Referendum reveals snobbery of remainers
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The world awoke last Friday morning to the news that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. As someone who had campaigned and voted for Brexit, I was understandably thrilled. However, despite being pleased with the result, I knew that it would cause many in the country hurt, confusion, and anger. The scenes of throngs of ashen-faced remain supporters highlighted this – not least of all because their immediate reaction was akin to pope’s responses in the aftermath of a natural disaster. However, what the response has really revealed is just how out touch many of our politicians and media are – especially those on the left. Moreover, it has also demonstrated the snobbish elitism and intolerance of many who call themselves liberal. For example, as the count began to reveal that leave might win, many Labour politicians offered their own interpretation of why so many people voted to leave. They smugly asserted that many from working class backgrounds had simply voted leave as a protest vote or to show their disdain for the Conservatives, or because they had been tricked by the Leave campaign. Such remarks are the height of arrogance, as they suggest that the working class are nothing more than slack-jawed troglodytes who are so motivated by contempt for the Tories, and so ignorant and uneducated, that they were unable to appreciate the consequences of their decision. As a result, they argue, there should be another referendum as the plebs have voted the wrong way. They must be re-educated so that they learn to vote the correct way – failing that, their decision should be ignored because middle-class, well educated politicians and journalists know what’s best for the chavs.
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