Monday, 20 June 2016

On Donkeys Led by Donkeys.

Only two days to go until the EU referendum in Britain and the tabloids are really cranking up the immigration/refugee issue. The Remain side has today accused the Leave stalwarts of ‘spreading hatred’ but I don’t think that’s quite right. I think the Leave people have, throughout the campaign, followed the classic tabloid method: tap into the populist bigotry, prejudice and xenophobic paranoia which already exists among the lowest common denominator, and inflame it with paltry, irrational, sometimes dishonest, and always hate-filled headlines. People do so love to have their prejudices vindicated.

Personally, I feel it would be an awful shame if, in a world constantly shrinking and becoming more internationalised, Britain was voted out of Europe and left to go it alone by the sort of people who spawned Tommy Mair’s extreme solution. He was the man who murdered Jo Cox, and who gave his name in court as Death to Traitors, Freedom for Britain.

Is that the kind of attitude we want determining Britain’s future position in the world? Thursday’s vote will tell us.

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