Brexit will triumph. Forget the perfectly reasonable left argument for leaving; don’t even waste your time with the plausible left case for remaining. This is now (as if it has ever been anything else) a referendum on immigration. And the racists and bigots are winning (Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll gives the leave campaign a 3% lead).
Some of things I’ve learned this weekend, conversing with working-class Brexiters:-
All the nation’s ills are the fault of the EU. All of them. Because immigration.
The end of the post-war boom and the victory of Thatcherism over traditional social democracy – irrelevant.
The collapse of the USSR and its satellites and the resulting triumph of neoliberalism on a global scale – irrelevant.
An international banking crisis of truly historic proportions – irrelevant.
All our problems only started when “Tony Blair and Gordon Brown introduced a benefits and mass immigration culture.” Yes, really.
I’ve also encountered former striking miners and residents of former pit villages who *genuinely believe that the EU and migrant labour are the reasons we no longer have a mining industry in the UK.* Seriously. You want to punch yourself in the face now, don’t you? Unfuckingbelievable. I know.
This is where we are. Reason, sanity and logic have absolutely no fucking chance in this ‘debate.’
I honestly believe these people would happily shoulder pay cuts across the board and the sale of their first-born sons to slave traders if it meant no immigrant was ever allowed to set foot on UK soil again.
Buckle up, folks. There’s a bad moon on the rise.