Happy Now?

Nothing else seems to matter at the moment. It’s hard to focus on life outside the post-referendum nightmare, hard to believe that after securing only 52% of the vote (and just 72% of the electorate voted), leaving the EU seems to be universally accepted in the House of Commons – though not out here, not in the wider community I know. Like just about everyone I come across, I’m angry, upset and feeling pretty impotent. Then I read this. It pretty much sums up how I feel. Please read it.

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It is day four in the Big Brexit house.

I had hoped after Friday’s absolute catastrophe of a day that the country might somehow magically rally over the weekend. I mean, when you plunge your country into possible ruin on the promise of a golden future that will allow it to rise like a phoenix from the flames, you have a plan, right?

As it turns out, you don’t. The only person that seems to have any plan at all, and be acting on it rather than just spouting meaningless Churchillian rhetoric is Nicola Sturgeon, and I can’t even vote for her.

I was distraught and angry on Friday. I had hoped to feel better by today. Instead I am running on barely controlled rage and getting more enraged by the moment.

Here are a few things I am furious about:

Firstly, leave voters telling me to calm down. I’m sorry…

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20 thoughts on “Happy Now?”

  1. I’m so glad you reblogged this, Margaret – I read it earlier today and it just about summed up how I feel too. Over here, too, lots of us are channelling our anger into action, but in spite of that I don’t think anyone feels less than impotent in the face of such betrayal, ineptitude and sheer refusal to take responsibility. I can’t begin to see how this will end – probably a good thing as I’m not sure I want to. Roll on French nationality.

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  2. I am totally saddened by the reaction of everyone who is expresses anger and hatred to people who had the audacity to say they wanted to leave EU. The point of a referendum is that it can go either way and if you sleep walk through life assuming everyone is as happy with life as you are you may be in for a big shock when you find out that actually they weren’t. What we all need to do is to make sure that everyone has enough to eat, a roof over their head , the education and health system works , the elderly are cared for and people have a job. Until that happens don’t be surprised that when asked people vote for change. Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.

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    1. Indeed. There is no sense that any of the politicians responsible for this mess are taking the time to reflect on it. Just surging blindly on as if there was a clear-cut decision in which nobody has been hurt.

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  3. I agree and the points made are the same as, or very similar to, those made by me at our local debate. i like almost 4m others have signed the petition which has, so far, had no response from the government.

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    1. I’ve written to our – Tory of course – MP (a Remainer) to ask him why no discussion has taken place about the fact that the vote was so close and un- clear-cut. But it’s all about the Leadership now. Desperate times.

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  4. Well put KatyBoo1 and thoughtfully reposted Margaret. A question – is it just where I live (46% Remain, 54% Leave) that nobody is admitting they voted leave? Perhaps my neighbours saw my Remain poster in the window and now feel too embarrassed to talk to me! This vote hasn’t done much for social cohesion even in a quiet, sleepy part of Norfolk. Desperate and sad times indeed.

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    1. Whereas my area was awash with ‘We want our country back’ type posters – not in the windows of the people we knew, of course. The usual stereotype: country dwellers wanted out, apparently. Now what, eh?

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      1. It’s hard, you try not to dwell on the negatives, so I’m hoping that ‘Out’ will not mean backwards despite what many of the Leave people seem to want. Hoping that somebody, somewhere will finally get their act together and devise a PLAN for the future!!!!

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  5. Thank-you for the reblog Margaret. I am still feeling so unhappy and angry and every day brings more horrors. I am deeply ashamed of the way many of the people in this country are behaving and I can’t do anything about it.

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    1. There are a lot of us, Clare. I feel very impotent indeed, but I’m looking for ways to do small things, and to find others to do bigger things with. But it does feel as bit as if it’s displacement activity while the country we thought we knew tumbles down into the abysss.

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  6. Thanks for directing us to the post by katyboo – it was cathartic …and I don’t even live in Britain. I’ve read a lot trying to understand just what happened there and have come to see that given all the layers of motivation it is almost incomprehensible. It is so sad to see your country so divided. In a world with so many borders the EU, with all its problems, was such a great symbol and now it too may be in peril. The rise in xenophobia and racism everywhere is a dark cloud that hangs over us all…and we have the spectre of Trump just to the south of us.

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  7. That was a really interesting response to the vote–I learned a lot about why so many are feeling so angry and scared now. I would love to have the nerve to write so candidly and be so forceful!

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    1. Do you know, Kerry, we’re all feeling candid and forceful over here at the moment. It’s just hard to know where to direct it all. Everyone’s exchanging well-expressed arguments, polemic and examples of dark humour via social media, but the Good Guys, as we think of ourselves, are simply talking to other Good Guys.

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