Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Socrates and Brexit



It's a little bit like when small children keep on asking "why?". It is perhaps a little bit more sophisticated. I'm currently posing a series of questions on my Twitter feed which also send them over to Facebook. Look out for them. Get involved.

I asked the other day about how exactly leaving the EU would benefit our children and grandchildren. I received no convincing answer. Soon there was quite an argument between Brexit supporters and Remainers. Both sides were talking with emotions and few used verifiable facts.
There were some opinions, and these are fine, either way. Many of the claims on both sides, however, were not backed up with critical evidence. 

I still feel duty-bound to persuade people Brexit is wrong. I find the Socrative method useful.
It's a matter of using open questions:
Why is Brexit good for our children and grandchildren?
How is trading with bigger countries better that trading with those close by?
What do you understand by Brexit?
What is it you dislike about the EU?
How have we lost our sovereignty to the EU?
So, what is the role of the Euro MP?     
How could the EU be reformed to make it work better?
How does leaving the EU make our borders safer?
How does leaving the EU help us to avoid food banks and homelessness?
What are the advantages of Brexit?

Of course, you must be able to answer the same questions about Remain. How confident are you about giving a well-reasoned, critically informed response to the following?
Why is remaining in the EU good for our children and grandchildren?
How is trading with bigger countries better that trading with those close by?
What do you understand by the EU?
What is it you dislike about Brexit?
How can we retain sovereignty and remain in the EU?
So, what is the role of the Euro MP?     
How could the EU be reformed to make it work better?
How does remaining in the EU impact on our borders?  
How does remaining in the EU help us to avoid food banks and homelessness?
What are the advantages of staying in the EU?

Now the kiddies' version.

Why is Brexit good for me?
Because we can make trade arrangements with bigger countries.
Why is it better to trade with bigger countries?
Because they have more to offer.
What do they have to offer that we can't get here?
Gas, oil, cheaper clothes.
Why are the clothes cheaper in bigger countries?
Because they can make them cheaper.
How do they make them cheaper?



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