A friend of mine wrote to me on the evening of the first day after Britain’s triumphal vote on whether or not to exit from the corrupt institution that is the EU. He was honest and said that he was “not sure if it were a good decision Britain has just made.” And that “he did not like what is happening now.” This has largely to do with the recent aggression by a small minority of Britons towards immigrants, especially Poles. He said that without these immigrants Britain will suffer, and indeed, he is right that people here do not want these jobs. I suggest that this is a problem we can solve ourselves through education. By returning to the previous grammar system we would remove from schools those for whom higher education is wasted on and providing them with a trade for life, and moreover, this would undoubtedly be better than going for the quick fix of immigration. Let us not forget also that the UK is Poland’s third largest trading partner and Polish workers in Britain send €1,000,000,000 home every year.
He went on to criticise what he saw as “appalling behaviour” from Nigel Farage. He felt that “UKIP and the whole Brexit failed to concentrate on more serious issues, such as advantages and disadvantages of leaving the EU — silly regulations etc.” To take the latter part of this first, one of the reasons I voted to leave was for sovereignty, and you cannot have sovereignty without the power to make your own laws and to control your borders. Second, I for one would happily welcome skilled migrants who would want to work here, however, there has to be checks and limits to this. Hence a point-based system like they have in Canada and Australia could be implemented. Going further, I would not let people settle unless they could demonstrably prove that they were conversant in the culture, history and traditions of this country. Both of these points are far more important than silly regulations or economic issues that so befuddle the zeitgeist today.
The problem is that Britons have never really opened themselves up to immigrants and therefore integration has been ephemeral. Many see mass-immigration as something imposed on them. For example, some want mass immigration to fuel this debt-based society we are living in, because Westerners do not want to have children anymore — and some want to change the country out of all recognition because they hate it.
He continued, stating that the Leave campaign “just used … populistic propaganda [which was] targeted at immigration.” But at least he admitted that there was propaganda from the Remain camp as well. In a democracy, through bribes, cajoling, fear and propaganda, the electorate are herded like sheep towards the desired result. It is usual that the influence of media, government and multinational corporations (not to mention billionaires such as George Soros) get their way, but not this time. He lamented that both campaigns “failed to explain the consequences.” And that with Nigel Farage’s comment on “NHS money” he should “resign.” Well, he will be out of one job soon, hopefully.
However my friend felt about the campaigns — his dislike for them, his dislike of the outcome, or indeed, the reasons why some people voted one way or another — that is his prerogative. On the other hand, you cannot take away people’s votes from them, and under the current system, everyone had a chance to vote. The alternative is to dictate who can and cannot vote, which seems to be what some Leftists are saying should happen, and that is out of the question. I have my misgivings about the system, but I am hardly going to rise up against it out of some childish, cry-baby, tantrum because I did not get my way. N.B. on that last point, I do not mean my friend, rather the people I have seen who are “protesting” against the democratic process by suggesting it was not democratic.
His closing remark is quite salient: “most people who voted for UKIP are just Right-wing racist uneducated c****.” Perhaps when people vote for the liberal-Left status quo they are sane and normal, even if they vote based on emotion rather than rational thought, but God-forbid this happening on the Right! In essence then, you can see that my friend happens to be a typical social democrat of the modern age; to quote Laurie Penny, “This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world.”
I replied to him in an effort to alleviate some of the misgivings he had about the result and put his mind at ease somewhat. It is not “an easy situation” as he rightly pointed out: we have a long way to go, that is for definite, but we are on the right road now. I certainly would like to keep bonds with Europe, which is why I saw this vote as an opportunity to leave a corrupt political union (the EU), and at the same time help Europe to realise that they don’t need a secular empire to rule them. If a nation cannot defend itself then what can it do? The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have the right idea, and, in Britain it was rural England that was the mainstay of the Leave vote. What we could be seeing is an awakening in the conscience of the Anglo-Saxon peoples in Britain that will spark-off similar reactions across Europe.
So, all that is left for me to do is to wish them Godspeed in their endeavours, and I sincerely pray we all come out the other side.