The musician and composer, Howard Goodall, has written a very instructive piece with the above title. As most of it is factually indisputable, it makes for an uncomfortable read.
A few weeks ago I had an encounter with a man at a currency exchange desk at Heathrow airport and tweeted the conversation thus:
“Nice bloke at Heathrow currency exchange desk asks whether Brexit will be good for my industry. When I said no, disastrous, he said he asks everyone the same question: and Every. Single. Person gives the same answer. But a bunch of Old Etonian conmen think they know better.” *
It is my most read tweet ever (8500+ retweets, 18500+ likes and 1.67m impressions). One of the responses was from Tory MP, Nadine Dorries who asked, courteously, why Brexit would be disastrous for my line of work. This is my answer.
Aside from the fact that he fails to make the point that Brexiter Dorries, if she’d thought about it at all, should not have had to ask with such incredulity why Brexit would be disastrous, and one or two other niggles, I think it is well worth reading in its entirety. If you’re pushed for time, it is basically yet another instance of Brexit self harm.
The most important paragraph is probably this one:
[The UK] is the second biggest provider of music to the world after the USA. Music is of enormous benefit to us as a country. That is a fact, not an opinion. Nor is it special pleading. For a modern, developed country to deliberately, willfully strangle one of its lead exporters is bordering on insane. Indeed, the Creative Industries as a whole are the fastest-growing sector in our economy, worth last year just under £100bn to our national coffers (to put that in context, in 2016 the NHS cost us £115bn).
So Brexit puts useless barriers in the way of a prosperous export industry.
And we do not have too many of those.
Howard Goodall may be a musician – but I’m not at all surprised he’s shouting.
* As a concluding note on old Etonian conmen; you can help fund a private prosecution against one member in particular of the Brexit politicians, who knowingly and repeatedly lied about UK spending on EU membership and whose actions can thus be considered to constitute grounds for a criminal prosecution.