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The Great Irony of the United Kingdom - A Referendum Special

28/06/2016 13:58

Strange that today, of all days, the rain stopped. Clear blue skies, sunshine, and a glimmer of hope.

Such a shame, then, that I woke up, like the rest of the country, to the news: we have left the EU.

Frankly, I'm terrified.

Yes, I'm a sore loser, of course, but I also hate it when logic and basic sense does not prevail and humanity gives me yet another reason to begrudgingly despise democracy.

People are fucking awful, aren't they? We fuck up the economy regularly, we fuck over third world countries, we fuck over the poor, we fuck over the environment... we fuck up the EU.

Rage aside, who do we point the finger at and blame?

Cameron? He used the referendum as leverage to win the last general election, something which he has inadvertently acknowledged because he campaigned for Remain. He did the right thing to step down.

Corbyn? His refusal to team up with Cameron and Osbourne may have backfired, but there's no doubt he physically travelled and campaigned across the length and breadth of the land. In many eyes, he will be deemed a failure and Labour will call for him to quit like the Tory leader. A shame, as he was never given a chance to lead successfully from the start.

Boris and Farage can just die in a hole for all I care. They have clearly manoeuvred their campaign for personal gain. Johnson wants to be Prime Minister and Farage has revealed his true form, the one we all knew: that he's an angry xenophobe lacking political nous.

As the dust settles, it seems the youth have been spectacularly failed by a disproportionate system.

We have to deal with their actions because, as sad as it is, they will not live as long as us. We, on the other hand, will bear the brunt of their decision for many decades to come.

And what about those without a voice? What about the teenagers, the 16 and 17 year olds, who were refused the vote? They too would have been unanimous to stay. Their future is more ruined than our own, a future they had no say in.

I don't blame Scotland for trying to leave the UK again, they voted to stay in the EU and have a right to do so as an independent nation. There's even murmurs of Northern Ireland leaving.

So it leaves England and Wales. Alone. A rural/urban divide, a generational divide, but a future lost.

Our economy has - as the majority of the world predicted - gone to shit. The global market is crashing. Fuel going up. Pensions evaporated. Banks panicking. This isn't some freak accident - this was well known beforehand by most think tanks, global agencies and governments. THIS IS WHY WE WERE INFORMED NOT TO LEAVE. Even if it evens out, to lessen our economy to recession standards is simply unnecessary.

Above all, what baffles me is that, for a majority of Brexiteers, their decision lay solely on immigration.

HOW IS IMMIGRATION A PROBLEM?

"Poles come here and take our jobs!"

Wow... well, first off, it's because they're better than you. Try harder and you will get another job. Or, if you simply want more jobs created: VOTE FOR A PARTY THAT WON'T IMPLEMENT AUSTERITY MEASURES.

Secondly, have immigrants even affected you personally, or was it Barry from down the pub who had a drunken rant about how some mate of his lost out to some bloke from Romania?
If personal experience dictates the opposite, then how do you even possibly know that there is a crisis?

Even if Slaven from [INSERT GENERIC EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRY] sending his earnings back home is still a problem, he is contributing to his own economy. For a lot of people this is a huge deal, but it shouldn't be. If they strengthen the economy of their own country, their ability to trade successfully with us is increased, thereby creating more jobs. Otherwise, why would we so willingly let them in? Free movement of people has benefits that emphatically outweigh the negatives.

The natural anthropological progression of mankind dictates that globalisation should unite us.

We will end up, perhaps 1000 years from now, as one global country.

This is completely and utterly logical.

Humanity originated from one spot on this planet - the Great Rift Valley in Africa - and ventured forth to the farthest corners of the globe. We developed technology. We explored and realised there were others like us. We'll skip the dominance of the White Westerners for now (and general racism) but the world is now global - 100 years ago a working class citizen would only dream of visiting London, now you can fly to Bali.
We have the internet.
We can travel to space.
Finally, all of humanity is connected once more.

And further integration beckons.

A generally accepted theory is that, with the obvious interracial relationships that occur within our newly globalised world, the future human will be mixed race. Everywhere. Fact.

In addition to this, each human on the planet is related - in fact, we're all at least 50th cousins.

We have literally severed from our own family, disowned a collaboration intended to nullify hatred which has, thus far, succeeded in preventing a third world war and allowed lesser countries to flourish, even under the immense stress of a Cold War. We have created workers' rights, human rights.

This is our progress.

So why would we vote against unity?

Against peace?

Collaboration?

The sad, brutal truth is that I cannot and should not moan. This is our reality, and, despite the irony, we should remain united in this decision and move forward, otherwise this country will totally and utterly collapse into the abyss we so willingly embraced on an unprecedented scale.

You, dear Out voter, I speak to you.

You are merely prolonging the inevitable.

The youth have spoken - we shall succeed.

I leave you with a quote by the late Jo Cox:

We have far more in common than which divides us

Goodbye and good luck.

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