I was awake soon after 5:30 yesterday morning. As I got to my computer, the EU referendum results weren’t confirmed, but it was looking certain that the country had voted (narrowly, but decisively) to leave the European Union. My thoughts during the day are nicely summed up by my tweets and retweets.
My initial reaction was anger.
(Hmm… the downside of rolling news coverage — that story has changed dramatically since I first linked to it.)
A few minutes later I was slightly more coherent (and almost philosophical)
Then the reality of the situation started to sink in
I tried to be positive
I was being sarcastic, of course. We’ll return to this subject later on.
I started to see life imitating art in a quite frightening way.
(And, yes, I know I should replace that picture with one of Boris Johnson)
Nigel Farage is (and, apparently, always has been) a despicable man. So it should have come as no surprise that his victory speech was insulting and divisive.
I don’t mind not being considered ordinary, but I’m certain I’m real and I like to think I’m decent. Tom Coates inverted Farage’s phrase nicely.
When Cameron resigned, I immediately became worried about the fall-out.
Really, if your best option is a man who stuck his penis into a pig’s mouth, then it must be clear that you’re in trouble.
Then I checked the stock market and realised that many of the Brexit supporters may have shot themselves in the foot.
A story in the FT illustrated the fall nicely (“nicely” isn’t really the right word!)
The markets bounced back a bit later in the day — but it was one of the most volatile days of trading in history.
Fox News can, of course, always be relied on to get important facts wrong.
Then I started to see data on the demographics of the voting — where it became obvious that it was mainly the older generations who were voting against the EU
Can I just point out that it’s #NotAllBabyBoomers :-/
Remember the £350m a week that was going to be diverted to the NHS. Turns out that was a lie.
It was a lie on many fronts.
- It was a lie because the UK doesn’t send £350m a week to the EU
- It was a lie because it ignored the money that we get back from the EU
- It was a lie because any money saved was never going to be spent on the NHS
It was a lie that the Leave campaign were called out on many times, but they refused to retract it.
To be fair to Farage (and that’s not a phrase I ever expected to write) he wasn’t part of the official Leave campaign, so he wasn’t the right person to ask about this. But someone should certainly take Johnson or Gove to task over it.
Going back to the baby-boomers, I retweeted a friend’s innocent question
Then it started to look like Cameron might not be the only party leader to go in the fallout from the referendum
Incidentally, has anyone seen any evidence of the Lib Dems in this campaign? A couple of days ago I saw footage of Tim Farron in a crowd somewhere. Took me a few seconds to remember who he was; and then another minute or so to remember that he was the leader of the Lib Dems.
Euro-myths have always really annoyed me
More bad news from the City
I should point out that Morgan Stanley have denied the story. I guess time will tell who is telling the truth here.
By mid-afternoon, I was getting really depressed and working on alternative plans
A final thought struck me
I mean, they were a single-issue party. And they’ve won that battle. Surely, there’s no need for the party to exist any longer. They can’t surely expect people to vote for them now (although, UK voters are a very strange bunch). If they closed down, they could all go back to the Tories and Farage and Carswell could get places in the new Johnson/Gove cabinet.
Oh, now I’m really depressed.
Originally published at blog.dave.org.uk on June 25, 2016.