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tbh I think we have chickens coming home to roost from 35 years of tabloids dripping poison into the public's ear about foreigners in general and the EU in particular.

UKIP and Britain First are only manifestations of that twisted public mood. It's odd, back in the 70s the UK was a horrid homophobic, misogynist and racist place, yet we saw ourselves as a tolerant and open society that gladly embraced Europe. As each of these strands have been increasingly challenged and we move towards actually becoming that tolerant and open society, we now see ourselves as closed and happily, even proudly, prejudiced.

As in the US, we see a large aging white population that sees its privileges fading away. they don't like being told that they shouldn't abuse foreigners, gays or women. They resent being told that the assumptions of their youth are no longer appropriate. And the EU is their scapegoat. The referendum campaign has given them license to wave their worst impulses around. And I imagine that, whatever the result this Thursday, we'll be dealing with the mess for years

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 19th, 2016 at 03:55:58 PM EST

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