Okay Look – Sophiroth, Pk, Stepdown et al…..
Im going to ‘open the robe’ here so to speak, so pls allow me a self-indulgent post about myself☺…..and Ill try to be as honest , non-petulant (that’s a fair accusation from Blah Blah!), and conciliatory
I think that each of your responses to my longer post yesterday are all reasonable and deserve a response/proper engagement from me. As I’ve admitted to a number of times, I have shied away from actually focussing on the issues too much,
as I have clearly felt that the tone of these threads was not conducive to an open discussion. I have, in the past, engaged extensively on the EDF, and previously posted reams about why I voted the way I did; and have been burned somewhat by what I perceived
as dogmatic, snide, aggressive, mis-representing responses – so hence my more recent posts which have focussed on ‘decorum and respect’ moreso than anything else.
As a brief summary for context - I was totally neutral prior to the vote. I did a lot of my own research (including reading 2 of the detailed economic reports – IMF and PwC – from cover to cover). It was a difficult decision with many
moving parts, and I came down on the side of Leave. In no way do I believe that Brexit is the panacea for all that ails us, and in no way do I think trade deals will be ‘easy’, or quick to establish. But it’s the decision I made with as much information as
I was practically able to digest at the time (and my decision had nothing to do with what was written on the side of some bus). So I do take some issue when I see the most common comments from remain voters assuming why leavers voted to leave (let’s be honest,
they’re usually less than complimentary!), as they are usually WAY off base as to why I did. Yes, Im aware that there were some unsavoury types who also voted to leave, that doesn’t mean I endorse the reasons they voted to Leave – I had my own reasons and
frankly, I don’t care what other people’s were.
So, to one of sephiroth’s points - yes I do fancy myself – I fancy myself as something of an advocate for objectivity and balance. Without going into details – my career is based on dispassionate assessment of various factors and forming
a conclusion. And in my experience, for complex issues such as this I think it is extremely rare (nigh on impossible) that one option is ALL GOOD and one option is ALL BAD. SO again, I do get frustrated when I see remain voters often refusing to concede that
there is ANYTHING potentially positive about Brexit. It’s just seems to me to be willful obstinance.
So, Sephirtoh, of course I worry about the implementation of Brexit. It comes with significant risk, and I’ve never denied that. Anyone who doesnt worry at least a little are probably ignorant or foolish (and some leavers on the EDF don’t
help themselves with some of their comments I’ll admit!) Yes, I do worry about the government we have now and the way things will pan out (lets remember that at the time of the vote Cameron and Osbourne were in power – and no matter what you thought of their
politics they were not incompetent, and it was this administration I expected (perhaps naively) to lead the subsequent process).
I’ve been asked on this forum so many times exactly what my ‘picture’ of Brexit looked like when I voted. The answer is that I didn’t have one – I voted to leave on various principles with as much information on process/sturtcure as I felt
was prudent at the time (and trusted that a reasonable government would be able to decide the best roadmap for implementation of that broad decision). You may disagree with that approach, that’s fine, I can see why Remaining was also a very attractive option
for wholly different reasons.
So we can talk about EU trade talk options now if you like….and I say with genuine conviction, let’s disagree, I’ve absolutely no problem with disagreement. But not every post has to refute or discredit absolutely everything being responding
to. I acknowledge that the idea if a ‘frictionless’ transition is an absolute pipedream, so there’s no need to convince me of that, im personally interested in what the potential positive and negative risks of various options may be....
As a starting point…..does the UK have an opportunity to accelerate development of its tech sector dependent on the rules the trade talks come up with?