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I'm numb. The hangover from beer last night doesn't help, but the anticipation of the beer I'll have later does.

I have been very impressed with the reportage from John Harris during the campaign. He's been painting a compelling picture of the Britain that doesn't vote in general elections; the precariat, the victims of IDS welfare changes, the excluded, the disenfranchised and disillusioned. Because they don't vote, as far as Westminster is concerned they don't matter. But they aren't a sullen lumpen mass of apathy, their resentments are every bit as real as ours. They have aspirations, but they are not ours. They  want jobs. they want homes.

All the bullshit about "affordable" homes passes them by, because no home is affordable on benefits or minimum wage flexible hours.

And for 30 years, the tabloids have told them to blame the EU. So they do.

Guardian - John Harris - If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got money, you vote out'

"If you've got money, you vote in," she said, with a bracing certainty. "If you haven't got money, you vote out." We were in Collyhurst, the hard-pressed neighbourhood on the northern edge of Manchester city centre last Wednesday, and I had yet to find a remain voter. The woman I was talking to spoke of the lack of a local park, or playground, and her sense that all the good stuff went to the regenerated wonderland of big city Manchester, 10 minutes down the road.

Only an hour earlier, I had been in Manchester at a graduate recruitment fair, where nine out of 10 of our interviewees were supporting remain, and some voices spoke about leave voters with a cold superiority. "In the end, this is the 21st century," said one twentysomething. "Get with it." Not for the first time, the atmosphere around the referendum had the sulphurous whiff not just of inequality, but a kind of misshapen class war.

And now here we are, with that terrifying decision to leave. Most things in the political foreground are finished, aren't they? Cameron and Osborne. The Labour party as we know it, now revealed once again as a walking ghost, whose writ no longer reaches its supposed heartlands. Scotland - which at the time of writing had voted to stay in the EU by 62% to 38% - is already independent in most essential political and cultural terms, and will presumably soon be decisively on its way.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 25th, 2016 at 12:02:42 PM EST

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