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Britain votes to leave European Union

Britian leaves EU
Britons' vote result on the 24th June 2016 is to leave the European Union. Whilst I may personally agree with the vote result, it is more pleasing that a government headed by David Cameron and who is against the idea of leaving the European Union agrees with the referendum result and calls for it to be heeded and respected - and to "make it work" - a message to his successor given he will resign in a few months. It is true that his position has become untenable given his desire to remain in the EU. This is not a victory of one side over another, especially given the result, it is a result for what the majority of people want and that is all you can ask for.

I hope that the parliament does not try to walk around the leave vote and try and maintain ties with the EU for goods, people, services and capital (single market), as these are what people voted to leave for - the conditions imposed on them by EU membership.

David Cameron is to be applauded and personally I think it is a shame to see him go. Whatever happens now, the majority cannot complain as the result is what they asked for.

Governments nose where it's not wanted

Why meta data matters
I know governments think they have the right to do whatever they want whenever they want. But really - capturing my metadata and other Mr Nosey things sucks big time. Quite frankly I don't do anything wrong so why are you looking at me? Your time would be better spent doing real police work, instead of collecting idiotic tweets and other junk. Besides, I'm no social media butterfly, you won't find me there. My email is hosted by myself so you don't get that. I use Threema or Apple iMessage for messages so you can't get those. I use a VPN when I browse the net. So what are you really capturing about me? Surely that money is better spent on teachers, police and other useful things that we really do need, not to mention the fact that criminals will just get around it - thats right - they will do or use something else. It just won't work. Dumb criminals will always get caught but you don't need data retention to do that.

I also noticed that according to Article 12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that I should not arbitrarily have my privacy interfered with. Is Australia a signatory to this document? Yes. So WTF are we doing Mr Government?