The value of the pound has fallen through the rough, Dave has lost his job and Britain is hurtling towards the inevitability of Boris Johnson as our next Prime Minister.
But who’s fault is it that we may no longer be able to purchase Mars Bars or have cheap lads holidays in matching t-shirts to Magaluf? Well here are the contenders…
Jeremy Corbyn, the Left, Labour and Blairites
A large proportion of individuals that voted to leave the EU are working-class and in the past would have been associated with the left and labour. Perhaps this highlights just how out of touch the left are with the working-class. But who’s fault is this? Perhaps it is Ed Miliband for failing to address the immigration worries of many at the last general election. Perhaps it is the Blair government which promised so much in 1997 but in the end essentially let us down. What about the New Labour government that failed to repair the damage left behind after the financial crisis of 2008.
Or perhaps, it is Jeremy Corbyn? Many have touted his campaign to stay in the EU as spineless and an embarrassment. Corbyn himself has always been labelled as a ‘eurosceptic’ so how could anyone really believe that he wanted to stay. When asked how he strongly he felt about remaining in the EU on a scale of 1-10, Corbyn answered “7 and a half” – hardly convincing. This may be the conclusion that so many had feared – Corbyn has lost the working-class vote and has lost his parties support.
But Scotland voted to stay, how can they be to blame?
Well the Scotland turnout was far lower than expected. If they had had the same turnout as they received at their referendum last year then Remain would have won 50.1% to 49.9%.
Yes that’s right, your beloved curtain touching, countdown watching, Alan Titmarsh loving Gran who voted to leave because she “read it in the Daily Maile my love”. Obviously this is satire and a generalization that is unfair. But the correlation between age and how we voted is astounding. Just look at that graph!
It was unnecessary, he didn’t have to call a referendum. Yes many wanted one, but it didn’t have to happen. The sole blame lies at David Cameron, he called a referendum that he thought he could win and he lost. It’s certainly his fault that we had the referendum, but is it also his fault that the remain side lost? Perhaps. Cameron should have made sure he was going to win, he didn’t. Maybe if he had lowered the voting age to 16 he would still have a job and we would still have Mars Bars.
Everyone’s favorite man, or most hated man, it’s one or the other. He divides opinions like marmite and now he’s divided the EU. Not an official ambassador for the Leave campaign but he just couldn’t help but get involved. Driving buses around claiming that leaving the EU would provide the NHS with an extra £350 million (which he has since admitted on GMB may have been a ‘mistake’).
Farage may be a c*nt to so many, but you cannot ignore how effective he is as a public figure. His pint in one hand and estuary accent appeals to the everyday-man. Men in vans like him, mums at home like him, because unlike many politicians Farage is a communicator in ‘human’. His popularity cannot be ignored and it reveals the resentment and disregard to the traditional politician. And when the results were confirmed in the early hours of Friday morning, Farage was there, unscripted and triumphant while so many other politicians were consulting their team of press advisors and script writers. Farage does what he wants, and apparently, so do the British public now.
2008 financial crisis
8 years ago the world market crashed which lead to Gordon Brown and his pals having to pump millions of pounds back into our banks, which lead to higher taxes to subsidize this and a subsequent recession. The UK is still feeling the negative consequences to 2008 today and some believe that the feeling of economic disregard by many has lead to a direct response to want to leave the EU. Perhaps if bankers and those at the top of the stock market had been prosecuted during the crisis then the UK would have seen greater economic stability which may have not provoked a reaction 8 years later to leave the EU.