I watched David Cameron taking a verbal kicking last night on the BBC’s Question Time EU Referendum special to the point that at times, I actually nearly felt sorry for Cameron, a man who has done things I utterly reject and despise. Maybe it was the attitude that ‘experts’ aren’t be listened to, or when trying to explain the concept of risk assessment he was sneered at, or the look of dawning horror as to what’s been unleashed when people were discussing whether the children of immigrants (or refugees, nobody is concerned now at draw a distinction between them on the Leave side) should be looked after as we have a duty of care to protect them or to tell them to fuck off because they might grow up and claim benefits. I think at that point Cameron had a mix of revulsion and realisation that everything the Tories have stirred up over the decades has come to this.
The main attitude from the audience and indeed, many like that supporting Brexit was that of an aggressive ignorance veering into xenophobia and anti-intelletualism. Cameron’s a hypocrite so fuck him. Experts, what do they know, fuck them. Corbyn, lefty prick, fuck him. Scots, fucking Jocks, fuck them. Northern Irish, fuck them! Steven Hawking?What the fuck does he know, fuck him!!
In this climate where everyone is deemed a liar, a hypocrite or worse, the likes of Nigel Farage infect public debate. He’s said today Cameron’s making capital from the death of Jo Cox. Now, I despise what Cameron’s done to this country and its people but he’s handled the situation over Cox’s murder well mainly because he’s looked human as opposed to a glazed ham in a suit. He’s looked shocked because he’s probably realised (as many MP’s probably have) that could have been him as the far right are now well and truly motivated now. So I grudgingly praise the man for letting through a chink of humanity. If I can do it, you’d think anyone can but not Farage, a man now clearly and openly pitching to the sort of lunatic that thinks Jo Cox’s murder was a ‘false flag’. As has been said my many, we’re in a fact free politics where people’s rightful cynicism of the political system is being exploited by a hateful little racist prick like Farage.
When everyone is a liar, or a hypocrite, or a prick, or when there’s no progressive alternative to a hard right Tory agenda (Scotland being an exception in the UK) thanks to Labour being a hollowed out shell of its former self, what do we expect? This isn’t going away and whatever happens on Thursday people’s anger has to be dealt with and one of those ways to to give alternatives yet the Remain side instead has held up threats and bullying as the alternative and too late called in the likes of Nicola Sturgeon or Caroline Lucas to give a more intelligent argument to stay, Your Farage’s or Katie Hopkins only need to shift blame from themselves by calling everyone a liar while sitting there smugly knowing they’re dragging the debate down into the shit-filled bat they inhabit and they’ll get what they want. They might not get a Brexit, but they’ll have poisoned the well and that’s enough for them.
Lastly, a word for John Oliver’s piece on his programme on HBO this week. It’s good, very good, and Oliver (a man who does get angry at things) is at times trying hard to hold himself back here. This is 15 minutes or so of brilliant television.