I actually think that decent people can disagree about whether the UK should leave the EU. There's even a left-wing case for Leave that can be made, though nobody's really trying to make it.
(Pragmatically: there are a lot of credible and knowledgeable voices saying that it would be an economic disaster, which, given our government, also means more “austerity”: more people starving and more people driven to suicide.)
(Plus, you know, the stripping away of huge numbers of human rights, workplace rights and environmental protections.)
But in the last few weeks, it's suddenly turned out that we're no longer debating "Should the UK be in the EU?", we're apparently now debating "Immigrants: how much do we hate them?". And the answer seems to be "Quite a lot".
We also seem to be debating “Do you want a new government made up of Boris Johnson (a completely amoral opportunist clawing his way into power by posing as a adorably-befuddled tousle-haired buffoon), Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage?”
(It's rumoured that Boris Johnson has already offered Farage a job in "his" post-Brexit government
. Farage has denied this, naturally.)
You know what? The EU is open to debate among reasonable humans. This isn't
This is not even dog-whistling any more, it's glaringly racist and more or less identical to a piece of actual Nazi propaganda
. It says "Vote Leave because otherwise scary brown people might come to your country".
(Never mind that the people shown are Syrian refugees fleeing a war zone, or that leaving the EU wouldn't affect the UK's legal obligations to take in refugees under international law anyway.)
Whatever you think motivated the alleged murderer of Jo Cox, who (allegedly) 'said a variation of “Britain first”, “Keep Britain independent”, “Britain always comes first”, and “This is for Britain” as he launched the attack on Cox
' -- Nigel Farage's poster is identical to the sort of far right/neo-Nazi material found in his house.
And here is Farage, a month ago, saying that if people feel they've lost control of their borders -- which he maintains has happened because of the EU -- and voting doesn't change anything, then "violence is the next step".
Not that he condones
it, of course. He’s just saying how understandable
it would be if people felt driven
I am fucking scared of these people. I am seeing stuff which is genuinely veering towards fascism, with Nigel Farage as our home-grown Trump. These are people who actually make me prefer to be on the same side as David Cameron, god help me.
When Jo Cox was murdered, a part of my brain went white-hot with anxiety, and when I managed to put it into words I realized it was asking is this how it starts?
(Which is, rationally, nonsense: there is no "it", "it" started long ago, "it" is always happening, take your pick. But.)I
want my fucking country back. Because it does not belong to these people and they cannot steal it.