The referendum was, after all, a genuine surprise. Even with all the “serious”mainstream media backing Remain, and even after all the fairly insensitive exploitation of the tragic death of Jo Cox, “Leave” have won. And David Cameron has resigned. So, if the vote was indeed rigged, it either didn’t work, or for some reason the “shadow governments” want us to quit the EU 🙂
Currently the UK establishment appears to be reeling, apparently stunned that its own clarion call for Remain has gone unheeded. There is even one column in the Guardian describing Cameron’s resignation as a “European tragedy”(though to be fair they mean it in the Classical context).
Other Guardian pieces continue the theme of bewilderment. Rafael Behr calls the vote a “Brexit earthquake”. There are opinions offered from Polly Toynee, Suzanne Moore, et al, predicting everything from “exciting” times ahead (Moore) to the entire destruction of western civilisation as we known it(Toynbee).
Actually Toynbee’s gone full Cassandra today and is rending her garments while predicting “catastrophe,” and, with the remains of her hubris, continues to blame the Brexit vote almost entirely on fools and racists. Apparently you simply can’t have had a good or honourable reason for disagreeing with Polly on this. It’s impossible. If you voted Brexit – you’re a fool or a racist. Polly knows it, even if you don’t.
Most of the less hysterical column inches and broadcast media can be distilled down in to the conclusion that the meaning and ramifications of this vote are still hard to predict and that the days, weeks and months ahead will be interesting. With which view, for once, we entirely concur.
But let’s be honest, anything that results in David Cameron resigning as PM can’t be entirely bad.