody everything was more expensive. That annoyed me as did not having fun with drachmas, pesetas, guilders…well that and no cool stamps in my passport. Then I moved to Slovakia.

For those that don’t know me I buggered off to Slovakia to meet my other half. No she wasn’t a lovely Slovak girl I met on some Eastern European Bride website, she is American and was working there as a teacher at the time. Five years later, getting close to the day, I left the UK to travel to be with her. We’re still together and she is said American I mentioned at the beginning. I travelled freely from Soho in London to Zilina in Slovakia. I had passport control from the French at Dover on the bus I was on and in 24 hours of the worst coach trip known to man my passport was only checked once – in Germany. In the middle of the night a bunch of German plain clothed police stopped and got on the bus and wanted to check all the passports. I held mine aloft as the guys wearing sunglasses and with badges hanging around their necks (yes, they’d clearly watched too many US films) worked the coach. When they got to me it was ” no, no, you are English, we do not need to see, you are cool”. That was it. As I travelled across mainland Europe I never saw a border post, I only ever knew what country I was in as of t-mobile texting me to say “welcome to Germany”, “welcome to The Netherlands” etc. For me, the EU and the free movement of people was bloody amazing.


Part 2 tomorrow.