I am officially ashamed of my country – if I can call it that.
Before yesterday, I was one of those people who had never voted before. If you tell people that you didn’t vote, depending on who you are, you might get an earful. People will tell you that your vote could be the difference and what not, but in some ways, all it does is make you complicit when the vote is read out. The same way that not voting does. Yesterday, I felt as if I finally had to make a stand (for my own benefit if anything). It helped that I wasn’t voting for a particular party. As I write this Labour – who I’d probably vote for – are unravelling rapidly. The result largely came about due to their lapses.
Anyway. Another reason why I’ve never bothered is that in a lot of the developed world at least, there is an increasingly ageing population. There are more over 60s than anyone else. There are so many of them that what they want is what we end up with. Apparently, they run this bitch now. America – watch out. The silver-haired people will fuck you all over and stab you in the front. That’s exactly what has happened in the UK. The UK has just held a referendum on whether or not it leaves the EU (European Union). So basically, we all voted either to ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’. Leave won. That is to say, the people who have used every dirty, racist, xenophobic trick in the book have won.
I could not be more disgusted.
And as someone who is a second generation immigrant, I unfortunately have nowhere to go. I’m a citizen of this country and I’m sure that this “win” will pave the way for bigots to target other races and nationalities next. If they can’t handle mostly white Europeans, God only knows what their views are on Black people, Asian people etc. Oh, but they will insit that they’re not racist. It’s just that immigrants are lazy. Immigrants are lazy but taking all of the jobs. Immigrants are criminals (never mind the actual British criminals). Immigrants are stealing the housing; immigrants are this and that.
Never mind the fact that there’s a HUGE difference between EU migrants and immigrants fleeing from areas that have been directly impacted by their countries actions in other countries. The ignorance is mesmerising. The stupidity, not so.
The general consensus amongst those of us who aren’t white and actually have common sense is that we are next. And that isn’t as alarmist as it sounds. There are some black people who voted for Leave. I thankfully do not know any of them personally because if I did, that would be the end. It would honestly be deuces. That being said, I am fortunate enough to live in London, which appears to be far away from the rest of the country in terms of political ideology. London is multicultural and less rigid than other parts of England. The vote in London was basically to remain in the EU. My area had one of the highest number of people voting for Remain, so I can actually walk around and not feel like I’m some sort of sitting target for people’s irrational hatred.
However, despite being the city where 22% of the GDP is generated, our votes do not matter. Scotland, Northern Ireland – who voted to remain – have to be content with what the English have done. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UK ceased to exist in the future. There’s nothing united about any of this.
It’s just a huge joke.
Basically, I’m proud to be a Londoner today but not proud to be English. I’m not proud to be British. I’m sure someone will tell me to ‘leave if I don’t like it’ – actually someone has said that to me already. It’s pathetic. I am not proud to be living in a nation where politicians can denigrate and degrade a group of people for their own political gain. I find it disgusting and shameful.
The lies and hatred spewed indirectly led to the murder of a young politician, Jo Cox, who left behind two small children. She was shot and stabbed just last week. Yet, with no irony at all, the leader of the so-called UK Independence Party words of victory claimed that they won
‘without a single bullet being fired’.
He also admitted that ‘Vote Leave’ lied over something that a majority of people voted on the basis of. They claimed that the ‘£350m’ that the UK sends to the EU every week would go into the NHS. Apparently not.
He is a disgusting person. He isn’t even an elected official yet he’s claiming this as his personal victory? Fuck off, mate.
In all honesty, my pride isn’t even the issue here, but rather that immigrants have been made scapegoats. Syrian refugees are being equated to actual European migrants. Bright, smart people are being told that they can come – but anyone else can piss off. That kind of elitist behaviour is ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that someone was killed over this – stupid alarmist, racist, xenophobic rantings aimed at a receptive audience. Just because certain areas are afraid of non-white faces. The political analysts are claiming that this is merely a ‘fuck you’ to the government. I find that hard to believe considering that these same people voted them in just last year.
And to all of those people in Northern England, the South East, Wales and so forth who voted ‘Leave’ – shame on all of you. When everything falls apart and you realise that you’ve made a mistake, nobody will feel sorry for you.
To those that didn’t vote – I’m not going to blame them because both sides of the campaign both engaged in ridiculous behaviour. That Leave won is indicative of the people who actually pay the politicians any mind. The people that actually believe that politicians aren’t economical with the truth.
To those who wanted to ‘take their country back’ — they’re welcome to it at this point. I am sure that now that they have had their racist and xenophobic attitudes validated we will see more blatant racism and discrimination. At this point, I say bring it on. Often the UK hides behind the United States’ very obvious and rampant race issues but for years they have been almost as bad – mostly on an institutional level.
It is certainly not going to stay that way. Either way, I certainly won’t be taking any bullshit from anyone.
To those who are with me and voted Remain, I certainly hope that we can all pull together. Our futures aren’t as bright as they could have been. The opportunities that are so few will become even more scarce but as things stand, that’s the mess we’ve been left with. We know in our hearts that democracy hasn’t really won today. These people didn’t vote on the basis of the EU or what was right for the young people who are the future of the country. They voted to punish the government for various reasons. They allowed Boris Johnson and Michael Gove to continue their sick, twisted power trip. Hell, they’ve put us on Donald Trump’s level.
They voted to run away from the issue instead of trying to work things out.
They took the coward’s way out. I might have to accept that but I will never see the UK in the same light again.
Oh, and just an ETA – London actually has the highest migration rate in the UK. Up to three times as much as the next highest. Yet lies and misinformation were rampant. What a great win for democracy. /s
|Yorkshire & the Humber||5.7%|
Source: Labour Force Survey, Q4
And, yes apparently I do write serious posts every now and then. Who knew?!