Difficult to put into words but here goes. Let’s be clear, this is NOT a minor political disagreement. It’s right to be angry on behalf of the people who were deceived. It’s right protest against the legitimisation of xenophobia. It’s right to disagree with the referendum result. If we had just voted to restore the death penalty or instate apartheid, I’d continue to be strongly against it whatever the chance of change. Especially if that change happened by a vote with a small percentage margin.
Some are feeling helpless and disillusioned but that’s not me. I sit with tempered anger and a seething fury with the dishonesty of the LEAVE campaign. A lot of the LEAVE campaign leaders are scoundrels and they should not be rewarded for their actions. There’s also the terrible feeling of – couldn’t we have done more – that’s always there when the clock stops.
Transforming the raw emotions of the last few days into motivation and action is going to happen. It just might take a little more time of pain and grieving. I haven’t lost the last four decades but may have to reflect of them as a golden era. A time when grand ambitions could be realised. Yes, I know I have been exceedingly fortunate in life. Being in the right person in the right place at the right time. That was back in mid-2004 at the interview for a job in Europe. I then joined a new organisation that was starting up in Cologne in Germany. For a decade the comradery and sense of common purpose we had was exceptional. I don’t use that word lightly; it truly was exceptional.
My own experiences of working in a multicultural place is that its complex. When it’s well managed the results are world beating. Overall the rewards far, far ever outweigh the difficulties or the costs. I’m not just being selfish and talking about personal rewards. The whole of our society reaped the benefits of the work that we did and will continue to do so.
Now, with this vote to leave the EU we are stuck in a “No Man’s Land”. There are no solutions in a kind of British mono-culture. Similarly, and taking note of why people voted the way they did; there is no solution where big business and newspapers owners get to dictate Government policy.
The fight for this referendum may be over but the fight to determine the kind of Britain we want to be has only just begun.