I totally agree with this very well expressed piece. At the core of brexit was always that willingness amongst too many supposedly mature people to blame the problems they saw with things like housing on the Eastern Europeans in particular that came to the UK. 1/
In fact the statistics never support this age old narrative that getting rid of the foreigner will make things better. An influx of young ambitious immigrants can even help to revive local economies which are struggling due to the demographics of an ageing population. 2/
I am always a little dubious about the argument that it’s down to the education system. The UK is not a third world country, the population is by and large educated to a reasonably high minimum standard. /3
In fact more liberal and open views towards immigration and other issues are far more prevalent in under 40s. It’s amongst middle aged people like me and older where the biggest problem of xenophobia lurks. /4
Is it a remnant of the intolerance and attitudes from the 70s and earlier that these age groups grew up around? I don’t know. I guess the years of intolerant and anti European headlines in the UK’s favourite newspapers ensured that these toxic attitudes never quite died. /5
So the likes of Farage and Johnson and Gove were able to simply gather those attitudes together in a tin called #brexit and use them to indulge their desire to build their own little political empire. /6
I always think about the Brown “bigot” hoo ha. This was the exact moment that pointed the way for the brexit leaders and showed them how to target people and exploit the attitudes fuelled by the tabloids in order to get what they wanted for themselves. /end

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18 Jan
On the issue of how quickly a rejoin campaign takes a hold, well I think it depends on a lot of things - no idea why people are so absolutely positive it’s the wrong thing to do straight away!

Let’s see how quickly people get fed up with cabbage for dinner again! Thread 1/
It didn’t take more than a few months to turn a small group of people from not caring a toss about Eu membership to turning the EU into the devil incarnate in their heads. Enough people to get leave over the line I mean. 2/
Yes even with all the cheating and the lying and the years of fake headlines about Germans and pool towels and refugees and gravy trains they still only got a small majority back in 2016. 3/
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There is nothing in the short or medium term that can make up for the financial hole that this government have led the UK into. The EU is not going to fall apart it will only get stronger. To abandon the privileged position of being a powerful voice inside it was stupid!
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Thanks to the ridiculous general election we have a government who are delivering nothing but mess mess mess! I don’t care what any of you say it was absolutely the right thing to fight for a second referendum and parliament should have supported that instead of damaging the UK!
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I have examined my journey and I conclude that fundamentally we followed the only campaign path we could. The British public are now waking up to the fact that they were conned. It was the job of all MPs to look after their constituents first and not their own jobs or parties.
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I keep hearing a naive argument from Tory MPs & their cheerleaders that no deal won’t affect so many businesses but they are being completely dishonest about the realities of business in the 21st century. We are all interconnected and rely on the overall health of the economy 1/
Those companies who export are directly affected - if they lose business

1. they lose jobs
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5. They spend less with service companies which in turn leads to 1-3 in those companies
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