The old one is now too long for newbs to engage with I fear.
The situation reflects the wider surreal turns the world has taken methinks. Someone on here said we’re in a new political world now but I think it’s more than mere politics. I can’t recall a situation where this many people have been in this much denial, happy to be in denial, and positively frothing at the mouth even though they won and anyone speaking out against Brexit publicly is almost invariably savaged. There’s such anger and hatred at play, but what they voted for wasn’t to smash the corrupt system or take back control; they voted for the status quo, if we accept the status quo is a cabal of corrupt and unaccountable people with huge power over the little guy. They’ve merely voted to shift that power from one place to another, with added poverty, inequality, racism, chauvanism, etc.
Is it as simple as a lot of the leavers knowing they done fucked up but not wanting to admit it? That they secretly know they were led up the garden path by the rich, the vested, the connect - by the very kinds people they thought they were voting against? Could it be so simple? IDK mates.
It’s probably problematic to call the attitude of Brexiteers schizophrenic, but it really is. Most obvious example is the way they harp on about Brexit being democracy in action before hysterically shrieking about the court case, tripping over themselves to ignore the huge social, economic and environmental problems we’ll all soon face with already-weak regulation of big business now prepped and ready for the pyre. And telling remain voters they lost so they should now be quiet forever doesn’t do much for the ‘we love democracy honest guv’ arguments…
I promised myself I was going to stay away from the news bcos of personal/mental health stuff but I caught Question Time by accident the other night and I am now sure we are on a deathmarch towards fascism or even worse. Again, the attitude of the leavers was really peculiar. One guy claimed to be a primary school teacher and prefaced his comment by saying he hates racism and fascism before going on to gibber uncontrollably about kids who don’t speak English and how this makes him uncomfortable. Another guy said he’s sick of hearing about the 48% and if this had been a GE it would have been a landslide so…shut the fuck up I guess?
In a way, they have the perfect argument; if by some miracle it goes well, we remainers were all cunts for naysaying and it will allow more poison to fill the spaces in the picture where things like basic human decency should be. If it goes wrong, we’re the ones at fault for not being on board, for empathising more with Johnny Foreigner than our fellow Brits, etc. The extremist views and behaviour will increase either way, but I really worry about what’ll happen to our friends from the EU and elsewhere when it likely goes tits up and everybody winds up skint and full of resentment. Then they came for me, etc.
The leavers put me in mind of a suicidal person, in a dazed or fugue like state, gazing with dark, awestruck fascination at the shotgun they’re loading. The nihilism of it all is quite creepy. Or the Springfielders burning down the observatory so a comet will never hit the Earth again.
The terminology it’s created is fucking cringeworthy and embarrassing too - Brexit, remoaners, cards on the table, best deal for Britain, etc.
The collapse is here. Follow the buzzards, etc.