Brexit and the End of the British empire

These extended comments posted under Coming to terms with the end by Ludo deserve a wider audience so I’ve used my ruthless editorial powers to trim them into a free-standing post.

From reader, Contrary:

First, Professor Danny Dorling (Oxford) – on Brexit and the End of the British Empire:

In his lecture he takes Interesting look at geographical features of the distribution in Leave/Remain votes in the EU referendum, raw numbers show it wasn’t the region in the north voting leave that swung the vote, it’s very much middle class southern Englanders. His look at the lack of historical education on the British empire and view of media misinformation is interesting. I’m relating this to the next two videos,,,

So, I thought I would watch the first here to see what a reasonable take might be on the media frenzy around Corbyn’s supposed anti-semitism, and found Gabor a fascinating person:

Gabor Maté on the misuse of anti-Semitism and why fewer Jews identify with Israel
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8TBBhPUwrCU

And on russiagate
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uR07OtEhKPE

Quotations from Gabor Maté:
“Don’t be afraid to be disillusioned. It is better to be disillusioned than it is to be illusioned”
“Don’t be afraid to be disidentified. Don’t identify with something outside yourself to the extent you become uncritical and blind”

I think we should all be careful not to buy into an ideology to the extent we cannot accept criticism of that ideology, as a general rule.

But isn’t it interesting how the ‘Russians interfered’ rhetoric is drummed up every now and then mostly over the past few years, are we trying to find outside excuses for our own flaws in society (hence the brexit vote). From a Scottish perspective, do we tend to be complacent (as a society, that likely includes few that will be reading this blog!) because we can blame the outside agency of Westminster for all our woes. Well, England and Westminster is to blame for the biggest of our woes, their rule, and I think those people that support independence want that independence for positive change – so have already been disillusioned – the question is how to get the rest of our society to also embrace disillusionment?

Strong comments about how the media misleads us, from all these videos, and the idea that people still buy into the myth that is Empire is my take – instead of identifying as individuals they identify self as the British state. They need to be disillusioned then to adopt some self belief. Plenty have been disillusioned over Brexit, but there should be more.

Note how voter apathy probably had a very big effect (first video) on the EU referendum – a low turnout in any vote benefits the two main parties, always, which is why they try and make politics as toxic and confusing as possible. Keep getting told you are fed up of hearing about Brexit, then have the ‘news’ repeat repeat repeat brexit news? Same with the independence rhetoric, the media and politicians try to get people sick of it, to encourage low turnout. We all love hearing about independence of course, but it’s to scare off those not quite disillusioned enough.

So go out and VOTE, vote in the GE, vote for the SNP whether you have to hold your nose or not, because that will be the only thing that MIGHT bring about change. If you don’t vote, we have no chance, we will have sat on our laurels and allowed whatever might be imposed on us. Westminster election is not a Holyrood election – the only time Scotland gets wholehearted representation of any kind in that place is when SNP are there in numbers.

But, of course, don’t be under the illusion that our own domestic politics won’t need sorted out, otherwise we could end up down that same toxic neoliberal path as the UK went down, after we get our independence (or even before). Expect to be disillusioned – but get the independence first. VOTE.

Footnote: Professor Dorling has been a useful source before. See this May 2018 post on the old deranged thought control site:

Standardised mortality rate in Scotland’s hospitals falls by nearly 10% in just three years despite crude mortality levels being static and as ‘20,000 ‘additional deaths’ have occurred in England and Wales in the first 16 weeks of this year.’

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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