Were I, just a wee bit younger, there would a tantrum and refusal to speak to my parents and grandparents.
How could you do this England? How could you vote to get us out of the EU, stealing the future of the young? Our dream of a Star Trek like Europe, a liberal, wealthy Europe with no borders and no wars, has been bashed on the head. Scotland, Northern Ireland and London voted Remain. But outside London, the rest of England voted out. (So did Wales, would you believe it)
The mood in London on Friday? Pretty depressed actually. I got a morning coffee from Prêt, from the extremely hardworking people there, Paolo and Antonio. They make the very best coffee and have attractive foreign accents. Sorry guys, I never thought of you as “immigrants”, to me you are just fellow Londoners. What is wrong with travelling freely and working all over Europe?
To be honest, I am devastated. Despite my trully atrocious, command of the French language, I am a European at heart. Before we met, my husband and I, both of us, travelled and lived in a number of places over Europe. We were the lucky ones, travel shaped our personalities for better or for worse.
I love the French, the Polish, the Germans and the other Europeans coming here to work. People are what made London great, but sadly something went wrong for the rest of England.
Excuse me now, I shall go and weep somewhere… And invest in a stylish raincoat, trust me and do the same, we shall all of us be needing one.
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Opinion from the US on the results of the referendum.
“according to Google, the top two internet searches in Britain just after the vote was announced were “What does it mean to leave the EU” and “What is the EU.” I can think of three explanations for this fascinating and terrifying bit of news: 1) a lot of people voted without carefully considering the outcome or policy implications of their vote; 2) a lot of people didn’t vote and weren’t even close to informed; 3) people voted to leave, but didn’t actually think it would happen and were researching to find out what they had just done. Whichever explanation is correct, it doesn’t suggest that people can really handle democracy or policy-making. This is what the American founders thought. They were total elitists. With the exception of Jefferson and the Anti-Federalists — a definite minority — most leaders of the Revolutionary generation thought that people couldn’t possibly be expected to understand how to govern themselves. There is research out there suggesting that the weather has a greater impact on the outcome of elections than many other factors, and that most voters simply do not understand the implications of their votes on a host of issues. When it comes to globalization, the issues are far too complex for most of us to understand. So we vote emotionally, we vote based on our affinity groups or on our identity. All of that suggests that perhaps we should keep the votes (read: referenda) to a bare minimum.”