"Voting for Brexit demonstrates a frightening lack of imagination"by Tom Streithorst / June 20, 2016 / Leave a comment
Conservatives are supposed to appreciate the status quo. It’s the radicals on the left who want to tear things down. Edmund Burke, the grandfather of modern conservative thought, taught us to recognize the value of that which already exists. Jacobins and Bolsheviks are willing to destroy the established order in the hopes of creating the perfect society. Burke was wiser than that. You don’t just tear down an edifice because you notice some imperfections. It could well be replaced by something worse.
Neither you nor I know what will happen if Britain leaves the European Union on 23rd June. Perhaps it will all work out brilliantly. We will continue to trade happily with Europe, a manageable number of immigrants will come to our shores, Spaniards will still let us live in Malaga, the French will still let us work in Paris. Or maybe not.
Remember when Tony Blair and George Bush lobbied for the invasion of Iraq? They promised a new democratic and moderate Middle East. The occupation would pay for itself. Streets in Baghdad would be renamed Tony. Saddam was a tyrant; anything that replaced him would certainly be better.