Hello Dear Reader,
A bit of politics, feel free to stop reading and come back tomorrow when it’s just thrift)
So there we are, the people have spoken and have chosen to leave the EU. That’s democracy and the will of the people. You’ve left messages of concern about our future in France and I thought I’d try to answer as best I can in one hit.
We don’t know the future. I can guess what won’t happen. I don’t think the Dutch, the Germans, or the Spanish are going to throw people out of their homes and repatriate them. Or at least, I hope not.
It’s a question of global economics I suppose. In difficult times, when ordinary people are struggling to get by it’s easy to blame immigration, numbers of people and feel a genuine concern about over crowding. Schools have children who can’t speak English, Latvian builders are cheaper than locals, no one can get social housing, rents are higher than wages, the roads are so full with cars they’re little more than car parks!
Politicians don’t have any trust, I certainly don’t have a lot of trust in them but instead of people turning on the people who are stitching us up, they find someone easier to blame. In these difficult times, political unrest by its nature creates economic unrest so things will more than likely get worse before they get better. If they get worse, the blame on immigrants could get worse.
Let’s face it, leaving the EU will not get your choice of schools, magic up more school places, build more hospitals, improve the roads, reduce train fares, make homes affordable, get you a mortgage, remove university fees, get you a doctors appointment, get an NHS dentist or reduce prices in the shops. Even without the current payments to the EU, I don’t trust a government not to use the money they would have handed over to the EU to be used for tax cuts, continued austerity and maybe even bolstering the coffers to compensate for the reduction in revenue. If nothing gets better and there is no investment in the NHS, education and social infrastructure then the lack of community cohesion could call for charging non-nationals for health, education, visas and require greater supervision instead of integration then other EU countries could follow suit. That tit for tat, you’ve made our folk have work visas and pay for healthcare so your nationals have to do so here.
We are ten years off moving to France. I’m sure there will be a way whether we live there under a visa system or have the right to live there but have no other rights such as being able to vote in local elections. France, like the UK could become more right wing and when that happens then what ever you do, don’t be old, or disabled, or an immigrant or poor as everyone else will think it’s your fault when the roads have potholes! (Not making sweeping statements but we all know that sadly they media love to stir up hatred as it sells papers!)
Politics has been shaken this week and rightly so as it needed shaking. I hope expats in mainland Europe will be ok and I hope my lovely Polish dentist and her colleagues keep my teeth in good order for years to come, that the Italians keep serving us amazing coffee and the French chefs keep feeding us. (Just as an example of how our fellow Europeans with free access to live and work across Europe.)
Thanks for your comments and concerns, all we can do is adapt as our new world unravels.
Tomorrow, back to thrift and this is my last word on the matter xxx
Love Froogs xxxx