Sunday, 26 June 2016

Choosing a Future from the Past.

I’ve had another thought about the Brexit thing.

(This has probably been said already, but I’ve been largely ignoring the news over the past couple of days because it’s been so bloody depressing. There was me hoping that Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, was going to offer a choice at the next election between the continuation of rampant consumption mania and a saner alternative, and now he’s being hounded out of office because he didn’t back the Remain campaign energetically enough. This clearly isn’t my week.)

But anyway, my point:

I gather that analysts are saying that the Leave option was largely favoured by older people, mostly men, while younger people were strongly in favour of staying with the EU. Given various obvious factors, that would make sense. So, given that the past belongs to the old and the future to the young, doesn’t it seem something of a tragedy that a load of reactionary old men have denied young people the future they wanted? I think it does.

(And here’s one little aside that might or might not be amusing, depending on how you see it. Mel was telling me that she met an old lady on the day of the poll who said: ‘I really don’t know which way to vote. My husband used to tell me what to vote for, but he’s gone.’ Is that funny or sad? Like I said…)

2 comments:

Della said...

Yes, the young have lost, so sad. I don't really understand why people are making matters worse by trying to hound others out of office (i.e., Corbyn). Because he didn't campaign hard enough -- really? I suppose one can always say that about the losing side. It seems to me everyone stepping down just adds to the instability of the situation, though I can see why Cameron is doing it, ha ha.

JJ Beazley said...

As far as I can gather, Corbyn is a more traditional socialist who wants to steer Britain towards a more egalitarian model. This doesn't sit well with the Blairites in the party who've kept their knives sharpened while waiting for the opportunity to use them.

And if I'm to be honest, I must admit that one of the (many) reason why I favoured Remain was that I hoped it would kill off Johnson's aspirations to be PM. (I also liked the idea of being both British and European. Maybe I'm just a hopeless idealist.)