Discussion in 'GatorNana's Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by studegator, Jan 19, 2021.
Brexit is strongly linked to xenophobia, according to scientists
Maybe not awesome, but at least informational.
Correlation isn't causation man.
Without even a shred of doubt - xenophobia is definitely a big part of it.
Don’t get me wrong - it wasn’t the only reason but there’s a British Exceptionalism that is alive and well over here right now. If you want evidence, just look at Nigel Farage’s tweet this week about Winston Churchill’s bust being taken out of the Oval Office. He’s a peg short of a clothes line, I swear, but sadly a lot of numpties fall for his brand of woe-is-me-ism! Quite why so many have these grandiose senses of self importance is beyond me, but wave their flags, beat their chests and spout utter tripe they do...
Ending freedom of movement was the catalyst because there was always a media perception that ‘lots of Johnny Foreigner’ types freely came to the UK (to work) under those rules. The papers love to stoke that fire and they have done for 40 or so years. It adds up. Of course, the truths about immigration were frequently twisted to make it sound like anyone doing this was a loafer (when evidence points starkly to the opposite) but that’s just the convenient message they put forward to make their points. Xenophobia is something we excel at. British Exceptionalism.
And so off the back of division, some bare-faced misinformation, and a whole bunch of overt nationalism, it happened. We have seen more than our fair share of it - Polish, Romanians and other Eastern Europeans seemed to get the brunt of it, but oddly there were few, if any, complaints about those coming from predominantly white, English speaking nations though... (I’ll let you figure out why...) but you get the gist.
I think Biden coming in will stoke a lot of people’s enthusiasm for kicking out Our own Mini Donald down the line, but a lot of people are fine living in their own echo chambers so I wouldn’t count on it!
As if the Irishman wasn't going to evict Churchill.
Thank you for an exceptional response Limey! Nothing like hearing it directly from our English Brothers and Sisters.
Knock down a pint for us - maybe there is hope for the Western World!
“Any prospect of good relations”
I mean, really. What a numpty.
Playground politics like this needs to end.
He even said today “Trump’s greatest legacy is that he restored faith and trust in politics. He made promises and kept them.”
Quite the take, even given the amount of grimy sycophancy he’s delivered so far...
UK has so much more to worry about than a damn bust of Winston.
Just a way for numb nuts to get a sound bite.
I dunno, I think Biden should escalate tensions and put a bust of Eamon de Valera (born in the USA) in the White House
I learned some stuff today.
Éamon de Valera - Wikipedia
No no - I prefer Guy Fawkes or Thomas Blood !!
Just kidding Limey!!
I've been watching a few documentaries about 1916 lately haha, I've learned some names. Its pretty fascinating that so many people involved in Irish independence lived in the US for some time.
Thanks for the link, I just learned something today as well!