I’ll give you a heads up – I have no idea what I’m talking about.
It’s not for lack of trying. I’ve scoured many an article, interview and expert’s opinion piece on the EU-You-Know-What the past month or two. Me; politically active, total feminist, absolute liberal. I just could not get my head around it. But there’s one thing we can all agree on – it’s been a fucking shambles.
Essentially, the impression I’ve gained is that Bremain is Brexit’s older, wiser brother who is trying to calmly and honestly explain that he absolutely didn’t do anything wrong, whilst toddler Brexit stands runny-nosed and tantrummy about Bremain taking away his toys. Bremain isn’t exactly totally honest, of course, or at the very least he bends the truth, but for the most part, he’s in the right for taking Brexit’s toys away because he was getting a bit dangerous with them and Bremain totally believes he’s gotten away with it. Until Mummy Britain and the good people thereof started getting that exhausted by Brexit’s crying and whining that Mummy Britain eventually started to give in to Brexit because, you know, he might have a point, and Bremain can’t really believe it. At this point, I’m not sure where the toys are anymore and I’ve no way of knowing who’s telling the absolute truth because both sides are bending it a bit and telling me the other one’s definitely lying. It’s against the very core of my being to agree with David Hameron, for christ’s sake.
I’m not going to go into detail about either side’s argument because quite frankly, I haven’t got a monkey’s. All I’m going on, really, is the fact that one of Brexit’s main points is that countries like Turkey will be joining the EU soon, ever expanding its horrific knack for peace-keeping and human rights. Because who wants other countries to have those sorts of things, right?? I may well have voted leave under another, fairer government but weirdly, I don’t trust the Tories to inject all that money into the NHS after the past year, and I’m quite a fan of holidaying. I mean, never mind those countries with silly things like war and corruption who are desperate to join for some stability and growth, they need to learn to fend for themselves! Like we will! Hurrah! Rule Britannia!
I’m sorry, that was mean.
But seriously, Brexit speaks to a very, very large group of people who are very very angry. Now, I’m not going to generalise because defining a whole group of people (like immigrants, for example) by the actions of a select few or by the media’s impression, isn’t fair at all now, is it? But I have noticed a pattern. For example, my entire news feed, consisting of university students, parents & young people, have voted to Remain today. My entire shop clientele, consisting of mostly old, white, working class men, have voted to Leave. Again, I don’t speak for everyone. But Bremains usually have an economic, social or security reason. 9/10 Brexit’s reason is immigration, or I’ve heard ‘What have the EU ever done for us?‘ A number of times. But I understand why. These are people who have worked hard all their lives only to watch the value of their money and labour decline. Who have perhaps lost their jobs as the Polish family moved in next door. People who grew up in a time when you were taught to fend for you, your family and no-one else. At least our generation knows we’re fucked. We’re ready for it. The generation ~generally~ voting for Brexit feels personally attacked. So I understand why you want to leave. You were probably taught to look after your own. There’s nothing wrong with that. You do you, hun. But to me, as a human being, disregarding my politics, shutting the door on someone who needs help, no matter what language they speak, is fucking terrifying.
Please don’t take this generalisation as fact. As I said, that’s not what I’m aiming for. I’m just trying to find an explanation for the neck and neck polls. The problem isn’t in whether we have too much immigration or money going out or a failing NHS or whatever – it’s the fact that the nation is divided in itself. Because you know what? Maybe you do think immigrants are the cause of all our problems. But the other half think that’s bullshit. Something very wrong has happened here. Whoever you are, it’s creating more of a ‘them’ and ‘us’ vibe which we all know doesn’t go down well, historically. Whatever that might be, a vote with 50% each side or thereabouts should not be made by the public. I’m all for democracy and freedom to cast whichever vote you may please, but this isn’t going to solve anything. Either way, almost of the country is going to be furious. Almost half of the country is going to hate the other. The other part of the country didn’t even want to be involved and will just have to duck in the bar brawls.
We are already divided enough as it is. This decision should have been debated, fairly and with expertise, in parliament by the people we pay to represent us, however much we may hate them. It’s their job. I’m not saying don’t vote if you haven’t already. You have the opportunity – use it. I don’t care how you vote, it’s your right to do so. I just wish it hadn’t have come to this. Everyone is confused and uneasy and it’s just shit. It’s really shit. I wish I had more eloquent words to describe how totally rubbish this situation we find ourselves in is. We don’t know who to believe or what to think and even the most curious and investigative of experts haven’t got a clue, or can’t get a straight answer into the mainstream outlets. And the total lies, misinformation and scaremongering that is occurring is atrocious, but it’s been working, as the Independent found that Britains are wrong about nearly everything to do with the EU Referendum. I don’t know how they get away with it – it’s just not fair to insult the intelligence of working people like that. The other solution, I suppose, would be a mandatory legally enforceable fact check on all posted campaign information but hey, that’s not going to happen anytime soon so let’s go with the next best thing.
I personally don’t understand anything about the EU, its economics, trades, security measures or anything else. And I’ve tried. I’ve tried to find the truth, but that’s what both sides claim they offer. And please don’t bother telling me your opinion because I’ve already voted and besides, I have done enough research and I still could not make up my mind, so your facebook comment probably isn’t going to sway me, sorry. In any case, by 10pm tonight it will all be over and we will know what the future will hold for Britain by tomorrow morning. But if you haven’t guessed already, I voted Remain. My fundamental reason for doing so, above all the confusion, was that we know what it’s like to be In, but we don’t know what it’s like to be Out. And because I may well agree for once with David Hameron but I absolutely draw the line at Boris. But it should never have been about who I agree with on principle. It should have been about making the right decision with enough easily accessible information, and instead of everyone talking about how confusing its been and scaring people off further, laying the facts out bare right slap bang in the middle. Voting In to keep things the way they are may well have been the most conservative thing I’ve ever done in my life and I am sad that I didn’t have concrete information and worried that I made the wrong choice. But mostly, I am terrified of what the people will do as a result of reading so much misinformation and becoming so convinced of the lies they were told. There are two kinds of voters: those who are informed and those who are not. The scary ones are those who think they are informed but really, really aren’t.
But that’s a whole other blog post.