Last night we stayed up and watched 52% of our country follow a bunch of right wing elitist xenophobic privileged middle aged white men off a cliff like a bunch of lemmings. Falling for a hate filled campaign that was based on fear of other and a slogan of ‘Take Back Control’ and 'We Want Out Country Back' they fell for the notion that the UK would somehow be a better nation outside of the EU. What they actually meant was they wanted immigration to do down (it won’t) and wages it go up (they won’t)
They fell for ‘Take Back Control’ and jumped off the cliff. And they have taken the rest of us with them.
At 0430 this morning the BBC called the result for Brexit.
The immediate impact? The pound has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years, stock markets have fallen by 8% and the Prime Minister has resigned. Oh goody. Years of financial unrest ahead. Just got over the great recession and look what is coming round the corner.
They do not know what they have done. When the far right campaigners for Brexit talk about taking control, talk about wanting our country back, they were not talking about the country of working class voters who just gave them Brexit. They are talking about taking control to roll back decades of reform on workers’ rights, the welfare state, tax and spend, financial regulation, environment protections. You name it they want rid. Free market and power is the name of the game, that is their only game. They do not give a shit about the poor dupes who have been suckered into voting for them. They do not give a shit about any of us.
Here is what is going to happen next.
The Prime Minister has resigned and will hand over to the next leader of the conservative party in the Autumn. The expectation, and almost certainty is that this will be someone from the far right of the party who campaigned for Brexit. They will form a government. The people of the nation will have no say in this. None whatsoever. There will be no general election until May 2020. This will give the right wing element of the Tory party plenty of time to gut our protections.
On the other hand all the bullshit and lies they spilled to get the working class to believe they cared for them are going to come back and haunt them. Immigration is not going to stop. They are not going to put even one penny into the NHS, even though they claimed during the campaign they would give the NHS 100 million a week if we had Brexit. They hate the NHS, they cannot stand giving poor people anything in reality. They are not going to govern over a rise in living standards. You cannot have a rise in living standards when you are in recession. Cue civil unrest when those who would not normally take part in the democratic process realise how their votes have been stolen by lies.
Our country is fucked. If we can do this then so can everywhere else. Our country is fucked and it might just bring Europe down with it.
Donald Trump said this morning that he thinks this vote is a great thing. That says it all.
We have fallen down the rabbit hole and there is no way out.