I am dismayed by the English & Welsh vote to leave the EU. I am not surprised by the English vote, indeed I have been worrying about it for the last six months. The Welsh I had thought would see which side their bread was buttered on... But alas no.
I will be angry for some time as this is electoral self-harm on an epic scale.
But I am just as angry at the reaction of the remain lobby who jump to label all those who voted to leave as fascists and racists. This is as stupid as that which they accuse of their opponents.
I can completely understand why people voted at they did:
And it starts with this marvellous maths meme on the Iceland football team who recently beat the English (which is very funny)
I keep asking myself how on earth did 17.4 million people vote to leave the European Union. And of course the answer is that they didn't.
Utterly invented but indicative tally of people who voted leave:
And before anyone gets upset the same thing applies to those who voted remain (ie there were lots of different reasons that added up to slightly fewer than the above).
The point is that plebiscites are the tools of politicians who don't actually care what the people think but just want to manipulate them (this is probably still part of the GCSE History curriculum). They are the tools of demagogues and dictators.
David Cameron didn't have the courage or the decency to put remaining in the EU in the Conservative manifesto. He thought he could split the vote and win or narrowly win the election and then either avoid altogether or manage the electorate through a referendum. But people don't like being managed or patronised or talked down to.
Jeremy Corbyn is almost as responsible for his abjectly wet attempt to support remain. But so is Nick Clegg for destroying the Liberal voice in the UK. So is Tony Blair for not introducing Proportional Representation and making people in non-marginal communities actually think that their vote mattered (oh and for invading Iraq). Likewise the entire union movement for giving us Ed Millband and then Jeremy Corbyn. Likewise Margaret Thatcher for undermining society as a whole. And so on through Callaghan, Wilson, Heath etc. Likewise the fourth estate for the most pathetic failure to hold both sides of the campaign to account for their shocking lies and exaggerations.
This is not a triumph of democracy. It is an abject failure.
We might as well have a revolution...