I haven’t written a blog post for ages, the reason being that I’ve been feeling rotten for about a week. It all started last Wednesday. I was not feeling great and decided I needed to get out of the house and do some exercise so we cycled to Newton Dee. The effect of this was to make me feel even worse. I was obviously fighting a virus of some sort and ended up giving it the upper hand by wearing myself out. In the days since then I’ve produced a swimming pool’s worth, or thereabouts, of snot, and have been surviving from one ibuprofen fix to the next.
The kids are back at school this week and were not very happy about going back. I guess that means they’re normal. Daniel told me that he will continue going to school until he finishes primary school but after that he wants to do home school. I’m not sure who he’s expecting will teach him because I can’t do it. I asked him why and he said that high school is hard because, “I’ll need to be able to tell the time”. Now I feel like a bad parent for not teaching him how to tell the time, so we are in the process of rectifying this.
Over the last week I have started changing my mind about Brexit and am leaning towards voting to leave the EU. This might come as a bit of a shock and it’s possible I’ll change my mind again but here are my reasons:
- Did you know there’s a president of the EU? I didn’t. Can you tell me who it is without looking it up? I had to look it up on Wikipedia and apparently there are three: president of the European Council, president of the European Commission, and president of the European Parliament. Doesn’t it seem strange that people in other countries are making laws for us? It doesn’t matter that on the whole I largely agree with those laws; what if I didn’t?
- 40% of the EU budget goes on farm subsidies. We pay tax to rich land owners like Prince Charles. This is like something out of the middle ages when serfs paid the lord of the manor to work on their land. I also think this is contributing to keeping poor countries poor because there’s a barrier for them to trade their produce with the EU. And so probably it’s not helping the refugee crisis very much although I have no evidence for this. It’s just speculation.
- The EU got rid of the chief scientific advisor, Anne Glover. Why did they do that? Does this mean they’re no longer using scientific evidence as the basis for policy? This is something Tony Abbott would do.
- George Osborne gave his testimony about all the dreadful things that will happen if we leave the EU with about as much sincerity as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in their apology to Australian biosecurity:
I love that clip 🙂 You don’t get special treatment in Australia for being famous. Jack’s as good as his master.