I watched with the horror of the doom I’d been awaiting since the PM announced we’d have the In/Out vote happen. Despite occasional hints of optimism the thing I feared happened. Farage turned it into a debate about immigration and won. We are heading out of Europe.
Certainly racism and xenophobia played its part, but we never saw the discussions on real concerns for many people such as the proper economic arguments or what the EU can do for us. All we got was campaigns of fear and outlandish claims, Remain failed to engage in positive politics and lost a gutter fight with Leave.EU and Vote Leave. We saw threats that austerity would be ramped up by the Chancellor while Farage was standing in front of a poster that mimicked the films of Nazi Germany, and amid the bollocks, bullshit, bravado and brutality a gifted woman lost her life.
Well Mr Farage, Mr Johson, Mr Gove I have news for you, this doesn’t end here, yes it may have taken UKIP and its spite filled leader 25 years of hate to make us leave, but we are going back, that is now our baton, our torch, our clarion call. We won’t give in to the narrow minded vision of a land with a wall around it.
But what’s that you say, we lost. We did on the result but today is a new dawn a different focus to what we must do, first of all we must scream, shout and make our voice heard to protect our European brothers and sisters that are here living their lives and preserve their futures and rights during the exit negotiation.
Secondly, many of the laws that made us support Remain are enshrined in British law, they can’t be removed just because we leave the EU, the government will have to change British laws to complete the myopic vision they have, we fight every damn last one of them. We’ve made this government U-Turn on so much, let us come together and turn them so many times they get dizzy.
And thirdly we play the long game, we fight for our cause every day, we keep that candle of a unified Europe alive in each of our hearts and minds, we go out, we promote a positive vision of what the EU is, and why we should rejoin We don’t quit, we don’t stop if it takes from now until we are old and grey and drawing those final breaths, we fight these barbarians every day, we win the battle of ideology by rebuttal of myth and promotion of the positive.
Borrowing their narrow minded slogan, we take our country back and we take our place in the union back. But as Jo Cox taught us, we do it from a place of love, support and respect, we make those who might be seen as our enemies into our friends, each voice we win is another fist banging on the door to Europe.
We hold the future of everyone yet to come in our hands, and to quote a Greek proverb.
“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they’ll never sit it”