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June 27, 2016

I am in mourning. Not for my much-loved aunt, whose ashes we buried in her home village in Hampshire yesterday: she had been longing for release. But I feel bereaved, angry, embarrassed and ashamed. A capricious vote by (some of) the 52% caused an immediate fall in global markets representing a loss in wealth of 2.7% across the entire world. The richest will hang on for better times. Both here and (more importantly) in the developing world, it is the poorest who will suffer most. How can we possibly justify this?

The EU is not perfect, but it was the best we had and we have now given up any chance of helping to improve it. This was far too important a decision to be left to an electorate fed lies by media whose owners’ wealth is safely squirreled away in tax havens. Well done Cameron; you have driven a wedge between neighbours, between workmates, between young and old, between England and Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician I have heard talking sensibly.

Xenophobes seem to think they have been given a licence to bully. There was a shocking report on Radio 4 this morning of violence and verbal abuse directed in general at people perceived as being foreign and in particular at Polish people. Even school-children!  Hitler could not have been defeated without Polish assistance seventy years ago, and our NHS today could not function without them. The care home in which my aunt was lovingly nursed for her last two years is staffed largely by skilled, cheerful, conscientious and compassionate Polish and other guest-workers. And yes, they are paid the living wage.

As usual, Gerry Cordon put it succinctly: “Brexit, pursued by despair”.




6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane Paterson permalink
    June 27, 2016 2:28 pm

    I so agree. It is just devastatingly sad and frightening. I weep for my grandchildren.

  2. sueboylepoetry permalink
    June 27, 2016 3:19 pm

    Dear Barleybooks
    How can you so confidently insult 52% of your fellow citizens by accusing them in this blanket way of voting ‘capriciously’? Do you know what was in each of those many million minds when they posted their votes or went into the polling booths?

  3. June 27, 2016 10:04 pm

    Fair point. No doubt most of the 52% could give good reasons for their choice. Some just wanted to register a protest, and said later that they regretted what they had done. I can understand anyone feeling uncomfortable about agreeing with Cameron. But the alternative is agreeing with Farage!

  4. Adrian Trowbridge permalink
    June 28, 2016 6:03 am

    Well unfortunately that democracy mate and if you don’t like it perhaps you should move to North Korea ?

    • July 23, 2016 5:51 pm

      Democracy gave me both a government and an opposition that wanted a “remain” vote. And I’m not your mate.

  5. Mary permalink
    September 13, 2016 6:09 pm

    You have, again, managed to put my convoluted thoughts eloquently and concisely.
    You’re a hero, which David Cameron was not. He was a spineless leader far too concerned with pleasing a few far right colleagues and he made a huge mistake allowing this to go to a vote.
    Well said.

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