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Wrote a thread a year ago in reply to a leave voter on why i changed my mind this is a more detailed journey to explain for anyone interested or from different walks of life
#peoplesvote #RemainerNow #labour #tory #LibDems #brexit
Born in Manchester 2 up 2 down early years in house demolished by council moved further out in another working class part of the city, lived on the streets for short time in the 80`s before living in a hostel getting a flat job and finally a home
I do not claim to be an expert and my English is not the best but i have decided to put my views for anyone interested in the time line that led up to me voting leave in the 2016 EU ref something that i later come to bitterly regret
Life was going along just fine my views on the EU were very positive
I travelled each year to Europe on holiday to different countries enjoyed the culture
I don`t remember having any conversations with fellow workers colleges about the EU it was never came up
It did not enter my head the only thing that may have heard about EU over the years was the crazy food mountains of years gone by and some daft rule about naming products
Sorry I tell a lie 2 that stick in my mind are when EU gave workers guaranteed holidays work then later bank holidays were added, roaming charges were scrapped which was great so only positive
At the time i had an understanding that some parts of the press were anti EU but thought they were the Looney lot
I had been working for the same company that I still work for today
So overall steady life no issue with EU
2008 financial crash happened, again no anti EU feeling watch Tory blame Labour but think most knew financial crisis was caused by subprime in US and light touch regulation created the mess. If you really look at it you could go back to the big bang
Thatcherism in UK Reagonomics in USA light touch let the markets be free. Anyone old enough will remember comedy changed at this point and the ever famous Loads of Money “wave my wad at the geezer in the gutter” so you can keep going back blaming but it happened.
2008 2009
Remember the company I worked for suddenly put a sharp restriction on spending until things calmed down, I was very lucky at this point I worked in a recession proof industry so was protected from the risk of losing my job or home others were not so lucky.
Had the feeling the long run of Labour was coming to an end this did give me some concern but was glad to see the great British public had not given the Torys a land slide to do what they wanted.
Memories must live long and deep
Again no ill feeling towards EU This period is put together it was the first time in years started to feel something was wrong in the country I am sure I was not alone we had gone though the financial crash and the average Joe Bloggs suffered most.
3 Major things happened here I saw the government come up with austerity “The Big Society”
“We are all in it together” it meant massive cuts to public services and a huge squeeze on benefits
This effected the poorest `1st
Secondly both in the US and here the very people who caused the financial crisis the banks were getting off scot free I think only Iceland ever imprisoned or punished the people who nearly took down the financial system for greed
The 3rd and less understood Quantative Easing when both the US UK and others started to print money they decided to buy bonds this pushed up stock markets around the world allowing the very wealthy to recover their losses and made the difference between rich and poor worse.
There was no QE for the poor
This is the first time I started to see the cuts and the effects in my area started feeling we were being punished for the folly of others and I was not alone

#peoplesvote #RemainerNow #Labour #Tory #LibDems #Brexit
Started seeing some give up their homes with bed tax
Young people could no longer get council flats
Started talking to a lot more people on zero hours contracts a proper poverty trap device
Could not buy a house wage change weekly creating right mess for some
I remember getting ill which was rare rang up see GP told it be over a week, could not believe it
”Its like that all the time now” i was told
Then at work The permanent workers had their contracts changed taking huge cuts.
This was followed by agency workers used with even less rights than we.
Most were EU workers and this happened not just where I worked but in other factories as well
I remember a few lads in others jobs being told “if you don`t like we can employ plenty more” insecurity for your job and family was growing
This year was so important looking back all these changes were happening The tipping point was coming.
#labou #tory #LibDems
Austerity was squeezing public services and benefits, companies were using zero hours the influx of low skilled workers was adding to this feeling of insecurity, the make up at worked had changed office management had not changed but the bottom end had changed drastically
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