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What Does Brexit Vote Mean?

June 24, 2016

Well….this sums it up.  And does it not say much about Donald Trump and his supporters when it comes to facts not mattering?

A reader writes in the Financial Times:

A quick note on the first three tragedies. Firstly, it was the working classes who voted for us to leave because they were economically disregarded, and it is they who will suffer the most in the short term. They have merely swapped one distant and unreachable elite for another. Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors. Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel.

When Michael Gove said, ‘The British people are sick of experts,’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has led to anything other than bigotry?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2016 9:04 PM

    Wow, Solly, we finally agree!

    And what a lovely quote to put everything in its context. I’m impressed that you trotted that one out. Seriously.

  2. Solly permalink
    June 24, 2016 8:00 PM

    Right on, Peter!!! I am reminded of the lyrics from the song of another British band, the Rolling Stones, “Salt of the Earth.” “Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
    His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
    And a parade of the gray suited grafters
    A choice of cancer or polio”

  3. June 24, 2016 6:14 PM

    Trumpism and Brexit have the same roots, and that was the humongous greed and system-rigging of the power elites. And that’s why I am furious with them, be they American or British. I don’t really care how much money they have; I don’t even want to be rich. I do care that they’ve fixed things to ensure that the rest of us have no say in anything, just so they can also get their hands on that little bit of wealth the less fortunate used to divvy up amongst themselves. As such, they may have signed their own death warrants just like they did in bygone days in France and Russia. But that’s little satisfaction when we suddenly find that we’re living in a totalitarian hell. What did the Who say… “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

    Would that we won’t get fooled again. But we will.

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