We all feel the urge to condemn ourselves out of guilt, to blame others for our misfortunes and to fantasize about total disaster – Deepak Chopra
Children, children wont someone please think of the children! The world economy is going to go down the pan, complete fiscal meltdown, as you can no doubt see by the state of the stock markets at their highest ever levels, no chocolate coins in any ones stocking, Mcdonalds will run out of Mcnuggets, unemployment levels are only going to be matched by the increase in rampant racism with the BNP being in power by 2020 and Larry the cat has lost his family.
All thanks to Brexit, and all thanks to me and 17 million others that voted for it. Selfish we are. Selfish and stupid. Selfish, stupid and racist actually. Add a splash of Xenophobic and a dash of Little Englander to that too while you are at it.
Don’t know why we were allowed to vote in the first place, plebs that we are. It’s an affront to democracy that we given the privilege of being able to put an X in a box. Christ knows I’m surprised I managed to spell “X”, such is my obvious lack of two functional brain cells.
Brexit for many is a travesty of almost apocalyptic proportions. And according to those that are in a state of mourning over the whole thing, the blame lays squarely with those that voted for it.
Well, I don’t actually think there is anything to “blame” people for. The world is still spinning, markets are still functioning, you dear reader are still very much alive, The KKK are not instigating public floggings of anyone a darker shade than milk and Justin Bieber is still a knob. Everything is as it should be – however if you really must play the blame game, I think we need to look away from the actual voters, as that was a symptom, not a cause.
We could cast our eye on the fact that during the referendum (and after), the Leave campaign was deplored as the one pitching about irrational fears of an actually fantastic political union. Supposedly wholly latching on to Xenophobic leanings of an uneducated electorate. Yet if that is so, then lets ask why the remain side could not, or would not campaign based upon a message of hope within the EU. A message of positivism that not only showed any fears of the EU to be patently false but the benefits of remaining being the message, not the threat of leaving.
Why didn’t they talk up the supposed benefits of EU membership repeatedly and regularly throughout the campaign? I can count on one hand the media messages that were of a positive nature. The remain campaign was based on smashing the electorate with financial and personal insecurities. Painting the UK as some kind of third world backwater in the event of Brexit. It wholeheartedly deserved it “project fear” moniker.
The trouble was that project fear was used in the Scottish referendum and the 2015 General election too. If you go to a well too often, don’t be surprised when it runs dry. But my original question remains. if the EU is so fantastic for us, why couldn’t our biggest politicians convince us of that?
Lets ask why everything concerning the EU’s direction had to be so secretive and hidden. The EU is ultimately heading for a complete union of its member states. That is one of its aims. Yet to discuss that here, Europhiles and politicians flat out deny it. Only to be rumbled a year or so later when the wheels of the EU continue to turn ever slowly on.
A couple of small examples. A few years ago, you may remember a debate between Nick Clegg and a relatively unknown Nigel Farage on the subject of an even more unknown EU. Within this debate two things happened of note, that would ultimately influence Brexit to a degree.
First and foremost Clegg denied that the EU was heading for a union of military forces. His exact words were
“This is a dangerous fantasy. The idea that there’s going to be a European air force, a European army, it is simply not true.” – Nick Clegg, 2 April 2014
Yet this was almost instantly proven to be false by historical statements from Jean Claude Junker and other senior EU figures calling for exactly that. This and other evidence was again disclosed in the referendum by the Leave campaign, insinuating the EUs aims were being hidden from us. By the way, Farage was entirely correct. The aim of an EU army has also now been proven due to whitepapers unveiled by Germany.
The second thing that happened in this debate, was that Clegg was soundly beaten by Farage and it put Nigel, UKIP and the EU in the minds of the electorate and importantly, all of the media, in a much bigger way than before. It’s fair to say the majority of people didn’t have much of an interest in the EU before UKIP started to gain traction, and without the rise of UKIP there is no question we wouldn’t have had the referendum in the first place.
Then there are things like TTIP, a trade deal being thrashed out behind closed doors, which eventually inevitably leaked documents, prove to be just as bad as everyone feared despite claims to contrary.
These are just two small examples, but if the Europhile politicians are constantly showed to be lying and hiding things about the EU, why in gods name should the public have trusted anything they uttered during the referendum campaign – that’s on top of the trust they have eroded through their own lies at elections and through their expense receipts. If the EUs ultimate direction is so great, so fantastic, why the need to hide and obscure it so much. Why couldn’t a union of states be pitched as a good thing if it actually is?
Also, concern over uncontrolled immigration is very much a thing. A lot of people don’t like too much of it. I’m sorry if that troubles any Greens, Corbynites or any of my fellow friends in the London media. If that makes you splutter into your afternoon kale juice, I apologise. But that is the truth of the matter.
Lets not get into the pros and cons of immigration here, but look at the fact we knew it was a concern for a lot of people. Lets suppose for sheer arguments sake that it was only the 3 million UKIP voters with immigration concerns, no one else in the UK cared. Because, you know, immigration concern is apparently racist and no one wants to be called racist etc.
Then lets suppose only half of those had legitimate concerns, enough to make them vote Leave over any other factor. That is still a huge number of people. Enough to swing a referendum vote actually, and let’s face it, I’m being stupidly generous with those numberwang figures.
What are those people to do, when a Tory government promises to bring immigration down to “the tens of thousands”. Then over a 6 year period is proven to be talking absolute bollocks, and actually its a city the size of Coventry every single year? Then the PM asks to be re-elected again, on a cast iron promise to renegotiate terms with the EU, promising reforms including immigration control. He comes back with a deal no-one can even remember what it was without searching Google, because it was that piss poor. Why did they lie over immigration so much, why not admit nothing could be done about free movement but display positives and a concrete argument for it?
Remain did at least try the “reform the EU” angle I suppose, but no-one was going to believe that it was possible given Cameron had just tried, and come back with a piece of paper promising a deal worth half a penny, some brass buttons and a tuft of lint. Why didn’t the EU try to do more. To look at the growing cries not just from the UK but from parts of France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands and other EU states and decide that some decent pan EU reforms were possible and needed?
What about the last 3 Prime Ministers repeatedly promising referendums on the EU and not delivering any of them over a period spanning 18 years? Imagine all those voters that voted for those governments on the basis of a referendum and their eventual reaction when finally they are given the chance.
Are you going to risk voting remain if you know from past experience that the chances of you getting another shot once the politicians promise on the EU turn out to be false again are smaller than a fleas bobble hat? Of course not. You will take this one chance because you won’t get another.
No look, this has gone on far enough. If you want someone to blame for Brexit, if you really want to blame anyone, then you need to look at the piss poor leadership of those in power over the past two decades and the rod they made for their Brexit back.
Then a cursory glance at the absolute shower of a campaign that Remain led wont go amiss. The dire campaign where those beacons of optimism Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Micheal bloody Gove managed to convey a message of coherency and positivity better than the opposing side.
Once you have done looking there, spare a thought for the fact that neither the EU, nor the vast majority of UK politicians thought us peons would ever dare vote to leave, so they did absolutely nothing worthwhile to stop it.
Apathy, incompetence and a lack of trust caused Brexit. Myself and the 17 million others that voted to leave unfortuantly had no hand in that.