Bigotry and Brexit: It’s not what you think it is

The question on everyone’s lips is “why?” Why did the English and Welsh do it? Hate is what did it, but not the way most of the mainstream media is depicting it.

No. It was hatred of England and the English that caused the Brexit victory the other day. It goes all the way back to the initial devolution debates back in the 1960s.

Back then, Great Britain was British: I know that doesn’t make all that much sense. Of COURSE Great Britain was British, what else could it be? Well, it could be Welsh, Scottish, Northumbrian, Kentish, Cornish, etc. A conglomeration of people who could conceivably call themselves anything but English.

In Fact, the original proposal by the Kilbrandon Commission in 1973, proposed that England be abolished and replaced by seven regions, each with a separate legislative assembly. After a number of years of debate, devolution, as it was called, was put to a vote in Scotland and Wales in 1979, it failed in both places, and that was that until 1998, when Scottish and Welsh parliaments were voted on again and this time it succeeded.

For the next decade or so, nationalism was encouraged in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, while English nationalism was derided as “Little England” and racist. A feeling of “Britishness” outside of England itself became rarer and rarer.

At the start, it kind of was, with its main practitioners being the neo-fascist National party, and it’s ilk. Later, the more mainstream United Kingdom Independence party (UKIP) became popular, winning a plurality in the European elections. They were considered lunatics who only got in because the English were somehow evil.

This brings us to the 2010 United Kingdom Elections.

Shortly before the vote, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was filmed having a chat with a Labour supporter named Gillian Duffy, who said something against immigration and moments after, he was recorded calling her a bigot. This gaffe was seen as him dissing the English at large, and that pretty much cost him the election.

The idea that somehow the English were somehow “bad” bred resentment, and out and out hatred burst into the open when the Scottish National Party government in Scotland got the New Prime Minister David Cameron to approve a referendum on Scottish independence, which almost passed.

The unwarranted hatred of the English continued to grow in Scotland, The SNP swept it in the 2015 election, and ethnic Englanders ceased to be a majority in their own capitol, the SNP started voting in England-only legislation, and so on and so on and so on…

The far left took over the Labour party…and Cameron decided to let the so-called Eurosceptics have a Brexit referendum.

So of course decades of resentment would raise it’s ugly head, besides, whenever a constituant country of the EU votes against a new treaty, it’s forced to change their no to yes. Why not this time?

Remember, this isn’t a far-right thing. A majority of 75% of the people voted for this, from all across the spectrum. The leadership of the EU’s bureaucrats are threatening to wreak terrible revenge and are demanding that the UK get rid of Cameron forthwith.

That’s arrogance.

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Eric Lurio is a freelance writer and artist. He's been a movie critic for the past fifteen years and has been writing about travel and politics since the 1970s. Among his books are "The Cartoon Guide to the US Constitution and "A Fractured History fo the Discovery of America."
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