SUBTERRANEAN BREXIT BLUES
Perhaps the most depressing thing about the vote to leave the EU is that, what really swung the vote for Leave (as well as the obvious things of stupid racists and old people with a rose tinted view of the past) was ordinary, hardworking working class people who've been shafted by successive governments, and were then abandoned by Labour, the party they traditionally thought represented them. They were ditched as Blair courted the middle class vote, and became so pissed off they were targeted by the BNP and then UKIP, who used their anger and disillusionment to convince them that the main parties didn't care about them (which they didn't) and that immigrants were to blame for their plight (which they weren't). Most of these people aren't naturally racist, and they aren't naturally horrible or mean-spirited, they're just very very pissed off. The sad thing is, now they've got what they want, nothing will improve for them. Do they really think Farage, a multi millionaire stock broker who has somehow positioned himself as a friend to the working man, will do anything to help them? He cares even less than Blair did. They are the last people who will benefit from this. They'll see their working rights squashed, their maternity and sick pay cut. And when it takes a toll on their health, they'll find a health service even more crippled than it is now, and that they will eventually have to pay for. They've voted for 'change', and they've got it. Thing will get even worse.
Many of us now also find ourselves in a very strange position whereby we're desperately hoping we were wrong, and that all the experts were wrong, and that just about everyone we respect was wrong.