Theses on Brexit and It Not Being Simple

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June 24, 2016 by James Crossley

1. Farage and co are nasty bastards who should never be trusted and could lead to somewhere dark
2. The EU treatment of Greece was a disgrace and something similar could happen again
3. Neoliberalism is a disaster
4. Brexit leaders are neoliberals
5. The Lisbon treaty is neoliberal
6. The EU provides some crucial funding to the UK
7. There was a nasty racist streak among certain brexiter voters
8. Working class anger about public services and employment issues has been building for decades and is rarely addressed in terms that aren’t immigration related
9. Reactions to the cruel results of neoliberalism, including this whole sorry debate, often wildly miss the target
10. There is a snobbish discourse among some of the liberal middle class remainers towards the working classes even if it would rarely be made explicit in public
11. A comfortable middle-class, little England, nostalgic mentality played its part and that is baffling to others
12. A working class nostalgia for England is likewise present and just as delusional
13. A hope for more local democratic accountability played its part too and is not dishonorable
14. The EU allows for easier travel, employability options, and easier access to friends and families
15. This result could be very bad for universities
16. Much more time was needed to think about this
17. The mainstream debates were almost all idiotic (both sides)
18. The rhetoric of the need for “strong leadership” is patronising and worrying (both sides)
19. Outcomes of the Brexit are very hard to predict
20. The ongoing EU settlement was not necessarily leading to a rosy future and could’ve led to increasing resentment and who knows what
21. The left is deluding itself if it thought the EU is the obviously best way to international socialism
22. The left is deluding itself if it thinks Brexit is the obviously best way to international socialism
23. Dan Jarvis, Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall or anyone else would not have won this for Labour
24. There should have been a “neither” campaign to highlight the forcedness of the choice and the shit and potential of both sides

I think I believe a lot of that is true. Especially #24. But I’ve yet to decide.

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2 thoughts on “Theses on Brexit and It Not Being Simple

  1. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Reblogged this on James' Ramblings.

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