There is no getting away from it. The Leave vote took us all by surprise, even the people who voted for it.
There has certainly been drama to accompany it; lots of hand wringing, political manoeuvring and a massive desire to find someone to blame.
There’s been a focus on the differences in the voters and their attitudes – stereotyping them into urban and global versus patriotic and community minded (that’s the nice version, some of the name calling has been nasty.)
The rehash, London protests and so called experts saying we don’t have to leave, isn’t helping anyone.
It just highlights that the Remain group have the attitude “You are different from me so you are a threat.” This is the same attitude that drove the Leave camp to want to pull out of Europe
I voted to remain because, selfishly, I am worried about the toll this will take on my small business. But now, it is time to put the values we espouse into action.
This is bigger than any individual, bigger than my job. If I fight to protect what I’ve got, at the expense of everyone else, then how am I any different from the people who felt threated by the free movement of Europeans into our job market and our culture?
Some of the best advice I’ve been given is that your sphere of worry should be equal to your sphere of influence. It’s time to regroup and think about what we can influence. Continue reading