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But to the knackered rabble of the north it sounds like a glimpse of a true desire. I am sure Ms Penny is well-intentioned and essentially good-hearted.
The problem is, at least in this article, she comes across as feeling she, and those in her in-group, are the only ones who are.
I think Ms Penny might need to get out of London a little more often and widely. She does eventually get round to something approximating an insight.
This was not just a vote against Europe, but a vote against Westminster and the entirety of mainstream politics.
She wants to have her description of who ‘us’ and ‘them’ are, what ‘we’ and ‘they’ are like, what ‘they’ think, why ‘they’ think it, and upon what nasty grounds ‘they’ decided. This article is not simply a lament from one side of an argument. Just a little reminder of the Leavers and the country they are arranging for us – hate-filled, crabbed, cowed racist and xenophobic. Let those Leavers get in charge and this is what we’ll all get. To me they smell of Blaire and Cameron and the debt -fuelled fictions of the last thirty years of Thatcher and sons.
It is a thinly veiled exercise in condescending bigotry. Unlike the future if we let the author and her friends in Remain be in charge – which will be one where we all have options and choices. Ah, so the lizard brained cowards are allied with White, small-town Tories?
If I want to blame anybody I do blame the media who vilify a group based on the actions of individuals. Most small towns here are intensely communal and they welcomed new comers in the past and I am sure they still would.
So our choices according to Ms Penny is a ‘Remain’ Britain filed with options and choices or a ‘Leave’ Britain, which is some pastiche of small town suburban and rural England where stupid working class people vote like turkeys for tea-on-the-lawn- white people.Patricia – I like your writing style, it’s very thoughtful and balanced.The subjects we address would need more than an encyclopaedia to deal with properly.All the same parties that were then arguing for Remain. But they would have voted for very different reason to those Ms Penny was so quick and so confident to ascribe to them. That economy that the rest of us keep bailing out and paying for with austerity? In this case, as Laurie Penny says, the choice they made has delivered us all to a Tory government that can hope to do as it wants free of any restrain at all. Just because the vote went against what I felt was better, what Ms Penny is certain is better, does not mean, as she concludes, that this nation must somehow re-find the, I personally resent the implication that simply because the vote did not go as she decided it must, that somehow common humanity is endangered. You do not have to like Paul Daniels if you don’t like David Bowie.But she just can’t seem to imagine the ‘Leave’ voters could be so thoughtful. Common humanity is not the exclusive preserve of ‘Remain’ voters. Ms Penny should refrain from endlessly deciding what the range of choices are and what you must be like if you’re not like her.