I’m backing Britain in the forthcoming European Union referendum.
I’m backing Britain to be the liberal, tolerant country that I’m proud of.
A Britain that is forward thinking, progressive and dynamic.
A Britain that judges people on what they contribute, not where they are born, the colour of their skin, gender, sexuality or any disability.
A Britain where a free press reports with impartiality and challenges those in authority as opposed to a handful of press barons having power over the Government.
A Britain that closes tax havens and is tough on tax evasion rather than paying lip service to the issue
A Britain that supports and protects those who need help rather than labelling them “scroungers”
A Britain that has a welfare system that is fair to all and cannot be taken advantage of
A Britain that offers the same safe harbour to those fleeing war and oppression as our previous generations had provided to those escaping Nazism.
A Britain that accepts that the fallen heroes of our grandparents’ generation died defeating Nazism rather than “Europe”
A Britain that has enjoyed the longest continuous period of peace with other European countries in its existence.
A Britain that learns from history in so much as Nationalism is not the solution and distinguishes between Nationalism and “National Pride”
A Britain that is made all the more interesting by the varied backgrounds of all the people that live in this country.
A Britain that has a strong flourishing economy, based on the contribution of all of the people that live here, an economy that takes strength from trading on a level playing field with our European partners
A Britain with a National Health Service that is the envy of the World but is over stretched due to under investment over successive generations and a country whose population is thankfully living longer owing to a general improvement in National Health rather than just blaming immigrants, without whom the service would not be able to operate.
A Britain whose citizens have the same freedom of movement to work and travel around the Continent as citizens from other European countries.
A Britain whose people have the same rights and protection as other European people.
A Britain that enjoys the same low cost air travel, reduction in mobile phone charges and credit card charges that all European countries benefit from.
A Britain where Nigel Farage goes back to being a golf club bore, Boris Johnson returns to being an affable buffoon on panel shows and they stop poisoning the country with dangerous divisive rhetoric.
A United Kingdom that celebrates all regions of the nation and is a leader in Europe because of its strength and not Little England isolated from the Rest of the World.
That is the Britain that I am backing in the referendum, a nation I am proud of. I want MY Britain back.