I’m still angry. And no, I’m not just going to keep quiet and sit quietly in the corner like a ‘good loser’.
Its been a few days now since the results of Brexit. And I’m still angry. I want the Britain back which we had at this time last week. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But at least it was a place where it wasn’t ok for children to be told they were going to be ‘sent home’ by other children at school or for people to be shouted at in the street that they weren’t welcome here. Or where my neighbour didn’t think it was ok to stand outside his house on the street and tell the world in a loud voice that he had voted ‘Leave’ because there were too many mosques. And because he’s not allowed to fly his country’s flag or something equally nonsensical.
I’m not even joking. How many people from the EU did he actually think were coming over here and building mosques? At a push, Catholic churches maybe but mosques? Really? I’m not kidding myself that he didn’t have these views before the Leave vote won but would he have stood out on the street announcing it to the world before? I doubt it.
These views aren’t new and they are sadly on the rise all over Europe and further afield. Just look at America. But what the ‘Leave’ victory has done (or rather the campaign which helped create that victory) is to legitimise these views and made people think its ok to voice them and direct them at whoever it might be that they think should be sent home.
And who exactly should be sent home anyway? EU nationals of course, then I guess anyone who’s skin is a darker shade than yours (irrespective of whether they were born here or not). Then why stop there? How about anyone who isn’t pure white Anglo Saxon. I have family ties to the North East so surely there must be some Viking blood in there. Want to send me back to Norway or Iceland? Please do, I’m already packing. When do I leave?
And that is the point. Once its started, where does it end? Hitler started with Jews then the Communists, those with disabilities. His dream of a pure Aryan race presumably didn’t include those with dark hair so maybe they would have been next had he been able to get that far.
And what happens when all of those people who voted ‘Leave’ realise that actually nobody is going to be sent home? I don’t mean everyone who voted ‘Leave’, like I’ve said before there are plenty of people had legitimate and honorable reasons for voting that way. I’m talking about what I believe to be the majority of people who voted only on the immigration issue. I’m talking those people in Newcastle with their ‘Go Home’ banners or my neighbour with his thing about mosques and flags. What happens when they realise that actually nobody is going to be sent anywhere and they’ve been lied to by Boris, Nigel and their gang? Riots? An increase in racial violence? Civil war?
Ok, maybe not civil war. But that’s what really gets me angry about this whole thing. Lets say for a minute that there was a civil war in this country. The infrastructure has collapsed, there’s no food or power or any of those things we take for granted. You’re in actual fear for your life and the lives of your children. You have a chance to get out and try to make a safer life for your family, even if it means using all of your savings and taking a potentially dangerous trip. It is an actual choice of life or death. You’d do it wouldn’t you? You’d try to get to France or Poland or Romania wouldn’t you, if it was a chance of safety and a better life for your family. Well isn’t that just what the refugees from Syria are doing?
Or what if you could go to work in another country like say, Slovakia, and earn 4 times more that you could in this country. You could earn more than enough for yourself, even doing a job which you are way over-qualified for, and have plenty left over to support your family and extended family. You’d be crazy not to consider it, right? This is why a lot of migrants from the poorer EU countries are here. Not to claim our benefits, take our doctors appointments. Or steal our jobs. Because guess what, a lot of them are doing the jobs that the good people of this country turn their noses up at.
Yes, of course there are issues in some areas of the country due to immigrants, a particular area of Sheffield springs to mind which is very troubled. But then there are areas and estates all over the country which have similar troubles caused by the natives. In every race and nationality there are good and bad. In every race and nationality,there are people who want to cheat the system, there are drug dealers and violent criminals. People who abuse the health service by going out and drinking 27 bottles of the latest alcoholic drink of choice and requiring a stomach pump every other weekend. Just because the latest crime has been committed by a white British male, it doesn’t mean we then assume all white British males are the same. So why do we do it with all those perceived to be outsiders?
So no, I won’t keep quiet and I won’t just accept defeat like a ‘good loser’. I’m angry at what the ‘Leave’ campaign has awakened in a large percentage of the population and I’m angry at where it will all end up. I’m angry that the vote has divided families and I’m angry that good hardworking people no longer feel welcome or safe here. I’m angry that children are telling other children they’re going to be sent home and I’m angry that the Polish Embassy has had to make a statement due to the upsurge in hate crimes towards its citizens living here. I’m angry that our clown of a Prime Minister looks set to be replaced by an actual clown and I’m angry that the opposition MPs have used a time of extreme confusion and unrest to try unseat the leader of the Party who was unanimously voted in by the party members.
I’m angry but most of all I’m just terribly, terribly sad.