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Brexit, British Revolution, Or Britpocalypse?

In this post, I’m going to share some politics stuff. Breathe. You’ll get through it. I’ve seen lots of misinformation online, and I want to straighten some of this out to help people who are confused by the whole Brexit thing. Unlike others, I’ll tell you my vote up front, so you can filter for bias, but I’ll attempt to be as objective as possible through the explainy bit so you don’t have to waste too much time filtering. I voted to leave the EU. But I also see the valid reasons people voted to stay. This isn’t an academic essay or whatever. Just some basics that might be helpful. I don’t care how you voted and I hope this helps you.

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The main things that need to be discussed here, so that you can see why things kicked off, are:

  • Right and left wing: what are they, and why are people cross about them?
  • Capitalism, fascism, socialism and communism: quick guide
  • The EU. What is it, why was Britain in it, and what will happen now it’s voted to leave?
  • Why does this matter if you’re in America?

Right and Left Wing, and the ‘isms’

All of this will be VERY simplified, since this is a blog rather than a university essay [EDIT: Please re-read this. For some reason people don’t get that this is NOT an academic essay, so I’ve received some truly mean and vile comments about my intellect. I’ve always been clear this is NOT an academic essay. If you want to lay into an academic, go and troll the Financial Times. This isn’t the place to do it. This isn’t a political site. It’s only a single political post. That’s it. Cruelty and sexism won’t get published in the comments, so save your tapping if that’s your goal.] Generally, the political spectrum of thought and belief is split into ‘right and left wing’. Imagine a horizontal line. In the centre is balance between both sides. Then to the right is capitalism near to the centre, and fascism far from the centre. On the left is socialism near to the centre and communism far from the centre. So capitalism can be centre-right, and socialism can be centre-left. However, fascism is far-right and communism is far-left. We’re all along that line somewhere.

Broadly speaking, the right wing is in favour of freedom, self-reliance, and limited government interference, with lower taxes. The left wing is in favour of government organisations, taxation to provide welfare and support for ordinary people, and community before individualism. Both fascism and communism ultimately end the rights of the individual, and of society as a whole. They are also known as ‘totalitarian states’ or ‘despotic regimes’. They are undemocratic. 

Some people pick a party that represents a particular point on that line, and that’s who they vote for no matter what. In the UK, our centre-right to right wing party is the Conservative or Tory Party. Our main centre-left to left wing parties are Labour and Liberal Democrats. There is a right to far-right party called UKIP.

The Conservative Party (currently the party in power) chose to back the ‘remain’ vote, to stay in the EU. Since there are better options for the UK from a capitalist perspective outside the EU, this wasn’t an obvious choice. However, Google ‘illuminati’ and ‘Bilderberg Group’ for potential other reasons for them wanting to be part of a superstate.

UKIP wanted us out of the EU. That is their raison d’etre, Modus Operandi, and various other fancy words meaning generally ‘it is why they exist and what they do’.

Many Labour voters wanted us to stay. There’s also what Scotland wanted, and their parties. Basically, this is going to get long if I go into all of it, so just bear in mind that many left wing people wanted us to stay, and many right wing people wanted us to leave. Also, some left wing people wanted us to leave, and some right wing people wanted us to stay. I’m not party political, so I ignored all of them.

 

The EU

  • Britain joined the EEC in 1973, (later known as the EC and then EU). It was set up to help post-war European countries to trade with each other.
  • The goals were free trade between nations, and peaceful negotiations between previously warring countries.
  • This was before the internet and before nations such as China, India, etc had experienced the economic and tech growth they have seen recently.
  • Over time, the EU introduced things such as the Doctrine of Direct Effect, which limited the freedoms and democratic process of the countries who were members of the EU. This angered and frightened people who were aware of their democracy being eroded, and they sought to get a referendum so that they could vote to take back control of their own laws and democratic process. Some were also alarmed that they no longer had control of their borders, and wanted that too. So, there was a referendum.

The campaigns on both sides were badly handled. Racists took control of the conversation on both sides. On the ‘leave’ side there was a lot of talk of people ‘taking jobs’ etc. On the ‘remain’ side, there was a lot of talk of the idea that we would only be safe inside the EU due to the risk of war if we left (the implication being that all Germans are Nazis). So, racism on both sides. Never a good thing. However, both sides also had valid points.

The ‘remain’ camp wanted the protection of EU legislation as it pertains to working conditions, etc. They were fearful of being ‘alone’ in the world, without the EU to protect us, and they equated the EU with Europe, so they felt as if we were breaking from Europe, when we were actually just breaking with the EU.

The ‘leave’ camp believed there should be no taxation without representation (the issue that led to the American Revolution and eventual independence) and wanted the right to fire the people who governed us, rather than being part of a communist superstate that dictated our rights to us without us having a say.

What Happens Now And How Does it Affect The USA?

The ‘Leave’ vote won. So, we now have around 2 years of paperwork ahead of us until we’re fully out of the EU. In the meantime, the markets have gone into shock, which was predictable, and there may be a short recession. If so, that could trigger similar events elsewhere. But it won’t last long. It’s what happens when there’s a major change. After a sharp drop in the pound (sterling), it has rallied at the time of writing. Only took a few hours to happen. So even if it drops again, it’ll come right eventually. We’re probably talking a few weeks or a couple of months of turmoil before things settle. This will affect the US markets, of course. Oh, and our Prime Minister (UK equivalent of American President) resigned. So, there’s that. It’s all a bit of a kerfuffle, but we’ll get through it.

[EDIT – Many of the nastiest comments I’ve received, most of which aren’t published here – have relied for evidence of my insanity and lack of intellect on my clearly stupid hunch that the pound would rally in any way in the days following the crash, insisting that it – and the markets in general – would only go downwards with no sign of recovery in any way for at least 2 years. So… just leaving this here…]

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I’m not giving you financial advice here. Ask a financial advisor. However, personally, I wouldn’t panic. If you’re British and your currency has dropped, you just became more affordable for Americans if you charge in pounds… OR you just got a pay rise if you charge in dollars. Either way, it’s no bad thing.

If you’re outside the UK, buy British. It’s a bargain right now.

Also, if you’re outside the UK and have some concept about Britain now being isolated, you may not know ’bout us. 🙂 We have a few pretty cool clubs elsewhere. We’ll be fine. This explains:

And finally…

There’s a lot of BS being spoken about Britain right now, and about the people who voted to leave. This is because it’s deeply embarrassing to our government that we chose freedom over fear. They need people to discredit us. If you’re interested in why I voted the way I did, it was because I have qualifications in both law and politics, so I understand what’s been happening to some extent. I’ve watched our democracy being slaughtered by an unelected superstate, and while I am neither party political nor strictly either right or left wing on all topics, I don’t want to live in a communist superstate, which is what it seemed to be becoming. I love democracy, so I voted for democracy. I’m now living in a free nation that has a democracy. I’m looking forward to working with any Brits, regardless of how they voted, to step into creating a Britain that is exciting, creative, successful, and everything we know it can be. But, there will be some hating for a bit before that can happen, and I’m enough of a grown up to be able to handle that, however irritating it might be.

Peace out!

Rebecca (Dangerous Revolutionary and Free Thinker)

 

P.S. Constructive criticism’s one thing but if you post hateful comments, or comments that are clearly just rallying people to a cause for Google juice, they just won’t be approved. I believe in democracy in politics, but my blog’s an absolute monarchy, so your random hate-filled name-calling rants aren’t going to be published here. Say something that adds to the conversation and I’m all ears – whether I agree or not – but this isn’t the place for your hatred. Plenty of other places online for that. This is a blog that’s primarily about self improvement, entrepreneurship, mindset, etc. This just happens to be a political post. That’s all. Find a news site if you want to attack people for their political beliefs. Not my job, or responsibility, to publish you. Pitch a political magazine for a column if you think you’re all that. Best of luck to you. Since people have criticised me a lot for not posting a stack of stats in this post, this video, by an Italian commentator, gives some more detailed info for people who want more stats and facts regarding the Brexit vote. Ultimately, the point of this post though isn’t to defend my choice regarding the vote or whatever. I’m just responding to all the criticism I’ve received and hope to inform a little more about this choice of vote so that people don’t get the impression that those who voted to leave are all a bunch of immigration fearing racists. There are other reasons that people chose to leave.

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38 Responses so far.

  1. First, I don’t see the EU as a superstate as when you look to their decision making process, it’s possibly the most democratic institution around. I love that MEP’s can turn up to parliament there with their children, which I could not see happening in the house of commons for some time to come.

    The idea of the EU as a superstate seems to have been invented by a certain Mr Boris Johnson back when he was a reported for the Times.

    The Eu has done an incredible amount of good despite the perception of it being mired in bureaucracy.

    That said, there are certainly valid arguments for leaving the EU and there were valid arguments for staying. However, it’s hard to assess how people made their choices and the immigration and controlling borders card was a huge factor for ‘working people’

    I don’t particularly agree that we chose freedom over fear. There seemed to be an large amount of fear on both sides.

    What I would say is that the leave arguments were far more clear and had a certain, almost British you could say, attitude about them.

    Given that as a country England has much more of a Capitalist attitude than most of the other European member states, they can make for odd bedfellows as a collective.

    Scotland, on the other hand I find has more of a slight Socialist leaning, while also a huge entrepreneurial spirit. I do think that independence for Scotland is inevitable, that’s a whole other story.

    What’s sad/funny/odd etc is the fallout, the polarised and emotional nature and the effect that it has on people. Ultimately people made a decision and whether you agree with it or not. That decision is wise to respect. We will see what emerges from the negotiations and how the UK moves forward without the support and also duties that being a EU member brings.

    What I can say is that the journey to a world that is creative, abundant and full of possibility continues.

    • Anthony, I think you know me well enough to know that I neither know nor care what Boris said. My desire to call it that comes from my observation of what happens BEHIND THE SCENES, having worked in that line of business. I don’t rely on the mass media to make my decisions for me. I watched none of the debates. The moment I could see how racist and petty both sides were getting in the media I focused on the specific points that my academic research and personal experience with the public sector had drawn to my attention as pertinent.

      The fact that it’s mired in bureaucracy isn’t a perception. It’s fact. Work with public sector bodies for a while and see how far you can go before the EU trips you up. You have a couple of years before we’re free of it to do so.

      People may be fearful. I’m not. And in a confidential vote, how do you know that a large number of people voted due to border control? You have no idea. You just know what the mass media has fed you and what your RAS has picked up from social media channels, after being programmed by the mass media.

      [Edited to remove random Scotland related banter as it’s not relevant to this discussion and was becoming a distraction after the post ended up on someone’s newsletter. I’ll blog about that issue some other time, but the comments here need to be about Brexit rather than Scotland as both issues are complex, and dealing with both at the same time could lead to indigestion. Plus, some people didn’t get my sense of humour, and don’t have the context for the comments, so it’s best just to leave them for now.]

  2. Wakey says:

    How exactly did the pound rally? it hasn’t got close to breaking 1.400 since the results and at this moment is even below Friday’s lowest. They believe it will fall into the 1.200 today. The pound had been weak for a while due to the referendum hanging over us and it’s unlikly to get anywhere near where it should be for the next two years now.

    And seriously you dismiss the other commenters suggestion that people voting leave did so largely on the immigration factor and state he is just listening to the media but he is right. It was the immigration factor and the idea the NHS would have £350mill extra that resonated with the average leave voter because most people voting don’t look into the situation, they decode on sound it’s that resonate with them. The local ITV news here went to Blackpool which was the biggest leave vote in the area and asked people,why they voted leave, almost all of them said something along the lines of ‘the EU has never done anything to help Blackpool’ but if any of these people had made any effort to look into it they would realise much of the multi-millions that’s been invested in rejuvenating Blackpool including the new prominade was funding via EU grants so the EU have actually helped Blackpool massively but they bought into the belief that the EU does nothing but damage Britain as well as the lies about immigration (more of the people who came into the country were from non-eu countries for example,so this will,have little impact) and the £350mill (which ignored the fact we got over half of that back in rebates and what saving are made are almost certainly going to need spent reducing the impact of leaving rather than being there there for ten NHS

    • Thanks for the comment. He’s a friend of mine. I had no idea that this post was going to be shared around so much, so that first comment was largely banter between a friend in England and a friend in Scotland after a couple of years of banter relating to Scotland leaving the UK, so take some of it with a pinch of salt.

      That said, it’s an anonymous vote, so how on earth does anyone ‘know’ why millions of people voted? You don’t. You know who the media interviewed. That’s it.

      And you arrogantly assume to tell me why I voted. I didn’t vote for the £350mill extra. I voted for democracy. I voted because the Doctrine of Direct Effect makes my head ache. Has done since the 90s. Unless you interview all the voters you can’t possible KNOW why they voted the way they did. Here’s what you can know:

      What the media is telling you, after the government has told the media what to tell you.

      THINK.

      What possible benefit could there be to the Bilderberg Group and the EU in general if British people start fighting each other post vote? That’s a mystery.

      Let’s see if you can get there yourself. Here’s a little tip… we’re not going to be the last to vote.

      Have an awesome day. 🙂

  3. Sally says:

    As an Ignorant American, I thank you for taking the time to educate.

  4. micky allen says:

    Rebecca

    Unintended consequences of Brexit – well it seems that the Scots (who voted to stay) have already started taking reprisals against the English (who voted to leave)

    The main road from England to Scotland (the A1) has been closed by underminers !

    The official line (according to the BBC) is

    “Tens of thousands of motorists in the north-east of England face days of delays after a sinkhole opened up on the A1.

    The 5m (16ft) wide, 3m (10ft) deep crater appeared on Saturday night under the northbound carriageway near the Gateshead MetroCentre.
    The road, which carries about 90,000 vehicles a day, will be closed between junctions 67 and 68 until Wednesday.

    The hole is thought to be related to former mine workings.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-36637685

    Reports that Mel Gibson and men in tartan kilts were spotted in the area once the pubs had closed on Saturday night are as yet unconfirmed !

    • Lol! Those Scots and their tricksy ways! Clever bunch. A hole in the road is just step one. Keep an eye on purchases of woad. That’s the clearest indication of coming shenanigans from what I can tell. 😉

  5. James Marshall says:

    You say ” The pound will rally. It already has”
    Wrong. Fact check needed. It’s down and will go down further.
    You say “just a few weeks of turmoil it will all settle down ”

    Wrong. Virtually no credible economists believe that. Even pro leave campaigners admit it will be significantly worse.

    And don’t even get me started on your nonsensical comments on Scotland.

    Please do some more research – you’re talking nonsense.

    Fortunately there’s a good chance the self defeating idiocy of the marginal Brexit vote will not actually lead to any such thing. But what it has done is legitimise racist bigotry and we are seeing some horrible actions from pro Leave voters who think it’s ok to target Poles and call them ‘vermin’ or even physically assault migrants. The Brexiteers lit a horrible fire. Don’t gloss over that from your position of profound ignorance.

    • You don’t need to patronise me, sweetheart. I have a brain. Calling me ignorant doesn’t make me so.

      I predicted the Dot Com Crash, and both dips of the UK double dip recession to the week. I predicted what would happen this week too. You don’t have to believe me. Just watch. It’ll be nuts for a few weeks, maybe months, then it will come right. If you honestly believe this big of a change won’t shock the markets then, with all due respect, you are the one who is ignorant. This will happen, and transformation and recovery will happen. The sky didn’t fall in. Panic is not necessary.

      On the other point, there has been bad behaviour by those at the extremes on both sides. That is horrible. It is unacceptable. It is also not indicative of the feelings of the majority. Hatred exists. Those who hate seek ways to express that hate. They do so regardless of political circumstances. It was inevitable that they would try to hijack something this public. Your desire to focus on them rather than the majority of people who want to live in a democratic country says more about you than it does about me. Your need to belittle me as you do so actually says a lot about the way the media is handling things. It’s a fascinating approach, and I’m sure it will work with people who don’t know their own minds and on women who are intimidated by scary finger-wagging men. Good luck with that. I’m not your prospect, Honey. x

  6. Teresa says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Although I am even less of a political party animal than Rebecca, I appreciate her straightforward explanation of what she understands about what is happening with the Brexit vote.
    I applaud all forms of free thinking (Someone has to do it!) and hope continues to keep us appraised of events as she sees them!

    • Thank you Teresa. I’m not party political, but when epic political things happen I tend to comment if I think it will be helpful. It’s an historical moment in both our countries, so I feel that anyone’s considered opinion is valuable as we find our way through these transformations.

  7. Kyla says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuYJdEmXghY

    You explained it pretty good. I think a lot of people do not know the MEP’s have little to no power and that European Union laws cannot be appealed – anywhere.

    • Yeah. Everyone needed to make the decision that was right for them, and I totally understand why people would have made a decision to avoid the turmoil we are in and will have for a few months. However, I could see that happening and still chose to vote the way I did because democracy matters more to me than temporary comfort. Even if there’s a recession, we’ll handle it. What I personally couldn’t handle was losing any more of our democracy. However, I do see the other side too, and I continued to discuss my thoughts with the other side of the debate right up until the day of the vote. I’m never married to a political party or a political dogma.

  8. Nick says:

    Nicely explained. Like you I did lots of research before casting my vote to leave. The events which swayed my vote, was the high handed inteference by the EU commission in the case of Greece and Portugal. The trend towards centralisation of power is worrisome. The negativity towards Brexit supporters is unpleasant. The bigotry towards the elderly is horrible. I agree any problems with the economy will be short term.Great post.

  9. john brodey says:

    You strike a fairly balanced tone Rebecca, but the realities are unavoidable on a practical level. It seems that those under 25 were largely ‘remainers’ due to the opportunities afforded them by having EU status. That said; the work it will take to reconstruct a purely sovereign oriented infrastructure that can handle drafting all the necessary trade agreements, treaties, banking changes etc. is enormous. Those functions have been performed by the EU for 23 years as the consolidation has made it a redundancy for countries to still perform those functions. Sort of like two giant companies merging.
    Those of us in the US have had experience with a central authority usurping or sometimes overriding state laws and policies that are deemed to run counter to the Constitution. In the end, ‘freedom’ is a compromise. A weighing of the power lost in return for stability and collective strength. We’ve had our share of massive, uncontrolled immigration as well, to the tune of 14 million illegal residents. It is far too late for either the US, the UK, France or Germany to reset the clock backward. In the meantime, there is a significant risk of a recession in the UK as a result of an emotional exercise that doesn’t seem to have been very well thought out or considered by those leading the charge. It’s going to be rough indeed.

    • Not sure I glossed over the ‘realities’ did I? If so, I need to rectify that. It won’t just be ‘rough’, it’ll be truly bad for a while. I was prepared for that. Many weren’t, so it’s a shock for them. It will resolve itself in time. Until then, it’ll be hard. I’m aware of everything you say here. Immigration certainly wasn’t something that I figured into my calculations, because I already had strong enough reasons to decide without doing so, but I agree that recession is a risk. Probably inevitable on some level.

      However, the last point you make I can’t agree with in any way except to say that all decisions are emotional. Some, however, are also logical. I made my decision with both my heart and head, and was not dogmatic about it. If someone had given me a more compelling reason to stay on the day of the vote, I’d have voted the other way. That didn’t happen.

      Not directly to you, but on related topic, it’s interesting how many comments – including the truly vile and possibly illegal comments that I’m not allowing on my blog – are about my vote. I only mentioned my vote to allow for bias so that people could read the post objectively, correcting for my bias. If people want to comment on the actual post, that’s great, but if it’s just going to be an exercise in criticising the way people voted, it may be more productive for me to close the comments. The purpose of this post was to help inform people about what happened, not to kick off a hate fest. Oh, and all the really vile, sexist, and threatening comments are coming from men by the way, if anyone’s interested.

      • Nick says:

        So sad you are attracting such negativity. It seems that freedom of expression and democracy are not acceptable, unless the views or decision are acceptable. The quality of political debate has really fallen. Sorry you have been attacked.

      • john brodey says:

        I think you did a terrific job of presenting a complex issue in a very objective and thorough way regardless of your vote. You really did your homework. My issue with the ‘realities’ are really directed at the people who should be very familiar with the intricacies of realizing the goal now chosen. I’m afraid that in the U.S there is a similar degree of ignorance from the rank and file who line up on purely ideological grounds whether it is Bernie’s or Donald’s agenda. Very little thought is given to the practical or truth in what they are being fed, as it requires work and not half witted effort.

        • Fair enough. Any big change leads to turmoil. People need to understand that. How long this goes on and how bad it is will be largely determined by how long it takes for any of our politicians to step up and act like leaders. We just lost our AAA rating, which was pretty obviously going to happen. So, it’ll be tricky for a bit. It is what it is. We’ve survived recessions before. We’ll survive whatever this is.

  10. Terry says:

    I enjoyed reading your take on all of this. The UK will certainly survive, as it has for centuries. Switzerland is certainly an example of a country doing fine, while being surrounded by the EU. As an American, I can see parallels between Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump and Bermie Sanders. The common man here feels left behind by the establishment government, and the middle class has been disappearing, mostly due to computerization, automation, robotics, and cheap imported labor. The frustrated are going to the voting booths.

    • It’s really at the extremes that anyone here resonates with Trump. None of the people I know who voted Leave do, but Trump is trying to leverage it to get votes.

      Looking at your election, though, I agree that there’s definitely a rising up of people fairly far from the centre on some issues. In general, people feel disenfranchised for various reasons. Whatever the future looks like for either of our countries, that sense of disenfranchisement needs to be addressed.

  11. John H says:

    Hi Rebecca
    Found this thru Bob lefsetz letter . It’s an interesting debate. Today bob circulated some more responses to the referendum including a very lucid response to your post which addresses some major inaccuracies in the “facts” you use to make your case.
    You should read them and post the letter up here ( the author said he’d posted it but I can’t see it) – as you say healthy debate is good , right?

    I won’t rehash all his arguments but it’s important to have some clarity.
    – no taxation without representation is not relevant because there is not a single tax anyone in the UK pays which has been levied by the EU
    – the EU is not an unelected superstate. We elect its parliament. It’s bureaucrats ( who cannot legislate ) are unelected just like bureaucrats in the UK government.
    – I don’t see any racism on the remain side. You refer to one Cameron claim that brexit could lead to continental conflict in Europe again. Sorry but no one anywhere is saying all Germans are Nazis which would be absurd.

    If leave voters want more democracy shouldn’t they look at the uk system not the EU? Our government received votes from less than a quarter of the electorate and we gave an entirely unelected second chamber.

    Economically this is a disaster and whilst you blithely say it’s swings and roundabouts the economy runs on oil which is priced in dollars so everyone is going to feel the cost of this extreme devaluation of sterling.

    I am sure as someone who is interested in personal development you know the value of admitting mistakes- it’s how we learn and grow. I’m sure a creative thinker like you will be brave enough to acknowledge that at least to some degree you have been misinformed and misled. And to publish the opposing view.

    Sadly the brexit vote has opened the door to some vile racist attacks – hate crimes up 57% since Friday . Important we all have a look at our real motives and fears.

    • Interested in your need to see me shamed and grovelling. Pretty much all the comments I got that I didn’t post wanted the same thing, and ALL came from men. Very interesting.

      I’m not a political expert. I never claimed to be. If people want to send essays calling me names and slamming home their own need to belittle me while castigating anyone who dares to vote differently than them, they can try to get them published here if they like, but it won’t happen. If they then passive-aggressively go to your friend for him to hit his list with this sexist bollocks and he chooses to do so, great. Bunch of people think badly of me and I get even more hate male from men who make sexist comments about my inability to think. How does that serve you all again? How do you get a kick out of that? Is it good that you do? Is that the sharing, caring side of the Remain camp I’m hearing so much about?

      Does this site REALLY look like a political blog to you? Really? Am I holding myself up as the next leader of a political party? Nope. If you guys all want to go into attack mode, you can tub-thump on a news site or troll YouTube. Go for it. This isn’t the place. And your man is wrong anyhow. Google ‘EU MOSS’ or ‘EU VAT’. It’s been a giant pain in the arse for people in my niche. And I think you meant “its” bureaucrats. Hate to be pedantic, but since you are, it’s only polite to play along, right?

      As for me being blithe. Not in the least. In the last recession, I lived on £1 a day. I got hypothermia over 20 times and had malnutrition. I just know that I would not had survived that unless I’d maintained a sense of humour and resilience. At no point did I whine or complain about the situation. I just got on with it. I care enough about people to want to help them do the same. That is why this post is not about me tub-thumping about my vote. It’s for anyone affected. It’s not academic. It’s very simple. It took a few minutes to write. If you throw someone with a degree in politics at it, they’ll be able to tear it apart. And? It’s not a political essay. It’s not written for academics. It’s written for ordinary people who are getting most of their info on this from tweets and FB posts. In that capacity, it’s doing a good enough job.

      While the Brexit vote may have opened up vile racist attacks, rest assured that the men in the Remain camp have gone above and beyond in their commitment to open up vile sexist attacks.

      Newsflash. Women have had the vote for a long time. Sorry if my vote doesn’t match those men who’ve been harassing me on this blog, but it doesn’t give them the right to imply I have too little intelligence to HAVE a vote. No, I don’t have a degree in politics. I have A Levels (for those outside the UK, that’s short for Advanced Level qualifications)in Law and Politics, as well as English and Psychology. Not the highest levels, but enough to get by. I also have a degree in English. Not really relevant to this, but an indication that I may be able to work out how to put a cross in a box.

      Diminishing another human being because they have a different view is not kind or helpful. Banter is one thing, but shaming and diminishing is something else. Most of the comments not published here have been in that style. Read back through your friend’s comment and see the degree to which it is a personal attack rather than a straight depiction of facts. There’s no banter in there. It’s straight up shaming. Maybe read some Brené Brown on that. It’s not the most useful approach, but it’s a default when women talk about politics and men don’t like what they say. Toxic masculinity is a real problem right now, and I won’t publish comments that fall into that category. Not only won’t I publish them because of the harm they do to women, but I won’t publish them because of the harm they do to men. It is better that those men who are able to put their cases with intellect and humour, and even friendly banter, but without shaming or aggressive diminishing are given the floor. THOSE men rock. And why am I ‘picking on’ men here? Because of all the vile comments and messages that I have received from this really tame and straightforward post that doesn’t claim any major authority and that allows you to correct for bias, ALL OF THEM CAME FROM MEN!

      So, you guys want to shame me for being unintelligent. OK. Well…

      Yes, I have brain damage. Yes, I taught myself to read and write after a coma and dragged my IQ up from 7 years behind my peers. No, I’m not in the top 1% IQ-wise. But I am in the top 2%. So, if my grasp of this is not as genius as you’d like you men can blame my disability if you want but you will NOT blame my gender.

  12. Karen R says:

    Thanks for sharing this, and sharing some of the history. As a Canadian I’d like to say I’m more informed, but I’m not. Your article has helped me to understand a bit more.

    • Thank you Karen. I’m glad it helped. 🙂 x

      • micky allen says:

        There are as yet unconfirmed rumours that the England football coach for Euro 2016, has been offered a peerage for services to the Brexit cause.

        His title will be Lord Hodgson of Codswallop.

        The Queen will tell him that he did the nation a great service for the following reasons

        Firstly he brought the word “Euro” into total disrepute, and secondly showed that the fact that Iceland had a financial crisis was very positive as they recovered and eventually ended up being even better than England. . . .

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008%E2%80%9311_Icelandic_financial_crisis

        We Brits will also see a light at the end of the tunnel – unless of course it is the headlight of the 19:42 eurostar from Lille to Ashford !

  13. […] to happen was that this private email would be published to a list of thousands of people, and a blog post I wrote for a few of my friends who were confused about Brexit would go […]

  14. Nick says:

    I’m appalled at the intolerance shown to the Brexiters. A young Fascistic thug who was demonstrating in London, was carrying a sign which read “Old White People Please Die”. The venom shown to the elderly has been shameful. Here’s a clue of the losing Bremainers, older people are more than twice as likely to vote. Democracy means that sometimes you get to be on the losing side. Learn to lose gracefully. Either that or emigrate to North Korea, you may think you will be happier!!!

    • Wow. Racism, sexism and ageism all showing up in this one. I’m hopeful that it’s like a gigantic purge of hidden toxicity that we’ll be able to sort out once it’s all out. Horrid while going through the process though. x

  15. Valorie Stricklin says:

    Thank you for such a detailed explanation of what is going on. As an American, it can be difficult to understand what is happening “across the pond.”

  16. You’re very welcome. Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  17. micky allen says:

    The one positive effect of the Brexit debate Is that it has finally delivered proof that Americans do not understand irony.

    President Obama (who had a Kenyan father) recently told the British that they would be better off being ruled by foreign based unelected leaders.

    Presumably he will shortly be informing Kenyans that, after 54 years of independence and freedom, it is once again time for them to submit to being ruled by a foreign neo-colonial master !

  18. micky allen says:

    On a more serious note this article by Philip Bobbitt is an excellent summary of the new political environment that contributed to Brexit.

    “Of the millions of words written in the past few days about Brexit — the British vote to leave the European Union — the word “State” has seldom appeared. Very few commentators seem to appreciate the one concept that unites the otherwise disparate and paradoxical elements of the Brexit vote. For unless one appreciates that the driving historical force that has brought us to this impasse is the decay of one constitutional order, the industrial nation-state, and the emergence of its successor, the informational market state, the crises brought on by Brexit will simply confound us. . . . .”

    https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/making-sense-brexit?utm_campaign=LL_Content_Digest&utm_content=Bobbitt-Brexit-essay&utm_source=email

  19. Stuart says:

    Thank you for putting your views out in public in amongst the sea of remain reggresive left hatred and outright propaganda and lies. If these people get their way and overturn article 50, they are going against the very foundation of democracy and it will never be the same again for the UK. I am Scottish and voted leave based on economic factors, plus I have studied the EU and its authoritarin agenda for 15 years now. I totally disagree with the socialist pro EU sentiment coming out of Scotland but thats free speech and we must accept it. I also find it baffling that scots want independence from Westminster but not a huge Authoritarian superatate?!?!? Also like to point out that I have met several leave voters and non have voted along racial lines. No one I know of is saying get people out. Yet the Guardian and other leftist publications are peddling fear and emotion as currency trying to lump all leave voters “by association” into the racist camp because a small minority of far right racisits have felt emboldened by the vote. This is typical of the regreasive left, no actual evidence to prove that leave was a racist vote, but a few disgusting morons shouted racist slogans and a few nasty individuals engaged in racist acts, thus ergo all of leave is racist. Its illogical and ludicrous and to suggest wanting decent effective border controls is a racist policy is even more insane. Most countries have border controls and the countries with strict border controls have done very well on the cultural diversity and economic fronts. So id end this by saying we may have won the vote but we are not out yet! This race card will continue. Lawyers are trying to say its against the constitution. They are doing everything to overturn leave and we must fight it with facts and common sense. Thank you for your efforts fighting for freedom, free speech and freedom of thought!

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