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1. Counterpoint to this is that the war gave the country an enviable unity of purpose and a sense of identity to a whole generation. Something the country has lacked for three decades. (thread)
2. It's actually interesting to watch Labour speeches from the 1975. Foot/Benn/Shore spoke with reverence for the nation and with a belief in its people. They were true democrats and patriots unlike the snivelling selfish, authoritarian left we see today.
3. This generation, having never known hardship or anything approaching austerity is the most self-indulgent to date, and it's easy to see why the old boys think life was better even though it was harder. They also remember community whereas we have digital atomisation.
4. Having grown up with a myriad of entitlements and conveniences, this generation has no concept of hard graft, doesn't save, doesn't plan, doesn't pay into pensions and still expects to be richer than their parents. The state is their backstop.
5. And the fact our society produces these sneering Novara HipsterJugend children is to me a sign we've gone horribly wrong somewhere. They've never had to fight for anything. It's all been handed to them on a plate.
6. This is not to say I'm an advocate of a hairshirt Brexit, but certainly the system that underpins the all year round availability of goods is one that contributes to this societal malaise where everything is taken for granted and nothing is valued for what it is.
7. Moreover, most of the convenience goods and services in our economy only happen because of freedom of movement where immigrants can be exploited to keep prices down. Is that really a sustainable long term model?
8. It's true that we get misty eyed about WW2 and false narratives have fed into the national mythos, distorting our sense of identity, but there is no shame in taking pride in our national contribution to the war and honouring our grandparents.
9. Our perception of WW2 reinforces the view that the UK is wholly capable of independence. It reinforces our belief that Britain must be able to act independently - and investing our political authority into an unaccountable remote technocracy is a threat to everything we value.
10. And though the lady says "we" gave up our sovereignty, I don't recall any referendum on the Lisbon treaty, giving legal personality to an EU superstate. Our elites would never seek consent for that because they know they wouldn't get it.
11. That people say they are willing to endure the hardship of Brexit is wholly sincere. We know we as a nation have lived through worse and we believe in our collective ability to survive it. We can do so by looking to each other. Blitz spirit if you will.
12. Here you have to ask why working class people are willing to endure the blow of no deal when it so very seriously impacts their lives. Independence isn't an empty intangible sentiment. Democracy and sovereignty are valued more than convenience.
13. Because if there's one thing we do know, which is abundantly evident from Brexit, powers are much harder to restore than to give up. This time around we get to do it peacefully by democratic means. We do so that we don't have to fight by other means.
14. Most leavers I talk to would prefer to leave with a deal - but we are all agreed that if no deal is the only way then so be it. If that is what we have to endure to reassert our own political authority over the elites then that is how it must be.
15. Brexit has exposed the political dysfunction in Westminster and we all know we cannot go on like this. Our political class fights to maintain a status quo but the democratic instinct of 2016 said we need far reaching fundamental change we cannot get by other means.
16. Being that we have our national identity to draw upon, it is that which serves us in a battle of wills between us and the establishment. It is not, therefore, something so easily dismissed or sneered at. Every country has its legends and we aspire to live up to them.
17. We forget that a binding sense of national purpose is something that brings unity. That's something the EU can never give us. It can keep shelves filled with goodies but if it robs us of our politics and our ability to live by our own values then it robs us of our humanity.
18. Most of the improvements in our history have come from peoples coming together, using their power and their institutions to force radical change. This is what we've done for hundreds of years. Our freedoms and rights were not gifted to us by a technocratic entity.
19. We are not a people who wait to be told what our rights are. We fight for them - and our best means of defending them is democracy whereby we can hold our politicians to account and make demands of them. That is not something, unlike our politicians, we willingly give up on.
20. If a decade or more of make do and mend is what it takes then I'll live with that choice. Our democracy means more to me than ready made sandwiches at the Esso garage and shorter queues at airports. I'll take democracy over anything the EU is offering.
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