Think Brexit fanatics are angry? History may judge them even harsher

Why can’t Remainers just accept ‘they lost’, that it was a ‘democratic vote’, and just get on with their lives? Why can’t they just get with the programme? I’ll tell you.

I’d consider myself a kind person. I’ve had some highs in my life, but it’s definitely slapped me about a fair bit too. As a result, I continually try to empathise, to be polite, fair, and to do the right thing. They’re about the only traits I pride myself on. But these noble intentions have often led me into all kinds of trouble, and as a result, I tend to over analyse most things I say and do, and everyone/everything I encounter. One might call it ‘hyper-sensitivity’. (And it’s arguably my biggest Achille’s Heel.)

I felt something change in our country on June 23rd, 2016. I remember feeling bereft, truly full of despair for what my countrymen and women had done: that it was the start of a huge social and geopolitical shift in the world, and not for the better. (And that of course, was before the U.S handed nuclear codes to a giant orange and petulant toddler.) I just couldn’t ignore my deep resentment for the xenophobic-led idiocy that even now proposes to rob my daughter, and her whole generation and others of a whole continent of opportunity. And I certainly couldn’t ignore the economic impoverishment now looming over us all as a result, harking back to years when Britain was considered ‘the sick man of Europe’.

Stranger still, I was working at a German prestige car dealership at the time: an industry where you’d think the workers would sensibly know which side their bread was buttered. Alas, sadly not. On the contrary, I was surrounded by people who thought it bizarre anyone should even give a damn, who pretty much just ‘wanted foreigners out’. (In spite of the kindly and humble Portuguese family outside, washing all their cars.)

But to actively go as far as being genuinely upset by the result??

Well, I might as well have come to work dressed as giant rabbit with a toaster strapped to my head that morning, for all the difference it would have made to their apparent impression of me. And it hit me even then, ‘these people have no idea what they’ve just had taken away.’

Since that day – a day I shall remember forever – this country’s future has continued to spiral into catastrophe. Our society is irrevocably split, and falling into decline quite quickly. I see it, I feel it. Prices are going up up up. Attitudes and mentalities that once many thought consigned to history, are now rampant in our faces. Almost out of nowhere. Our politicians are shameless and incompetent. And the political stability Britain enjoyed my entire life, seems a thing of the past.

And gods, nothing has even technically happened yet.

Failing empathy

I’ve tried to empathise with Brexit voters. I really have. Words can’t express how much I regret this issue that’s split our society, even families in two. And I do appreciate all too poignantly why so many in this country are angry and fed up. I constantly strive to fight for the ‘little guy’: the people who just get stepped on and ignored. But in this instance, the ‘little guys’ who voted for this are blaming the wrong people.

Yes, perhaps we should have reined in immigration sooner and somehow, if it was of such concern to so many in Britain. But tearing apart a political union that’s kept peace and relative prosperity in our time since the Second World War, still seems incomprehensibly ungracious to anyone with a true concept of how and why it came to be. A baby out with the bathwater scenario. Brexiters just don’t get that. On the contrary, some of their fantastical imaginations see this colossal act of self harm as a continuation of values the Allies held at their core opposing fascism in WWII. Of course, anyone with an iota of education beyond the contents of The Daily Mail, The Sun, and The Daily Express knows positively nothing could be further from the truth, but nonetheless, now we’re all expected to ‘pretend’. Otherwise it’s ‘censorship’ and ‘bullying’.

Our country gradually became very vapid, superficial, and greed-orientated during the New Labour years: but at least most had a reasonable shot at the cake. Under the Tories since 2010, corruption and elitism are now at levels that every single one of us in the UK should be positively hopping mad about. And most of it hailing from one party and societal group (big business).

Yet bizarrely, almost to the point of being ridiculous, the very people actively seeking to enslave the populace of this island: the people who most benefit from grotesque inequality, are the very same fuck-nuggets half the country are listening to. Brexiters quote their inane bullshit like it’s actually sentient, rational, or even vaguely addressing the actual problems at hand. And it’s sending many of us listening into meltdown. You can’t reason with fanatics.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, for example, I genuinely believe is as dangerous to this country as Hitler was to Germany. (Yep, I did just go there.) But unlike the average wealthy person and/or politician who’ll still survive an impoverished UK post-Brexit (the fallout will be felt by the masses), this guy is already a multi-millionaire, and will actually BENEFIT in a simply massive way: the worth and business prospects of his financial investment companies will literally soar. And he’ll probably get to pay his menial staff less to boot.

This is the guy the average Brexiter is trusting?!

Yes… that’s right. Now Brexiters like JRM are gunning for foreign aid and charities like Oxfam, and all those pesky people in the world who have nothing. How dare they flee the bombs we drop on them, or need food, water, education, and clothing.

The same information and facts are there for Brexiters. They’re staring them in the face. They just refuse and/or don’t want to see them. That is why some Remainers think they’re “fucking stupid” (to coin less-than-pleasant vernacular). Or that they’re now so blindly committed to this idealistic nonsense, no amount of money trails and blood stained hand-prints will convince them their leaders are anything other than virtuous freedom-fighters. Then in the next breath, they complain Remainers are supposedly ‘prejudiced’, ‘bigoted’, ‘judgemental’, and always talking down to them like they’re ‘idiots’. I’m sorry, but it is laughable. You don’t prove you’re not an idiot, by blindly continuing to do something incalculably idiotic. Nor does taking on a bully somehow make you a bully too.

Most of us aren’t looking to be mean. We’re not looking to hurt or offend anybody, but nor are many of us prepared to tolerate utter gobbledegook, and tiptoe round it as if it’s sentient. Particularly not when it’s our entire economy and society on the line. Absolutely nobody and nothing is going to be helped long-term if we all now have to start pretending ‘yes, 2+2 does in fact equal 5’, just in case we upset a ‘real patriot’. And in fact, if this country continues to base its economic plans on that ethos, we truly are doomed.

I only wish more people were shouting. We should be bloody barricading parliament to stop it from happening! But whoops… oh yes. Would you look at that. The Tories are also now trying to outlaw demonstration too. They were OK with a female politician getting murdered by hard-right fanatics in the name of ideology in 2016, but Rees-Mogg getting some verbal flack at a niche university get-together?? No way José. That’s going too far in the face of decorum. That requires new laws.

Meanwhile, it’s apparently OK for Nigel Farage and groups like Leave.EU to make veiled threats against the British public who see this oppressive nonsense for what it is, planting seeds of proposed violence if their little coup doesn’t get its way:

What happened to a 52/48 vote being “unfinished business” Nigel? Well, now he’s rallying the mob, just in case he turns out to have been right.

The burning house

I look around at what is happening, and cannot close my mind to the dire predictions and warnings deluged by people of pragmatism and experience. People NOT tied to financial markets and vested interest. Fears that GDP in parts of Britain could be hit as much as precipitated the Great Depression in America. I cannot fucking help but already see products I used to buy and consume without much care, that I now regretfully turn away from in the supermarket, genuinely troubled by the price. I’ve been all over the world, and know only too well that we in Britain are already ripped off blind for absolutely everything we buy, so where that could go from here is just terrifying.

At the same time, I cannot help but also notice Theresa May is indicating she might sell the NHS to American privatisation. The same NHS that brought my baby girl into this world, and cared for my Mum before she died in 2014. My local council in Surrey plan on putting council tax up by 15% this year, which will hit us badly. Meanwhile, the salaries of just seven Surrey County Council bosses cost Surrey tax payers £1m per year. Lower down the chain, jobs are going to robots. Small, mid, and even some big businesses (like Carillion) are folding and/or moving elsewhere. Thousands are already losing their jobs and pensions, living off food banks. If that number becomes millions, this country is in for one helluva rough ride. Certainly beyond anything I or my late Mum would probably have imagined we’d live to see.

I hope with every last bone in my body that we… the ‘Remoaners’… are somehow magically proved completely wrong. Even though we’ve pretty accurately forecast every single agonising stage of this debacle, I hope we are. That’s another thing Brexiters don’t get. See, it’s not a matter of pride for us: just a sense of responsibility to our families. We don’t want to argue with you, and quite frankly we’d rather have nothing to do with you. Most of us don’t revel in conflict the same way your nationalist fan-club does.

Mr Farage reckons his mob are angry?? Well if things do go south, we are right, and obstinate muppets who refused to listen have adversely affected the future prospects and happiness of OUR children?? The opportunities and luxuries we can afford them?? Well I for one genuinely fear I’ll never want to speak to a Brexit voter ever again, let alone make peace with them. I already can’t believe how much they’ve cost us. You don’t need a degree in economics from LSE to recognise Britain is on the verge of disaster, or that the whole thing is entirely unnecessary. That is what we cannot and will not forgive.

But worse still. If this fiasco is viewed in the future as a turning point, when military tensions and conflict in Europe again became likely or inevitable, history will judge them even harsher.

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35 Responses

  1. Michael Powell

    Yep. The Rees Mogg involvement is the most infuriating. Follow the money. The man is heavily invested in emerging markets and stands to increase his wealth tenfold. Do brexiteers know this (most of them probably don’t) or do they care? Are they simply happy to have another high profile figure on their side? The rich ruling classes have always been adept at manipulating the masses to act against their own interests and that’s never going to stop until the rest of us take to the streets.

    As I have said from the beginning of this mess, remainers won’t even have the dubious satisfaction of saying ‘I told you so’ because vested interest will ensure that the true damage is hidden from us, so we’ll still be debating the net economic impact for years to come, whilst all feeling poorer, working longer hours with stagnant wages and rising prices. As interest rates reach 12 percent, the Tories will tell us this is the sign of a healthy economy.

    1. Badger

      I am invested in foreign markets too. Without it I would be on benefits. Do you have a problem with people making money? And do you honestly believe that Rees-Mogg only wants us out so we can invest in foreign stocks? If even that were true I’d say good luck to him. What’s good for Britain is good for me and foreign investments keep this country afloat. And me out of the workhouse.

  2. YaBasta

    “xenophobic-led idiocy”

    Hmm, somehow I don’t think over-empathising with others is really your “Achille’s Heel” (whoever Achille might be). I think your problem is that you put the worst possible construction on what Brexiters believe, ignoring what they themselves say they believe, and thus descend into a self-reinforcing spiral in which you pointlessly insult the very people whose minds you need to change if you do get your coveted “second referendum” . And your spelling and grammar aren’t great either.

    1. mrsWands

      According to Homer, (the ancient Greek poet, credited with composing the Iliad and the Odyssey) Achilles (played by Brad Pitt in the recent film ‘Troy’) was a Greek hero whose mother was granted to dip him at birth into a sacred river which would make him invulnerable to weapons. She had to hold on to the baby somehow so he didn’t fall right in, so held him by one heel. So this heel, which hadn’t touched the water, remained vulnerable; hence the phrase ‘it’s his Achilles heel, or weak spot. Later a goddess offered him the choice between long, happy life in a fairly humble sphere, or a short life and immortal fame – he chose the latter, died gloriously in the Trojan War and is remembered still, 3,500 years later.
      There is no united Brexit party nor accredited Brexit spokesperson, and Brexiters say all sorts of things, I’ve heard them myself.
      As for spelling and grammar, (and let’s not forget punctuation) of the piece, can you list three mistakes? Pretty please?

    2. Hello YaBasta. Apologies for the apostrophe oversight in ‘Achilles’. An error already clocked. However, would you perhaps care to share any other examples of poor spelling and/or grammar in the piece? I think not, as there are none. And I’ll take the Pepsi challenge on spelling/grammar and general lexis any day of the week my friend. (Not that those issues are really pertinent to the subject at hand, but whatever makes you happy.)

      And I think you have offered absolutely nothing whatsoever to physically challenge or dispute anything I’ve said. Just more whining that we’re all ‘so mean’, for saying exactly what most of us know full well to be the case. Nobody with a brain believes in absolutism, and nobody is suggesting every Brexiter fits the stereotype. But similarly, stereotypes happen for a reason, eg: they’re usually grounded in truth. There is a VERY large contingent of Brexiter who fits the painted description, and you know it as well as I do.

      “Methinks thou dost protest too much.” Hit a nerve perhaps?

      Thank you for your comment.

      1. Erland

        Ignore the spelling crap. Your article starts with your conclusions so I carried on reading to hear the evidence that led you to them.
        Nothing! Repetitious non substantiated rambling degenerating into politicised left wing extremism that leaves everyone not of your ilk yawn.
        Pity. I want the UK to remain but I wont be quoting vitriolic drum bangers like you with pretensions to intelligent journalism as an ally.

  3. YaBasta

    Why do you assume Brexit is all about immigration? To pick one issue among many, are you aware Britain used to have a thriving fishing industry until the Common Fisheries Policy declared the fish around Britain – though curiously not those in the Mediterranean – a “common European resource”? Have you visited the coastal communities that were devastated by the loss of their livelihoods?

    Of course not – like most Remainers, this issue isn’t on your radar at all. The fish seems to turn up in Waitrose somehow, so what’s the problem?

    1. Aged Brit

      You do realise that without the Fisheries policy there would be no bleeding fish in the North Sea to catch. It’s not the fault of the EU that 2/3 of the Uk fish quota goes to a ship registered in the netherlands. That’s a decision made by DEFRA. They could have decided to give it to the small boats of the coast communities you claim to care for but they chose not to.

      Were you protesting to Defra about it – of course not

      You have as much authenticity here as bloody farridge who sat on the EU fisheries committee and never bothered to turn up to fight the corner of the people he was supposed to be supporting and then had the cheek to go on a flotilla up the Thames

      You Brexiteers have absolutely no conception of the self harm you’ve visited on the nation and the truth is you don’t care

  4. Harry Again

    What a load of drivel. The EUSSR/Fourth Reich is bent on total domination and destruction of our country.
    They are trying to do by deceit what they failed to do by military means.
    Softly softly chatchee monkey. The latest thing is a European army.
    All they want from us is our money to fill their own troughs and bribe East European basket case economies.
    EVIL EVIL EVIL

    1. Alun Parsons

      You actually believe that the EU tried to destroy the UK by military means? You expect to be taken seriously when you make such patently ridiculous arguments? Maybe you need to learn some of your own country’s history.

  5. Badger

    Anyone who wants to hand over my country’s sovereignty to a foreign power is a traitor. That is all there is to it. There is no need for debate, the author of this article is talking treason.

    1. Alun Parsons

      Holding an opinion is not treason. Your argument makes no sense. As soon as you start to claim that anyone who disagrees with you is a traitor, then you are supporting a police state.
      Here is a fact, all countries all over the world pool some of their sovereignty. They have been doing it for literally centuries. Whenever any country makes any sort of treaty with any other country, they pool some of their sovereignty. Even after Brexit the UK is pooling some of its sovereignty by being in NATO, by being in the UN, by being in the Council of Europe (a completely independent organization to the EU), by being in the OECD, by being in the OSCE, by being in a multitude of different organizations, including the Commonwealth.
      Think about what you mean, understand what you are saying.

      1. NoThanks

        Except what he said was “anyone who wants to hand over my country’s sovereignty to a foreign power is a traitor”, not “anyone who disagrees with me is a traitor”. Big difference there that you’re just skipping over, and none of the treaties you refer to have the far-reaching, inevitable-federalisation overtones that the EU has.

  6. Liz

    You are again blaming the wrong people. WM has sold the fishing community down the river.
    And don’t for a minute think Brexit will improve your situation, fishing is part of the negotiations.
    WM elite don’t give a toss about the fishing community, they will use it to get a deal for the City.

    There’s tons of evidence out there to prove this including government documents

  7. Jim Fraser

    Imagine how much worse it is to live in Scotland and have to suffer Brexit. We voted overwhelmingly to Remain. After being told the only way to stay in the EU was to vote No to independence. Still, it hasn’t happened yet. The Irish border question just isn’t going to go away.

  8. Alun Parsons

    Why couldn’t Brexiters just accept that they lost the 1975 referendum? This is their crowning hypocrisy, Leavers demand that us Remainers accept the result of a 52:48 vote, but they never accepted the result of a 33:67 vote.
    If we are going to argue that the result of one referendum is final and can never be challenged on the basis of democracy, then I will happily accept the result of the first EEC referendum in 1975.
    Otherwise I will continue to argue that Brexit is wrong, and that the 2016 referendum result can be opposed by me, just as the 1975 result was opposed by them.

    1. Steven Carr

      In 1975, we voted to stay in the Common Market. The Common Market was taken away from us, ans politicians built a European Union instead,

  9. I live in the North-west, I’m not an ignorant Brexiteer and have no problem with ‘foreigners’, I work and pay my taxes but voted to leave.

    The decision was hard but I never thought we should have entered the EU (I was too young to vote in 1975 and in the intervening years have had no chance of having a say).

    From my perspective, in my area in the mid-nineties generally wages stayed low but the prices of products went ‘up, up, up’ – sometimes doubled – overnight.

    Add to this the removal of border controls and it was a recipe for disaster. Do you leave your door unlocked at night? I don’t but not for any xenophobic reason, just to feel safe.

    You assume (grossly) we are all ignorant and you are wrong.

  10. NoThanks

    “I FEEL it”, you say, regarding the division in our country. Stop being divisive then. Stop assuming you were right about everything and we’re all just too blind to see.

    People studied, worked and travelled on the continent before the EU, they’ll do it after. If you and your crowd would stop so relentlessly rubbishing the UK and British people in general and start rooting for the home team a bit you might find the “angry Brexiteers” a bit less angry and a bit more willing to compromise.

  11. BJ Jansen

    This article might have come straight from my own thoughts. I agree with everthing you said and have experienced much of the anger and refusal to listen or read anything opposed to their views on Brexit. I felt bereft too, the day after the referendum but have tried to understand. It would be easier if they could explain why they think it is a good idea, but most just abuse the questioner. That JRM is their hero or leader of choice, and they listen to that nobody, Farage is beyond my comprehension.

    Where “remainers” want to discuss, brexit supporters want to yell and shout which is why details and truth is not heard. This article should be read on every BBC news discussion. Thank you for proving Im not alone!

  12. Dee

    I must confess to only reading up to the mentioning Mogg and Hitler in the same hysterical breath, through the EU peace fable and right-wing tabloid reading Brexit voters, etc.

    I’m a left-wing Brexit voter. I used my democratic vote, which was won through hard thought battles (not the EU) to vote against an undemocratic institution (the EU).
    The EU is a technocratic institution which is involved in killing social democracy and the rise in right-wing populism. Just look at any of the recent European elections. Technocracy feeds this populism.

    I like democracy. The left used to love such principles, some of us have kept them.
    Some lost their balls. Most unions ridiculously showed how utterly pointless they are by repeating the mantra of “without the EU we wouldn’t have these rights or these laws” – so, besides whitewashing workers struggles and victories, why join a union if it’s all down to the EU?

    What may cause some economic problems are reactions to a democratic vote and the sheer incompetence of our political class which I’m thankful for the democratic Brexit vote in showing.

    I’ll leave with this question – How many Brexit hating, economic doom-mongering lefties will be behaving the same way (supporting ‘The City’, business, market reactions, etc) if Corbyn becomes prime minister?

    1. Charles Turner

      Breixt is suicide. It is also ethnic cleansing. Why should the left support that? The pain of it is going to be much worse than you think.

  13. Steven Carr

    The author has taught me the great value of never asking the British people what they want to happen to their country by getting them to vote on their future.

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