Brexit: I resent this irresponsible shift towards an anti-intellectualism that puts narcissistic populism and misplaced protest above reason and reality and then demands we suck it up because ‘Democracy’. I feel despair at the contempt for nuance and complexity; at the disregard for connection and consequence and the will to ignore the inconvenient authority of evidence and informed opinion.
Brexit. They want us to come around. See it their way. Whatever ‘it’ is. All those its…
They want us to adjust our beliefs. To invert reality. To collude in a nonsense.
They want us to stop moaning. They call it sour grapes.
They want us to stop laughing. To stop being sarcastic. Seeing the abundant ironies.
They want to see an inclusive and concerted effort to maintain the irrational and over-simplistic.
They want us to agree that unnecessary risk is necessary.
They want us to surrender. To stop criticising. Stop challenging. Stop resisting. They believe that asking pertinent questions and pointing out facts and contradictions is talking the country down.
They believe this is unpatriotic. Treasonous, even.
They believe that having respect for everyone’s right to hold and express a view automatically means that the view, itself, must be respected.
They believe we’re the liberal elite; the metropolitan elite. As if being an advocate of Liberty were now something to be ashamed of. Like, somehow, sixteenish million remain voters and the millions unable to vote were all inhabitants of a city bubble. As though those who did not vote to leave – the rest of the population – were hiding comfortably in some narrow, elevated category of established privilege.
They want to treat us as though we were the problem. They believe we are just another burdensome minority; another other, preventing them from having control over the lives of everyone who lives in their country. They want us to be the new scapegoats. They need us to be. [Given that 52% of the electorate voted for around 17 million forms of Brexit, perhaps, ironically, the 48% who voted to remain is the real majority.]
They want us to pipe down. They believe it to be our duty. Well, tough shit.