It’s no good, I just have to say it: the country has gone bloody mad since the referendum on whether to leave or stay in the EU. I’m not talking about the closely run result which was a slim victory for Brexit, but instead the reactions of people I thought I knew (and some who should know better). I’ll admit, I voted for out, but very reluctantly and only after a great deal of thought and research. I’m sure that the majority of those who voted to stay in did the same amount of research and thinking but just came to a different conclusion.
For many of us, the decision was a hard one, made no easier by politicians from both sides twisting facts until they squealed, lying and playing the politics of fear. To be honest, my thinking was: ‘we’re damned if we do, and we’re damned if we don’t’. Even after I’d voted (by post), I was still wavering and wondering whether I’d made the right decision. And I know if I’d voted in, I would have had the same misgivings. I know I’m not on my own in this.
And so, today, after the result was announced I was pretty shocked to see some of the reactions to the result on social media. Not just from random commentators, but from friends and people who I look up to as influencers. Now I know for some people it’s a very emotional and sad day and I respect that. I also respect their right to express that publicly. What I do not accept is some of the insults thrown at those who voted out. Among the nice little line-up were: bigots; racists; naive; right wing; you have destroyed the country/future/children’s future etc, etc, etc. I for one am certainly not any of those things. I have a feeling that there are quite a few things being said out there in the heat of the moment that may be regretted later.
Even worse were similar comments from those ‘influencers’ – I’m naming no names but I include people in the online entrepreneur/self help business and the indie author business who wrote these things on their public pages. One of these people called Brexiters ‘thick’. I left a nice little reply telling him he had great people skills and wondering just how many of his followers he had just insulted (and potentially lost). Another accused ‘out’ voters of being old people and not thinking of the children. Talk about emotional blackmail!
On the other hand I have seen many Brexiters this morning crowing about their victory and making it sound that being independent guarantees us a rosy future. It doesn’t. Wake up Britain – becoming a stable, independent economic country is going to take work, grit and standing together. No amount of boasting, hand wringing or insults is going to achieve that. Done is done. Let us all take a bloody deep breath, start being nice to each other and get on with it. End of.