My audience is global, so apologies, this is a UK thing – however I do think think it’s an event of global significance. Sorry I’ve not been posting here, but other priorities had taken over, and been unwell.
I don’t usually fund these kinds of things, or share them, as I generally don’t have much spare money and I figure people know what causes they want to support.
(For those of you who don’t know, Boris Johnson’s Conservative party won the general election on 12-Dec-2019 by a huge majority. The leave Europe Brexit bill was passed before Christmas, and UK will be leaving Europe on 31-Jan-2020, into transition period for trade talks, with UK totally left on 31-Dec-2020, provided things go according to plan)
I didn’t vote in the 2016 UK Brexit referendum (probably would have voted to stay in Europe, had I voted). Nearly 4 years has gone by, and the bickering has been utterly abhorrent, and caused me to struggle seriously financially (the pound dropped by 20% on foreign exchange when Brexit leave was announced, and I’m overseas – as an example of just one of the problems I’ve personally faced). The whole mess was an utter farce, and many people should be ashamed of themselves for not respecting a democratic vote, a leave Brexit by a majority, is what people wanted and what they voted for – so it should have been delivered, promptly, as was promised by all and without fuss.
Anyway, after some conversations with friends, and research into what’s been happening in UK under the rule by unelected European leaders, well, I’ve changed my mind. I’m a late to the game as a now Brexit leave supporter, but I think it’s best for UK, and the rest of the world.
The “bonging” of the Big Ben clock is symbolic of the people’s win in upholding democracy, after a nearly 4 year battle. I think the message carries more weight because we, the mostly “silent” moderate majority, have put our own money in for Big Ben clock to bong on 31-Jan-2020 @ 23:00 UK time, and not the government funding it. It also sends a message to democracy deniers, corrupt politicians and nefarious others, that we won’t stand for that anymore.
Also, after 40 years in Europe, leaving is a VERY big step for the UK, it’s an extremely historically significant event, globally. Big Ben is a world wide known icon of UK culture, standing and dominating London skyline since 1859.
So, if you’re able to chip in something, that’s great. Fully understand if it’s not right for you, you can’t afford it or you don’t care. More just spreading the word, trying to keep this post as least political as I can, in these very political times.
They have raised over £100000 in 24 hours, and, its kind of urgent, as they need to raise £500000 “by this weekend” (it’s only a couple of weeks before the event 31-Jan-2020)
For transparency I’ve donated £10 :
Hope this message finds you well, and that 2020 will be a prosperous and happy year for all of us.
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