George Carlin once said “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large group’s “ and I think that statement is applicable to some extent during the referendum in the UK. My mother for one! I love her to bits but we do have very contrasting ethical ideologies. I’m not suggesting that I’m better than her in anyway but my mother does see things in a very black and white way. In the sense that she considers a monochromatic society, predominantly white as a more favourable colour. She isn’t overtly racist but she hails from a generation that considers racially motivated segregation a rather acceptable means of living, and there is always a slight introverted sense of unease whenever she sees someone of colour or discernible creed. It’s rather indicative of the region I live in really. Even someone with a tan is treated with a great deal of suspicion and the EU referendum has only heightened these prejudices in my opinion. Now it’s not just race but nationality too. It’s a tension that has been permeating long before the referendum with many British citizens taking umbrage to the number of refugees and illegal immigrants seeking refuge in the UK. I’ll admit that this is a serious issue that hasn’t been dealt with with the due diligence it deserves. And because of such issues the government had no choice but to declare a national referendum for the British people to vote on. So the votes are in and Britain is out! Great. What we’ve done in my opinion is isolated ourselves from an entire continent. We’ve declared ourselves a sovereign state that refuses to acknowledge that there are other countries that are struggling to supply the necessary resources to sustain a populace. The trouble now is that though the vote was in favour of leaving the EU, it was hardly a unanimous victory.
The result was 52-48 in favour of leaving. Now that sounds less like democracy and more like division and probably confusion? Both parties have wasted more time discussing why the other opponents are wrong, devaluing human life and fabricating statistical figures to coerce voters rather than presenting actual, legitimate facts to voters who probably had no idea of the implications of what they were voting for! I’m not going to pretend that I comprehend what the economical repercussions of leaving are going to be long term, I do however know that the foreseeable future is hazy at best. The entire campaign though has been completely undermined by hate. Hate that sadly resulted in the death of Jo Cox, a member of parliament by an extremist supporter of the leave campaign. This is a nation splintered by intolerance with a constituency that has to mobilise resources into a referendum half the parliament as well as the country didn’t want. But what concerns me most is that people supported Nigel Farage. If you’re unaware of this cretinous bigot, imagine if Donald Trump owned a pet snake that feeds on the misery of any ethnicity that isn’t “White British” and that should give you some indication of this serpent. It’s baffling to me that people felt compelled or even encouraged to deliberately vote for him?! He uses manipulation, discordance and racial discrimination to legislate his causes as if they were tools in a workshop! I couldn’t trust him anymore than I’d trust a banker with his hand in my wallet! I can’t shake the feeling that he and his campaign was conditioned with the intent on inciting small minded communities that see diversity as some sort of threat. Everything else besides “immigration”, including sense and reason is just white noise and believe that this is fair justification to leave?
Now I’m sure there were millions of people who voted to leave the EU based on facts, research and the belief that we as a country can be stronger. And no one can judge you rightly or wrongly for that. But any campaign that promotes such an intolerant discrimination and deliberately or accidentally believes that foreigners or immigrants or whatever derivative of colonised prejudice you wish to call it is the fundamental problem in our country is not a cause I’m willing to advocate. I’d like to believe that the British people didn’t vote because of discriminatory reasons and in all honesty it’s time to be magnanimous in defeat, discover some kind of solidarity and stabilisation. There’s a lot of anger, discourse and general confusion circulating around at the moment and it’s worrying for all concerned. But out of change comes opportunity. We have to be unified if we are to stabilise this nation and hope that my trepidation’s are unfounded and that racism wasn’t the influencing consideration for voters choices.