Raving Brexiteers

It has been nearly four months since the Brexit vote split the country in two, with a tiny margin of leavers gaining the upper hand. It will lead the country on a path to leaving the European Union as soon as Article 50 is triggered, which is likely to be in the first quarter of 2017 according to current comments from Prime Minister Theresa May.

But while one half of country continues to rejoice at the possibility of separation followed by divorce from our continental counterparts, the voices of approximately the same number of people whose opinion was to stay remains tightly silenced by the malicious press and the shenanigans of government ministers who have little or no idea about what they wish to achieve and how.

The result is to leave the population in a state of paralysis while banks important to the economic advantage of London are expressing their desire to relocate to mainland Europe. Sordid running commentaries on the part of certain segments of the press are wholly hostile to anyone expressing positive sentiment concerning refugees or in talking about diversity and equality in society. It seems no one can escape the fury unleashed by the leaver’s campaign and its aftermath.

At the time, the 2012 London Olympics were characterised as a worldwide exhibition of diversity and inclusiveness, with London at its centre. All of that is a distant memory now, forgotten in the schemes of various actors whose motivations are entirely individual and utterly selfish. Brexit has exposed levels of deep racism and intolerance that were held firmly in check by an informal politically-correct consensus adhered to by many who would otherwise be minded to negatively reflect their true opinions on the issues of differences in society and how we incorporate them into a greater whole. However, one cannot rest the finger of blame entirely on people being unable to formulate an objective opinion on matters. The external impact of populist discourses that have shifted the narrative and how we define the space in which such topics are discussed and policies formulated are a more pressing concern. It reflects a worrying concern about patterns of social cohesion or otherwise.

With lingering impacts on the economy and questions in relation to immigration that remain unanswered, the future is likely to create even more uncertainty and therefore an inward-looking dynamic that seeks to protect interests rather than some collective notion in relation to national identity. While all of these issues are well documented and remain important topics on the minds of the chattering classes, as it were, the real problem is that there is no political direction, strategy or plan. If Brexit Unleashed the Dragon as I stated in an another post, what is clear now is that this monster has no head and certainly no soul and probably no heart, too.

2 thoughts on “Raving Brexiteers

  1. One quite clever aspect of the referendum campaign was to restrict campaigning to two lobbies – both representing corporate and political elites, each stating their case for leave or remain. There was therefore no campaign for what one might call a people’s argument for Remain. The only really popular campaign was populist and racist.
    As someone who ardently wishes to stay in the EU I thought I could make a better case for Leave than any I heard in the run-up to the referendum.
    Margaret Thatcher tried to ensure that any benefits of EU membership to ordinary working people were kept to a minimum or eliminated altogether. Gradually some of the benefits were restored and many others remained unrecognised in public discourse.
    To some extent the EU and its social policies held class warfare in check – maintaining the deeply unequal truce that used to be the role of the Labour Party. So I think what protections the EU provides will be swept away, leaving ordinary citizens exposed and unsupported.
    I don’t believe all sections to the corporate elite actually want this – but they were too busy (and in bad company) protecting their own interests, thus keeping the campaign narrowly focused and leaving the ‘popular’ field to UKIP, the Daily Mail, Sun and the Express. The BBC, as usual, only debated the elite agenda and just couldn’t resist the ‘news value’ of Farage’s appearances and statements.
    But it didn’t all happen overnight for campaigns such as those run by the right to gain popular traction. Of course not all people who voted Brexit were racists – but all racists voted for Brexit and now believe they have a fair wind, with a much larger section of the public supporting their odious views than they ever thought possible.
    The leading brexiteers in government haven’t a clue what to do and will become increasingly confused. Our real concern should be for when it all comes apart and the public see the extent to which they have been deceived. No doubt every effort will be made to blame immigrants.
    Nearly half of those who voted wanted to stay – but will they have the backbone and institutional base to make a difference, perhaps to ensure that things get worse more slowly?
    Had the leavers lost on the margin by which they won would they be silent? I think they would be fully mobilised making demands for a re-run on a daily basis. …. and wall to wall Farage on TV.

  2. The campaign of Brexit was mainly focusing on slogans and the ignorance of ordinary people. It was designed to feed more ignorance into the uninformed and undecided voters that what they are hearing from the Brexit were simply solid facts…Inflation is setting in, the value of sterling is down, prices are up and these are just the taste, in my estimate, of what is to come in this uncharted journey!!

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