Following the Brexit vote a social revolution has taken place, the likes of which has never been seen before. Not that you’d know from the lack of media coverage given to it but it’s a social revolution which has turned the accepted norm onto its head and left those in power scrabbling around trying to play catch up. Some, and by that I mean “The Remoaners” have defaulted to the tried and tested response of labelling those who voted for Brexit as xenophobic little Englanders whereas nothing could be further from the truth. The majority are idealistic revolutionists.
Usually revolution is a term associated with the youth of a society, who are wide eyed and full of naive but passionate idealism. Who are still finding their voice and rebelling against their parents’ old fashioned views and who are ripe for left wing educators to influence with the promise of how much better or fairer the world would be if only x,y or z was done. Which is why student protests exist the world over.
My parents’ generation lived through the 50s and 60s where they rebelled against rationing and social conditioning. My generation lived through the Thatcher years, the miners’ strikes and the Poll Tax riots. Every generation has lived through their own period of frustration and anger at the mess left by the generation before. Youth has always led this protest at the injustices which they perceive in society.
Yet the Brexit Revolution isn’t youth led. It’s led by my generation and the generations before me and we are doing so without left wing educators and agitators urging us to “Stick it to the man.” I recall wondering as a young man why my parents generation never fixed the problems in our society which were plainly obvious for me to see, yet which they had given up on trying to change. Not through a conscious decision of theirs but because children, bills, mortgages and life in general were their main focus and they just didn’t have the time to think about everything else going on in the world around them. As a young man I had plenty of time to do nothing but think of these things as do most young people of the day.
So why suddenly has a social revolution occurred in a way which has never been before? Why is Brexit and the desire for change being led not by youth, but by their parents and grandparents? It’s a very peculiar issue and anomaly. I imagine that social commentators with far more sense of importance than I have their own theories, but I have mine and they are very simple. We were lied to.
However we’ve always been lied to; the difference this time though is that we found out about the lies. We can watch 24 hour news coverage, and we can read and see on social media how very little has changed since we were young and full of idealism. The youth of today are still being manipulated by vested interests to endorse a view which isn’t necessarily accurate.
We can see this now, as they did the same to us. The old adage of when you look for something you can find it has never been more relevant. We looked and we found. We thought then that we were changing the world for the better, where in reality we were changing the world for other people, who would then benefit from our efforts. The same is true today.
Can you imagine a situation where young people are apparently screaming for the status quo to remain? It’s unheard of. Youth want revolution, but not this generation apparently. They are being fed lies. Lies which we too acted upon over a generation or more ago.
We can see this now. We can see through these lies and the charade which the main political parties have taken part in. Each manipulating the youth for their own ends and agendas. We see it and it’s because that we see it, that we felt the need to actually, finally, “Stick it to the man.” The EU Referendum was that opportunity.
After all these years of manipulation and only because of the power of instant communication and knowledge at your finger tips have the older generation had the ability to finally change things for the better. A complete rejection of multi-nationalism, of cosy arrangements at our expense, of powerful, self opinionated windbag politicians who tell us that something is for our benefit when it is so plainly for theirs and not ours, has occurred.
We rejected it and we rejected them. Finally our idealism which others had directed for their own ends back in our youth was finally being directed where it should’ve been in the first place and we rejoiced when the vote for Leave was announced. We’d done it. We now just had to explain to the young that we hadn’t robbed them of a future. We had saved their future despite them being fed with inaccuracies by the same left wing educators we once had.
We have had to bear being labelled as xenophobic, uneducated populists by the sneering vested interests, but it’s worth it. Their labels mean nothing if you dismiss them with the contempt they deserve. We voted for Brexit and we rebelled, finally and gloriously we rebelled.
We never repeated the mistakes of our parents, and we can, and will explain that to those currently crying as if the world has ended. We didn’t concede defeat, we finally rebelled and made a difference.
It felt good and each and every single one of the 52% who voted to Leave should be proud of what they did. As you finally stood up and made a difference and for that I applaud each and every one you.
“You finally stuck it to the man.” Well done!