May Bows out Wet as Botham Steps Into Brexit Campaign!

Posted on May 31, 2016

At the bottom this page you will see a video created with my own fair hand showing a picture from each day of the wonderful month of May, probably my favourite month of the year in Hampshire as it is a time when everything bursts into life.

I do these little things for my own pleasure and my dad likes them as well as he doesn’t get out so much these days. However, feel free to enjoy it if you wish but if you are not interested, my feelings will remain intact and generally unhurt.

Of course the main reason I get out a lot is because I have a dog and I am thankful for that because it helps me avoid some of the madness surrounding the forthcoming EU referendum and the utter fuckwitts involved in it.

Firstly, there shouldn’t be a referendum at all, because 95% of British people are not educated enough, or do not have the time to even begin to understand the geopolitics and the fiscal procedures of EU membership; we vote governments into power to make these decisions on our behalf.

Secondly, now we have to vote, are we that stupid that we are going to put our trust in Nigel Farage, Iain Duncan-Smith, Chris Grayling, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, all of whom have the backing of Michael Caine, Barbara Windsor, Donald Trump and Jim Davidson?

The Brexit campaign is led and supported by fuckwitt upon fuckwitt, yet, somehow, it is gathering pace, despite any known financial or geopolitical gain and the fact that every sensible independent study suggests years of financial instability by exiting.

Now a boy’s own hero is lending his weight to the Brexit cause. Yes that right, Sir Ian Botham has stepped in to offer his vast knowledge of EU economics, immigration and geopolitics, to the Brexit cause.

Ian Botham seems decent enough bloke, anyone who slays Australian’s to all corners of a cricket ground is worthy of a slap on the back, especially as he did it as a comprehensive boy in a sport dominated by an old boy’s network. However, that was 35 years ago and I am struggling to find any coherent argument that suggests his achievements have any relevance to our membership or withdrawal from the European Union.


A Beefy Brexit: Great cricketer, dubious EU expert?

Botham is entitled to his opinion of course but I am guessing that if he went on Mastermind with the EU as his specialist chosen subject, it would be more or less certain that John Humphrys would soon be saying, “Ian Botham, you answered 27 questions on the EU, all of them incorrectly.”

If a Brexit were to happen, there would be a right-wing conservative revolt that would more than likely see David Cameron thrown out of his party within days via a vote of no confidence, with Boris Johnson taking up the role of PM with Gove and IDS on his front bench.

It would then be their role in Government to begin to tie-up trade deals with EU members they have just slapped in the face; good luck with that chaps. David Cameron’s talk of WWIII was irresponsible and misguided but I can see where he is coming from as well as the threat to national security by becoming an isolated right-wing state.

A nation that becomes isolated and beset with financial turmoil is a dangerous one where right-wing leaders turn on other nations and races to blame them for their hardship as a way of galvanising nationalist support from its frustrated subjects.

You can witness it happening in the USA right now and some of you may remember from your history books or tales from your parents or grandparents about a certain isolated European country that took a nationalist stance in the 1930’s.

I can’t remember the bloke’s name, Adolf or something like that…

All these ‘Man in the pub’ politicians, actors and sports stars, are trapped in the type of regressive mind-set that makes them think that we can return to a golden era that didn’t ever exist; any decent historian will tell you that it is in the British DNA to reminisce through rose tinted glasses and as comforting as it seems, it doesn’t get you anywhere.

I think it is time to be a progressive nation, not a regressive one; the EU is beset with problems but I fear that these would soon seem miniscule if we bailed out on our neighbours and embarked on a campaign to be little Englander’s.

Enjoy the video; I think it is rather nice, the music is provided by The Lightning Seeds.



3 Replies to "May Bows out Wet as Botham Steps Into Brexit Campaign!"

  • stewart withey
    May 31, 2016 (7:25 pm)

    Well said Bob but its to late the lunatics have there tanks parked on the lawn and are ready to take over the asylum.

  • Nick
    May 31, 2016 (8:24 pm)

    Excellent blog Bob. Is anyone actually surprised that Botham has joined the alliance of the far right?

    I have faith in the British public and so do the bookies (

    So no complacency, let’s get everyone out to vote and put an end to this lunacy.

    And then there needs to be a reckoning. Despite being on ‘our side’ of the argument, don’t forget it was Cameron who started this game of high stakes russian roulette in the first place by promising a referendum to appease the extremists within his own party and UKIP.

  • Trevor Hickman
    June 1, 2016 (12:28 am)

    Great post Bob. Good slide show too. Love that Lightning Seeds track – although sadly it is indelibly etched in my memory as MOTD goal of the month.

    My worry with the whole referendum is that while there have been undoubted benefits of EU membership, it comes down to this; If the UK stays in the EU the rich get richer and the poor get poorer whereas if the UK exits the EU the rich get even richer and the poor get even poorer (but with a scary shift to the extreme right).

    I’m just glad I’m 10,000 miles away from it all – it sounds like it’s a train wreck waiting to happen!

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