Brexit Breakdown-The land of new opportunities

Four weeks ago today the UK woke up to the fact it’d had voted to leave the EU. Many of us are still struggling with this decision and even though your hardcore Brexiter thinks everything is fine, it really, really isn’t as the UK economy plunges to the worst it’s been since 2009 and we should all remember what happened then.

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A look around the internet sees Brexiters talk of ‘great new opportunities’ which will be bigger than Jesus but that isn’t the case for those of us operating in the fact-based world. There’s a broken road panning out ahead of us and with Scotland looking likely to hold a second referendum soon, Northern Ireland discussing what might be done and Spain threatening to veto the UK’s Brexit totally if we take Gibraltar with them.

Sure, the UK (or whatever’s left of it) will achieve a Brexit of some description maybe in some point in the future, but it isn’t going to be for years and it won’t keep all the Brexiters, especially the racists, happy.

And when Brexiters start tearing themselves apart it’ll be a glorious thing.

Brexit Breakdown-The hopelessness of the left in England

Here’s something few people are saying after Brexit. A large chunk of left wing people mainly in England voted to leave (Lexit it was called probably by some Hipster arsehole in media in London) because they thought it’d deliver Jeremy Corbyn into Number Ten. It didn’t. It never could have and anyone that thought that was, and is, an idiot. I get why people voted for racist reasons, or for misplaced ideas of sovereignty or to just protest and get their voice heard. I don’t like most of them but I get why people voted to leave apart from one group, and that’s those mainly on the left in England who voted to leave.

Now I know there was people of the left who did the same in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but for what seems to be different (and possibly just as daft) reasons as expecting Corbyn to march into power. For years the left in England has been looking for someone to hang a hook on and that was Corbyn, but although I think some of Corbyn’s ideas are good to fine, he’s not the answer especially when his party is still abstaining on crucial votes and may do so still on things like Trident but he’s not really the problem. The problem here lies in some of his supporters.

Brexit Strategy is a short documentary film by Elizabeth Mizon filmed in Bristol. It’s infuriating to say the least at times, but there’s a good example of what I mean when the obviously well-educated, well-off economist near the start tells us as to why she voted to leave based upon the wish of Corbyn ushering a new era of egalitarian politics.The look on her face suggests she’s realised all too late that she made a mistake and was, at best, naive, at worst a bloody idiot.

As for the film it’s a snippet as the problems of the left in England, or at least the part of the left that’s dominated by a clear and sharp middle class voice. Unlike the left in Scotland that has a mix of voices from all classes, or a fluid left in Wales where Plaid Cymru move into the space vacated by Labour in working class communities, there’s not been a left movement of late in England that has done the same. Instead the middle class has dominated speaking often abstractly of working class communities they sneer at like Emily Thornberry.

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I’m also a Bristol resident and I’ve had conversations with Labour supporting, leftish friends who on the whole wouldn’t go down a street like that to chap doors and speak to people. The problem is that part of the reason so many working class areas in England voted to leave isn’t just so their voices weren’t being heard, but that many are fed up having middle class left wingers speak for them. There’s a clear detachment with many on the left in England with the most vulnerable and that’s one of the many reasons why so many working class areas voted to leave. They were excluded and failed from the progressive politics middle class academics wanted by voting to leave, so they’ve been twice shafted.

The EU Referendum was a mess, but the English left could have looked at Scotland’s independence referendum and learned from where we went right, and more importantly, wrong and adapt that to create an argument to stay in the EU. They could have followed the example of the Radical Independence Campaign and instead of having conversations in leafy parts of Bristol like Redland or Clifton, or talking to vaguely stoned students in Stokes Croft, they got their hands dirty speaking to people in places like Hartcliffe or Knowle. It’s all very fine and well to talk of coming together now, but why did it have to take something as fucking awful as Brexit for people on the left in England to even start considering it?

It is sadly too late for England. Unlike Scotland, Northern Ireland or poor wee Gibraltar they didn’t vote to stay, and there’s no hope of turning back as the Tories cluster round Teresa May, one of the scariest prospects in a field of scary prospects for the next Prime Minister. The English left has for years had the chance to come together or at least put up a fight. It’s not. For years large chunks of the left turned a blind eye or played down what Tony Blair and Labour were doing for 13 years with things like PFI to doom future generations to debt. Now that’s not everyone, some on the English left tried, but too many looked at Brexit wrongly and naively. Now it is a gory mess that’s blown up over all our faces and they’ve helped it happen based upon nothing more than a strong wish. I hope those people get to live with themselves in the years to come.

Brexit Breakdown-Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, what is going on with Labour here?

The UK has voted to leave the EU, the UK itself hangs by a thread as Scotland and Northern Ireland mull over all plans to keep them in the EU, the Tories are stabbing each other in the back but it seems now that Andrea Ledsom is emerging as the serious candidate to challenge Teresa May which should scare us all even more as EU nationals being repatriated is something on the agenda, financial markets may have recovered some of their losses but they’re in a holding pattern waiting to see what happens and meanwhile, the Labour Party, still the official opposition, are ripping themselves apart over the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

I used to be a Labour member and supporter. Being a good socialist in Glasgow that was almost burned into my DNA, and once I’d moved to England that carried on as I helped Greville Janner get elected in Leicester. Yeah, sorry about that. In 1997 I helped get Patricia Hewitt get elected. Yeah, sorry about that too.  In 1997 I did what I could to get Tony Blair’s Labour get elected. Listen, I’m really bloody sorry about that.

What I’m saying is I was part of the Labour machine. I understood it and even in 1997 I had doubts about Blair, but we had to get rid of the Tories as it couldn’t get worse. It did. By the end of 1998 I was washing my hands of Labour. By the time of the Iraq War I hated Labour. When the Scottish Independence Referendum came round and Labour acted hand-in-glove with the Tories and used the suffering both they and the Tories had imposed upon people to scare pensioners and the working class to vote to stay while laughing about it, I despised Labour as much as the Tories.

Yet when Jeremy Corbyn became leader I was hopeful he’d sort Labour out. Sure, I’d still not vote for them personally but I’d be glad to see an actual leftish Labour Party take on the Tories rather than one that helped us get where we are right now in the most fucked up mess I’ve ever seen in my life. But for those Blairite MP’s who clung onto power bitterly and refused to speak to the SNP or Lib Dems in 2010 to form an alliance to keep the Tories out, instead choosing to leave office and let a bunch of psychopaths gain power, are now the same leading the charge against Corbyn.

As for Corbyn I don’t think he’s the answer for Labour. He’s weak, advised by some terrible people like Seumas Milne and Neil Findlay, not to mention he’s just as abstaining, just as distant to people in the North of England as the hopeless Ed Milliband was. Corbyn’s main problem is being a London MP, a resident and MP of Islington, and whose support is centred in London and the larger English cities, he appears distant and of another class to people with little or nothing who Labour gave up trying to represent. I’ve said to Labour supporting friends John McDonnell is a better choice, even if he’s also rooted to a rigid 20th century form of socialism not to mention Labour’s own support for the Union, a structure by itself helps create inequality.

But if the answer is Angela Eagle, then fuck knows how bad the question must be. Replacing a poor leader but one with hundreds of thousands of supporters at a grassroots level, with one with virtually no grassroots support, the support of Iraq War supporting MP’s and a craven London based media (I’m looking mainly at The Guardian here) is political suicide, especially when the UK is as we speak essentially broken probably forever. Right now the Tories are vulnerable and open for real attack so the official opposition tears itself apart because they’re more interested in having power for the shits and giggles rather than using that power for us all to have better lives. The Tories are allowed to have their ceremonial appointment of the next Prime Minister and the official opposition aren’t functional either as that, or a political party anymore.

So well done Labour. You’ve helped make this week even worse.

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Brexit Breakdown-Fear and Loathing

As I speak in the UK we have no stable Westminster government. Jeremy Corbyn is seeing his Shadow Cabinet fall apart around him and looks increasingly like he won’t last the week so we have no stable opposition in Westminster. The EU want us gone, but Nicola Sturgeon is speaking to EU officials and leaders this week as a poll puts support for Scottish independence at a staggering 59%. Reports of racist attacks across England specifically are seemingly too many to take in as they all seem to be in the wake of the Brexit vote. There are worries when the world markets open in the morning with the Tokyo Stock Exchange who saw an 8% fall on Friday. The Cornish Pasty is also under threat which you may laugh at, but this is serious.

Corbyn’s position is the big story of today though. He’s under siege and frankly, I’ll be astonished if he’s seen as a credible leader by the electorate after this. Sure, his followers will support him and he may cling onto being defeated in a general election but Corbyn’s had an appalling referendum campaign as this splendid article outlines. I watched his Sky News EU Referendum debate and it’s worth looking back at it now in hindsight only six days later. He’s very good at speaking to his core, but he’s lost when he’s not. However I don’t lay all the blame at Corbyn’s feet for the failure of Labour to keep the working class outwith of big English cities onside. That blame can be traced back to Neil Kinnock who started splitting the party, but the real blame lies squarely at Tony Blair’s feet and while Corbyn’s just crap, Blair changed things for the former industrial working class to the point where their voice wasn’t heard by Labour. They took them for granted.

This Guardian article on Leave voters is very good. It’s worth reading and paying attention to. These aren’t racists or ‘chavs’ (the pejorative its fine for the English middle class left to use against the English working class) but ordinary people who have been ignored. And yet, this weekend friends of mine are sharing this petition to have a second referendum which if ever recognised (it won’t be, but stick with me a second) means the middle class voice is treated with more weight than the working class voice. Now there’s already racists on the street beating people up. They were always going to be empowered but if you anger the working classes who have been ignored, insulted and patronised and there isn’t a progressive party coming into to fill the void as there was with the SNP in Scotland and to a vastly lesser extent Plaid Cymru in Wales, where do you think these people will end up being forced towards as a further protest vote?

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So I get the anger, but I’m done with a vast chunk of the English left who are spending today ripping themselves apart instead of leading. You should be reaching towards the people who voted leave who are concerned about jobs, housing and yes, immigration. Make the case, go speak to them, not on Twitter, but face-to-face. Arrange food bank drives. Show you actually give a fuck. Don’t sit there sneering. Do something productive with all that energy.

Yet, all I see today is sneering, recriminations, fear and loathing. This is not going to be solved with sneering and frankly, insultingly undemocratic petitions and people adopting moral superiority when if Remain had won and Leave had done this they’d be mocking them for it.

England is split. It is now a darker place not just for immigrants outwith the UK, but outwith of England and that includes me, a Scot who has lived in England for 28 years. I can of course go back to Scotland where at worst, there’s at least a lair of insulation and as regular readers of this blog know, this is happening but is on hold due to me currently having cancer. But nothing is going to be solved by making people often ignored even more marginalised and rightfully dismissive of a great swathe of the middle class left in England. Your only choice is to get out there and make the alternative argument or you hand the dominant politics in England to the right, even the far right, for a generation at least and you know what, you’ll be partly to blame.

Brexit Breakdown-The Day After

For many this weekend they’re breaking down in years and crying at the EU referendum result.

The UK has voted to leave the EU. The EU want us gone as if we’re a dodgy kebab we’ve had on a really bad night out on the lash. For those crying and demanding a second referendum by signing a petition, or listening to Damon Albarn cry on about ‘a lack of democracy’ may I make it clear that you’re wasting your time. You lost the argument. Stop blaming others and get off your knees, dry your eyes, work out how to fix this mess because the UK (well, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have other plans possibly but they voted to remain) is leaving the EU. The EU have started that process now and it’s not going to stop.

I know fine well what it’s like to lose a referendum I supported with all I could. It is utterly horrible. I also know what it’s like to get a grip and work out the next moves. Things are changing, especially in Scotland. Former No supporters coming out in favour of a second referendum, including the rampant Unionist J.K Rowling, and the Daily Record printing this today.

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Meanwhile Dan Hannan and other Brexiters try to claw back their lies while members of the public call Boris Johnson a cunt.

We’re through the looking glass people. We are essentially living in anarchic times and its scary as hell. Luckily the weekend provides a wee lull in things but trust me, gird yourself because Monday won’t be fun. I don’t have a clue what’ll happen but it’s probably going to be awful.

A Brexit is happening & it’s fucked it all up

This is how I feel this morning.

The UK has voted to leave the EU, or more exactly, England and Wales have, Scotland and Northern Ireland haven’t. The older generations have voted to leave, younger generations haven’t. People have decided to cut themselves off from a larger Europe, get rid of immigrants and send a message to Johnny Foreigner. They’ve empowered the Tory hard to far right, Nigel Farage and the sort of people who think the murder of Jo Cox was a ‘false flag’. Imagine waking up at Glastonbury this morning and finding this news out?

Those thinking the Tories would rip themselves apart and call a snap election should now note the Tories are uniting to ensure that happens because that’s what the Tories do, they cling onto power when they can. Anyhow, England and Wales have voted for a Brexit under hard to far right conditions, and if anyone can sit here in on Friday morning and say the Leave campaign didn’t fight a racist, bitter angry campaign designed to whip up fear of immigrants and ‘foreigners’. The main line they used of the £350 million we ‘give’ to the EU (a figure the Leave campaign was told was a lie) , something Nigel Farage has said ‘is a mistake’.

This morning fear, xenophobia, hatred of immigrants, Muslims and Europeans have won. I’m watching Nigel Farage on the BBC right now full of piss and vinegar empowered beyond belief. He’s imprinting himself upon the media as the winner. His is the vision that won this.It was based upon hate and racism, but he’s won.

And here’s Jeremy Corbyn. Less said about his appalling attempts in this campaign the better.

So it’s around 7.30AM, the media is waiting for David Cameron to make a statement. The UK economy is tanking before the UK markets even open, and the pound is falling. The UK is to lose it’s AAA rating which means the international community sees us as a bad credit risk, which means a UK government can’t borrow what it can now, which means it has less money than now. Added to the fact that many immigrants settled here may leave and take their tax with them then we’re heading for a big black hole.

There’s pudgy middle aged politicians and leave campaigners smiling. Not one non-white face. Lots of nice public school voices. You think by voting leave you’d get rid of the elites? You’ve just fucking empowered them you dumb, stupid fucking cunts because you believed Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson!

And yet some good may come from this. Scotland may become independent. Ireland may reunify. The bigots and racists are exposed. If the promises made in this campaign don’t happen the backlash against this part of the UK establishment that’s just grabbed power will be enormous.

But dear god, you’ve done it. You’ve voted to leave. I hope you’re willing to live with what you’ve done.

Today is the day of the EU Referendum and we need to remember one thing

Apart from the fact you should all vote, remember this…

Tomorrow, the cunts will still be in charge, we’ll be able to decide whether it’s cunts like Cameron and Osborne, or the utterly fucked up prospect of a further right, harder Tory leadership with Nigel Farage licking their arses for a glimpse of power.

One leaves us in the EU and Europe, not ostracised by the planet for being a bunch of closed minded, paranoid, racist arseholes, and the other leaves us totally at the mercy of free-market ideologists. The former at least leaves us a chance of forming an opposing argument as Scotland has shown, the latter leaves us fucked. Either way, tomorrow the cunts will still rule over us, but there’s two futures; one where we can get rid of them, one where it’ll be hard to and the damage done by removing us from the EU will be irreparable.

The latter leaves us totally fucked at the hands of cunts that makes the cunts that are Cameron, Osborne and all the other useless cases at the top of the Tories and Labour look like something from CBeebies. Choose wisely today and vote to Remain to fight the cunts while still being part of an EU and a Europe who we can stand with as opposed to against.

Don’t let the utter cunts win!

Swords of a Thousand Men: The Last Day of the EU referendum campaign

Today is finally the last day of campaigning in the EU referendum and this miserable, hopeless exercise that started as a Tory Party dispute and an attempt by the even more hard right of the Tories to grab power which has now ended up in a sewer full of lies, bigotry, ethnic nationalism, English/British exceptionalism, sneering, racism and the death of a British MP finally closes. Last night saw a Chris Morris sketch from The Day Today become real as David Dimbleby presented Question Time from Wembley Arena.

As opposed to Scotland’s independence referendum, this hasn’t seen the rise of democratic debate among people disenfranchised, it has seen the total success of fact free ‘debate’ from both the shrill, scaremongering Remain side, and the shrill, scaremongering and racist Leave side. People believe the UK gives £350 million a week, a lie. Some people may also believe Gordon Brown’s claim that a Remain vote will bring half a million new jobs to the UK, also a lie. There has been no great quality of debate at all with most televised debates ending up in shouting and anger.

I’ve already voted to stay in the EU, not because of any great love of the EU, but because the benefits (free movement, human rights, employments laws, being part of Europe) is important even if the EU isn’t the efficient machine it could be. I don’t want to support the Leave campaign’s horrendously racist campaign, because here’s the thing, if you vote to leave based upon a fear of Turkey joining then I’m sorry, but you’re a fucking bigot. That doesn’t mean I think all people voting leave are bigots or racists, there will after all be bigots and racists voting to stay, but the leave campaign has racism at it’s core and I reject that.

But there’s a number of people that have had a shocking campaign with just a few having decent campaigns. Lets start with those who’ve had a shocker:

Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn’s an old socialist in the Labour mold. He’s been against the EU for decades, and his campaigning in this referendum has been full of carefully drilled in platitudes that he’s been coached to an inch of his life to say like he’s meaning it. It doesn’t wash though. His performance on Sky this week was dreadful as he was clearly uncomfortable speaking to people who aren’t his core and that should worry Labour in England. If he can’t connect with people outwith his supporters then Labour has issues, but overall Corbyn’s had a shocker.

Old British Socialists

There’s going to be a number of the left voting to leave. If the argument to leave had been based round a progressive politics and a reform of UK democracy, I’d have considered to have voted to leave. It hasn’t. It’s been based around extreme free market neoliberal economics, English/British exceptionalism and racism. If you vote to leave because you think people are going to ‘come to their senses’ and vote Labour, or that the Tories will collapse after the referendum and kick themselves out of power then think again. It isn’t the 1970’s or 80’s. Socialism has moved on and the old tired Labour model needs updating.

David Cameron

There is not one single sane, sensible reason we should be having this referendum in 2016 unless you want to leave, yet Cameron wants to stay. Basically, he’s fucked up. He thought he’d have a nice, short campaign running at the same time as national elections in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, not to mention local and Mayoral elections in England. He thought people would be distracted with summer as after all, it’s Glastonbury, the Euros are on and people are off on holiday yet the short, contracted campaign has ensured a Big Complex Subject like the EU which needed a longer, more informed debate has been reduced to arguments about bananas and Hitler.

He faces either the last day or so in power as there’s no way he can remain as Prime Minster and Tory leader if he loses the vote, or to cling on by the skin of his teeth with the harder, more far right arm of his party chipping away at him for however long he manages to cling on. The only person he can blame is himself.

Boris Johnson

Johnson started this campaign as the heir apparent to Cameron. He ends it as someone contemptible, repulsive and so abhorrently full of shite who may have pissed in his soup in terms of becoming leader of the Tories and Prime Minister, which this is what all of this is about. If Cameron wasn’t so shite scared of losing his job before he decides to leave he’d not have shat it and ran a referendum now.

Johnson’s been a shambles in all the debates he’s been part from. He’s used the clearly xenophobic ‘we want our country back’ phrase coined by the far right UKIP while avoiding any real intelligent debate. He’s now aping this speech.

Yes if it is a Leave vote, Johnson is empowered. He’s won. He’s of value to the Tories because forget the idea of the Tories tearing themselves apart, I mean, they may, but I’m also possibly a small 8 year old child named Melanie.  The Tories are exceptionally good in coming together to keep power, they have done and will do because the fact is traditional politics is changing. Just as Corbyn has issues trying to update Labour’s version of socialism, the Tories know they have problems updating to the 21st century so Johnson’s solution is to forget even trying and drag the country back.

What do you really think Johnson means when he says ‘taking back control’?Do you think that’s to do with your democracy? Does it fuck.

The Media

With one or two exceptions like Jon Snow or Paul Mason, the media has been a crowd of useless, elitist, sneering, wankers. They’ve failed to understand why people are angry with the mainstream and failed to understand why people feel lost and angry because the media has failed to hold power to account, instead choosing to cosy up to that power.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage is a far right racist with borderline fascist tendencies. He’s an unapologetic liar and he’s actually had not a bad campaign by his standards as after all, he’s whipped up hate against immigrants, especially Muslims, ‘lefties’ and anyone who isn’t a racist like he is. He’s a vile, and I think, genuinely evil figure who is rejected by most of us, yet he’s still there like a cancer that won’t go. He’s destroyed any last idea he’s not a racist, but he doesn’t care. He’s motivated bigots and scared people.He’s had a disaster of a campaign but he’s also had a good one, especially if we leave and shows his value to a Tory Party desperate for all those votes he’ll bring with him.

I will say some people have ran a good campaign to Remain, Alan Johnson, Alex Salmond and Caroline Lucas have made some great speeches and stood head and shoulders above the likes of Farage, but with the campaign for weeks dominated by Cameron’s threats and Labour under Corbyn doing nothing what was imprinted upon people was the shrill Tory upon Tory campaign at the start. There’s been on the whole a terrible campaign that’s only ended up in a quagmire of British nationalism, racism, hate and fear which frankly you can trace back to Better Together’s campaign in the Indyref. There’s a direct line of sight from Scottish politicians making the word ‘foreigner’ into a pejorative to Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson whipping up fear of Turks as a bunch of terrorist criminals who will rape you, your wife and your cat while waving scimitars in the air.

Yet as abhorrent as the racism of the Leave campaign is, I’m tired of the smug middle class bullshit of the Remain campaign. Post a list of business leaders who want to remain?That isn’t an argument? Post a video of Richard Branson saying he’d like to stay? Snap, the same. That isn’t going to convince undecided voters because these people may be people in this case I’m forced to agree with, but it doesn’t mean that people undecided think that.

Also, if anyone voting to leave thinks they wake up on Friday in an independent country then they’re a fool, and when it all goes wrong do you know what you do, you suck it up and try as much as you can to rectify your mistake because there’s a damn good chance you end up like this.

Do you think that woman didn’t realise what the Tories are or how the system works? Possibly, but when she looked at the Tories she thought it’s be someone else they fucked over not her, and the same is true her. It isn’t other people going to be fucked over by a leave vote, it’s you and ask yourself why supporters of tax havens like Boris Johnson would want to leave the EU?

It isn’t racist to be concerned about immigration. It is racist to demonise them, dehumanise them and Other them. If you think immigration will be under control (whatever that actually means) after a Brexit then think again. However a progressive politics have to deal with these concerns and make the case for immigrants, to be part of a larger union and no, as a supporter of Scottish independence there isn’t a contradiction. The UK and EU are different things which is where I think the pro-EU vote the polls suggest in Scotland and Northern Ireland suggest a greater understanding of politics, plus where the real villain in all this is which is the political system of Westminster politics which isn’t going to change. Vote leave and you think that’s going to change?

We’ll find out on Friday morning, but this isn’t over regardless. Farage isn’t going back in his box. The xenophobia won’t go. The lies and bullshit will have consequences. The racism won’t go. The climate that led up to the murder of Jo Cox by a far right British racist is still there. My hope is that people do pull back from the brink regardless of the result, but my fear is that they’ll go on instead into the future raging.

They’re hypocrites so fuck them too-The Last Days of the EU Referendum

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.

A few words about Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, was on Robert Peston’s programme this morning where he said he was a ‘victim of hatred’ because he’s challenging the establishment.. He also suggested that the death of MP Jo Cox would hold back the Remain camp in the EU Referendum.

Now forget about the bile rising in your throat a minute as you see a figure who has caused so much division say this while making the death of Cox out to be a benefit (because that’s what he’s doing) to his side in this referendum that seems to find new depths to sink to on a daily basis.This is Farage doing his usual shtick Everyone’s a liar, the other side are cheats, use you gut, think from the heart, make Britain GREAT again while speaking in a low sotto voice to impart a sense of gravitas in something that has the gravitas of a night out at your local Wetherspoons.

On Thursday Farage unveiled his latest attack poster.

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There’s no defending that as part of a sensible debate on immigration. It’s given up even trying to have that debate because Farage has never, ever been interested in that. Instead we get this sub-BNP rhetoric that ’50 million Turks will come to the UK and they’ll bring their criminals’. It’s dehumanising. It’s abhorrent yet it plays on desperate people’s fears as well as people like the person that killed Jo Cox. It creates a level of debate where because you’re not dialling it back you can only accelerate it which is what Farage seems to want to do.

Yet Farage benefits from immigration. His wife is German. His children grow up sharing her culture but here’s Farage wanting to close off the shared European culture we’ve enjoyed for decades for the majority. Now I know the Leave campaign has said they won’t extradite EU immigrants living here, but they’ve also made it clear any new immigrants would have to jump through hoops, and anyhow, those from the EU living here have been disenfranchised, dismissed, and generally hated upon by a large section of the Leave campaign which is looking to drive down wages further by not drawing in labour from the EU, but the Commonwealth.

See, if you think pulling out the EU is going to make the UK a dream where everyone works and it’s houses for all think again. The EU immigrants living here pay taxes, contribute socially, financially and culturally, and yes, some claim benefits. They’re also here within the framework of the EU, so we share universal human rights, benefits, etc. Remove us from the EU and that shared culture, economy and social life goes as many EU immigrants living here feel fearful and scared of what the UK (or what’s left of it) is going to become. Once you start drawing labour from the Commonwealth, and lets be honest here, there’s many in the Brexit campaign who are looking to draw labour from Commonwealth countries who are still basically Third World countries. Cheaper labour, less human rights, alienated and scared immigrants working within the Sports Direct/Uber model, ‘British rights for British people’, greater intolerance. There’s the vision of the future Farage is really selling you, not of a Britain leaving the EU and going back in time to pick up where it left off in Farage’s mythical past.

Farage is a bigot, a racist and a hateful figure. Yes, he’s the subject of hate because he generates so much division, hatred and spite against not immigrants or refugees, but people. The same people we share our lives with, talk to, work with, sleep with, marry, have families with. That’s who Farage is spouting his daily three minute hate against and by ignoring the source of the hate that’s blossomed from Farage and his ilk, the media make it abstract, they hide the cause of the bile, hatred, spite and violence people face every single day thanks to Farage. Even worse, treating Farage as a ‘celebrity’ normalises that hate as after all, he can’t be a racist hatemonger if he’s on funny  programmes can he?

Now, I’m not saying every Brexiter is a racist but every racist will vote Brexit because that’s an inane sixth form piece of bullshit that also avoids dealing with the truth that there’s going to be racists and bigots voting to stay. There are people on both sides with very good sensible democratic reasons to do what they’re going to do.What I’m saying is that Farage is a racist, a bigot and a dangerous man who stands on the brink of having everything he’s fought for in his life validated. Whether he has a position in a post-Brexit government is another matter, but he’ll be empowered like never before and whatever happens post Brexit, he will be a force unless we make a choice to reject him on Thursday. Other Brexit campaigners like Michael Gove, a man I have no time for normally, are at least attempting to moderate their rhetoric and I applaud him for that. Farage doesn’t give a flying fuck.

Making a decision like this, based on the debate (and I use that term loosely) we’ve had isn’t going to make the UK a more progressive place. It gives power to the likes of Nigel Farage. It endorses his argument. It makes hate win. Look at Farage and think if you want to wake up on Friday with him having won and then think if you’re willing to live with the consequences of that?