Why can’t we talk anymore?

My country is divided. If you didn’t know we held a referendum on leaving the EU or not. It was a close result but basically split the nation. Since then, well just before, we started to become a nation of name callers and shouters instead of talking, listening and moving forward.

I am liberal, left wing and voted remain. Now I’m loony left and a remoaner automatically, despite no one knowing what I actually think. Brexit voters are branded racist and thick. Insults are thrown on both sides and it’s so sad that we can’t just talk. Recently I was on social media discussing Brexit on a thread associated with a tv programme. Amongst all the mud slinging I managed to have a reasonable discussion with someone with the opposing view to me. It was so refreshing I ended up thanking him for his time and for being so polite in our debate.

When did we come to this? When did we become so intolerant of different views? How can you learn with that attitude? I have people in my family who don’t have the same political views as me but we don’t fall out over it. We don’t agree but we have the courtesy to listen. The people of the uk voted marginally to leave the EU, and there’s the problem, it was marginal. Now I don’t know enough about the potential effects on the economy etc (although no one seems to) but I don’t think the result should be ignored. People are obviously not happy and want out. But even those who voted out – well everyone has an opinion on what that should look like. Those that want to stay in- well a lot are calling for another vote. But what then? Best of 3? What if it’s out again? Keep voting?

It’s been dragging on for years, which has made us very uncertain about our future, as well as dealing with the austerity that is not getting better. In my opinion we need some kind of compromise. Respect the result but if we have to keep some ties with Europe then explain why. Try to unite the country instead of helping the divisions grow.

We have people on zero hours contracts, we have working people using food banks, we have people taking their own lives due to the implementation of UC, ESA, PIP etc. We have teachers providing basics for schools and food. We can’t afford to be spending all our time on Brexit. We need to stop the uncertainty and the government needs to look after it’s people instead of themselves.

There is so much hatred being spewed from politicians mouths, it’s no wonder people think they can do the same. You’re safe behind a keyboard and hey! If they’re doing it, it can’t be wrong can it? I look at the world and can’t help but worry, the rise of the far right, the oppression of women’s rights, leaders tweeting the equivalent of “come and have a go”, civil liberties being eroded, liars and cheats getting away with it, people murdered while they pray, the list goes on.

I may be a liberal lefty but I still believe in democracy. Stop the uncertainty and maybe we can heal. Just do something and then we can tackle the other, very real problems in our society.

3 Comments

  1. Oh I feel you. It’s shocking what has happened since the vote. And how people behave towards each other. The daughter of a colleague’s friend was told to go home and then had her face smashed against a brick wall, simply for being Polish.

    Brexit I think has shown what many people are truly like. They’ve let the mask slip.

    I come from Norway and we have had a public vote about this twice, and twice the public vote has said no. The last one in 1994 was very close, 52.2 against, 47 per cent for joining the EU and our turnout was very high.

    And sure, there were some parties that were pro-EU and against the EU at the time and still are. However when the results were announced, that was that. Not this tremendous amount of bickering and uncertainty. This is what the public vote said, now it was up to the different parties to get on with it.

    When a pope is chosen, the cardinals are not allowed to come out from their chamber until the white smoke comes from the chimney or something. I think the same should be done with the MPs. They shall not be allowed to leave until they’ve made a decision which has a majority vote, so it gets passed!

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