In the interests of balance, I’ve just spent a day reading through a bunch of pro-Brexit Facebook pages. I understand that everyone has the same right to an opinion, even if I don’t agree with them and honestly thought I may learn something which would give me a different point of view. Which it did.
Apparently, I’m a remoaner
I’m also a snowflake
I believe in unicorns
I’m stupid and uneducated
I need to wake up
Out means out.
Brexit means Brexit.
Get on with it.
No deal is the best possible outcome.
All counter-arguments are Project Fear and therefore null and void.
How bad Mrs May is.
How good most other Tories are.
How dangerous Labour is.
Death is preferable to PM Corbyn.
Lots of pro-Johnson posts.
Lots of pro Trump posts.
Lots of pro-Farage posts.
Lots of pro-UKIP posts.
Lots and lots of Mogg for PM posts including petitions (because he’s just like us).
How great the empire was when we controlled most of the brown people and how better off they were for it.
How evil the EU is.
How the EU plots against us.
A few Tommy Robinson reposts.
Huge amount of anti-Muslim posts.
What all groups had in common
They all had an almost complete lack of positive facts from people who are experts in their respective subjects and trades. All groups had multiple reposts from the right-wing press, which are the only true facts.
But “mean’s” does not mean means. pic.twitter.com/yqpXEWX1ZK
— Very Brexit Problems (@SoVeryBrexit) November 30, 2016
This leads me to the conclusion that for the majority, this is nothing to do with Brexit and never was. This was about giving a voice to that which had mostly been driven underground. Trump offered the same in the US. Make no mistake about this, it was a mostly racist vote. This is why presenting facts to leavers makes no difference. You think you’re discussing Brexit with them, but they’re not. You are simply wasting your time. This also explains perfectly why Leavers are not angry about being lied to and basically getting scammed. It still gave exactly what they wanted. Same reason Trump can do no wrong, no matter what he does.
I believe that the future evolution of the human race rests in cooperation and peace with countries working together. Not xenophobia, division and an every-man-for-himself attitude. I thought we’d mostly moved on from this. I can’t think of a single example in history where division has improved a situation. Not one.
However, after a day on their pages, it seems that Brexit is simply an excuse to drive us in this direction, which makes me even more determined to fight it.