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Complexity  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Anger over 'Bregret' as Leave voters say they thought UK would stay in EU

The damage is done.

FTSE crash.

Sterling crash.

Financial repercussions across the world.

EU leadership calling for “a swift resolution” to the exit negotiations (quite rightly, to protect the union). They don’t want us any more and want to make an example of us to other EU states.

Right wing EU parties calling for their own referenda. We legitimised that.

US voicing a clear reluctance to favouring trade negotiations with UK over the larger and more efficient EU trading bloc.

Our Prime Minister resigns. No viable replacement.

Our EU Commissioner (who was a euroskeptic but changed his views over his career) resigns. No envisioned replacement.

(These two would have been instrumental in any informed or strategic negotiations.)

Edit 27/6/16: Virtually the entire shadow cabinet resigned or fired citing vote of no confidence in the opposition leader.

Key promises from Brexit campaigners withdrawn literally the day after (Part of the platform was: a reduction in immigration, now rephrased as a reexamination and implementation of a points based system; the £350mm paid out to the EU channeled into NHS, the privatisation of which was a sore point in the UK for years, that promise now considered "a mistake". I mean, that one they had printed on a campaign bus.)

Scotland calling for another separation referendum, will probably get it and will probably separate whatever happens.

English society now philosophically and morally split across wealth (more so), age (will take a generation to heal) and race (between closet racists and settled immigrant nation).

Cryptoracists posting notes through Polish immigrants' letterboxes demanding the "Polish vermin leave". Gove, a man so devoid of charisma one may now Google his name and accidentally fear one typed "Mr Bean", reviled for a late campaign quote "we've had enough of experts" now calling to hire hundreds of experts. Exit interviews with voters who thought their call to leave would prevent Syrian refugees migrating illegally in rubber boats but had "no problem with Europeans" living and working in the UK, or misunderstood that voting to leave might secure a result to leave.

I mean as divine comedies go, it's certainly diverting, but I rather wish I'd stayed home and watched a drama on Netflix.





johnnyFive  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Coming from the other side of the pond, the Schadenfreude is strong.

Of course, we have our own Stupid Populism thing going, so come November I may feel a little more empathetic.

Devac  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Cryptoracists posting notes through Polish immigrants' letterboxes demanding the "Polish vermin leave".

What, that's still a thing? And to think that I was assuming that I have visited England in their shittiest anti-Pole state. Good for them, at least if they have any capacity to learn from this experience. Sorry, but this hits close enough to home and personal shitty experience. I know that not strictly all Brits are dickheads, but the reptilian brain in me can't help but smirk at this show of dumbassery. I know, that's shitty of me as well.

Looks with contempt at the pile of letters from Cambridge Turns out that I made a really good decision by staying.

Complexity  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  
Devac  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This post is not directed to anyone in particular here. If you get angry at me, do me a favour and take some deep breaths. I'm annoyed enough without someone lashing at me. I don't have a beef with you, I'm angry at generalization and respond as well. OK? Cool.

    Polish-language newspaper Nasze Strony wrote that Poles who are already scared about the effects of the Brexit vote did not expect to be harassed after the results.

How the fuck is that Polish fault? That's like having your car stolen by tour own stupidity (say, leaving it open and with keys on the board) and violently kicking arse of some random passerby 'because reasons'. I don't deny that I might be vastly uninformed on the issue, that said I have but one thing to say to such people: suck it up and stop blaming foreigners. Why not blame Indians while England is at it? It's not like I did not see twice as many of them than Poles while I was visiting.

Britain, get your shit together. Do that stiff upper lip that you are so fond of saying and take the head out of your collective arse. It improves blood flow in the brain and shows that there are better scents than own fart.

Sorry for outburst, I'll try to keep away from this otherwise good discussion and don't even expect more than scorn from you guys (although I don't think I deserve it, it's not like most of you would not be just as angry in my place), but that whole bullshit almost makes me sympathize with staunchest of Polish defenders. Just… fuck it, I'm going for a walk.

rezzeJ  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't think you need to worry about any scorn from this community in response to these sentiments. Your exasperation reflects the way a lot of us in Britain feel towards those that fuelled the leave campaign with fear-mongering and bigotry.

And, forgetting even the actual ramification of this vote, this is one of the reasons I think that the whole thing is so worrying. It used to be the case that you look at votes for such things and think: "it's scary that many people think like that, but they're in a minority." However, now a campaign full of lies and hate has actually claimed a majority.

Devac  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks. That judgement upon community was presumptuous on my part, sorry. I'm thinking a bit clearer now.

However, part of me can't believe in this. I'm doing my best to keep away from bias, do my own research and achieve conclusions most of the time. My views are hardly radical in any direction, maybe aside of providing better funding to scientific and medical research, but that's my own recognized bias. I don't feel (at least lasting) hate toward anything or anyone, try to really apply "let's be excellent to each other" phrase in my life and be as reasonable as my own emotions and passion allow me.

But then I see… this. Hate, preconceptions, manipulation of data and generally proclaiming isolationism and borderline patriotism (I think you know what word I almost used here) as good values. That breaks my heart on a level so fundamental that I have trouble finding words to describe it. I was wholeheartedly convinced that majority of people moved past it. That we, as a species, go toward progress and make steps toward understanding and unity. My limited knowledge of modern history shows slow but steady forward steps in that direction and it gives me hope. That we are becoming aware of our wilder or animalistic motives and natures and use it to find a way to work past it. Even when facing tragedies, both recent and ones that I read about in archives, I remind myself that we go forward.

But right now, at this very moment, I feel like someone from Star Trek universe plunged into Crusade era.

I'm past anger at this point. I want to break and cry and the only thing that stops me is the fact that it will not solve anything. But I can't even see anything that could be of any furthering use, even though I am perfectly aware that I am exaggerating my own view due to non-rational reasons.

EDIT: Of course, to make it clear, oftentimes I can make a fairly benign comment and yet a lot of people on Hubski will start at best being derisive dicks toward me and my opinions. Either publicly or via PM or taking it out to the IRC. So, let's consider my judgement as not presumptuous but in this case I was aligned with hive-mind enough to get some level of understanding. So don't think that I don't find myself treated with a vastly different standard than a lot of the 'old guard' here. Which is, admit it, rather shitty of people.

Complexity  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Devac, I was going to post with a heavy heart an album of screen captures of reports of abuse and actual physical violence that has begun since the morning of the results but I decided it just makes for depressing reading.

There are roots of bigotry concealed in the country from which, thanks to privilege of wealth, education and geography, I have been insulated from and never inherited. They have been nurtured over the last 20 years by domestic economic policy and this week bloomed into an ignorant, malformed flower.

It's from a very tiny minority. It's no excuse. I've been away from that place for 15 years now. I returned, recently, for work. I'm disgusted with the ongoing sociological disaster. I've no idea if I will stay.

Devac  ·  2942 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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kleinbl00  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was watching Sky TV as the results went down; in the same sentence, they pointed out that Scotland had voted almost 2 to 1 to stay in the union but argued that if the voter turnout in Scotland had been higher - believe it was like 69% - the UK might not be dealing with this calamity.

Yeah. Sky was basically saying that that the Scots were to blame, despite every single borough coming out in favor of remain.

Devac  ·  2946 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Och, obviously that must be true. On the other hand, if the Scotland would have a 100% turnout and the ~1300000 people who did not vote cast their votes to "remain" it could actually change the decision… by about 38000 votes. That's only 14000 votes more than rejected ballots.

Data taken from: http://www.bbc.com/news/politics/eu_referendum/results

Assumed Population of Scotland as about 3987370 people obtained by:

  (pro_votes + con_votes) / "decimal form of turnout"

Amount of people who abstained in Scotland derived by simple subtraction as: 1307857

Difference between total amount of votes in UK totaling in 1269501 obtained by:

  total_UK_remain - total_UK_leave = 17410742 - 16141241 = 1269501

Difference between the above result and Scots who did not vote:

  Scots_abstained - above = 1307857 - 1269501 = 38356

Now that's a fucking slim margin. That's less than one percent of total electorate and guilt shifted at the only country that completely voted to remain. Of course it's their fault. Not that my very own margin of error is around that amount.

That's a fucking joke. I had to do this math above just to see it myself. I actually wanted to not believe you klein, sorry about that but I think you can get my disbelief. This is a god damned pathetic play on part of media and everyone who does not have the stones to deal with consequence. And to think that I don't consider myself all that responsible for my actions when comparing myself to most people. Thanks for telling me about that one.