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Brexit

So, yes, this.

...It's been a day (over a day!) and I still have so few words. We spent yesterday in a haze, not entirely feeling like ourselves. Today is a little better, but not by a huge amount.

I've never been that patriotic, I find the whole "hail our country!" thing confusing at best, but I have always loved the UK in some small way. Mainly because I felt, despite the growing evidence to the contrary in some cases, that it was a nation built on values of inclusiveness. That we've always accepted other cultures, been open to new ideas and been honestly happy with the way that our future was heading. To find that 51.9% of people, no matter their background, fell for such a xenophobic and unpleasant campaign...

Well. It's a little like discovering that my hands have suddenly turned into fish, to be honest.

It's very hard to be positive, but based on the strength of today I'm definitely going to try. I refuse to believe that just over half of the people in this country are racist bigots, even if they did end up supporting an undoubtedly racist and bigoted movement. I've always cared about politics, but I've agreed with P that we're going to try and be a lot more proactive about them from this point on. I've already joined the Labour party, because as much as I disagree with it sometimes I still think it's the best bastion against the far right rise that's threatening. Hopefully I'll be able to do even more than that, we'll see what comes up.

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classics_lover
Jun. 25th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
The way I'm looking at it is that the sectarians won :(

Not the NI sectarians, but a whole different breed of sectarian that gives no fucks about things like their own economy, other countries' economies (because if there's another recession in the UK they will totally bring Ireland down with them) and their own young people. I wonder how many of the Leave voters had children or grandchildren who wanted to get work experience in France or had holiday homes in Spain and whatnot.

It's just so upsetting. And I think part of the problem was that a lot of people didn't quite know which way to vote and so they didn't, letting more Leave votes get in. My Aunt's widower (Uncle? Uncle-in-law?) didn't know how to vote so I don't think he did, even though he was married to an Irish woman, who, had she lived, would have been the first to vote Remain out of self-preservation. I really thought we were past the days of No Paddys Need Apply signs on work place windows.

*hugs*
lost_spook
Jun. 25th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
Aw, well done on finding something positive to do! I think as many of us as possible doing our own equivalent of that is the only way forward. ♥
night_owl_9
Jun. 26th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you're trying to be positive, in spite of everything.
ragnarok_08
Jun. 26th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
It's good to be positive, even when it isn't easy.
crookedspoon
Jun. 26th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I would never have expected this outcome. As someone on the continent, this only affects me indirectly, but it was still shocking. It's sad to see nationalist movements getting stronger everywhere. But it's great that you're not letting this get you down. I'm still kind of hoping for a debate in Parliament about this. *hugs*
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