The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has been the catalyst to some very ugly exchanges this week on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. From the safety and anonymity of bedrooms up and down the country people have been hurling abuse around in the most unedifying way. Bitterness is in the air.
I have watched in growing horror as the threats have become ever uglier, ever more vehement. Bad losers are one thing, but losers who turn to intimidation and bullying are a different thing altogether.
From the girl bemoaning the fact that her ‘cheap flights’ and ‘phone charges’ are going to increase due to ‘old, senile, white racists’ to someone whose life of leisure on the Spain’s Costa del Sol would seem to be under threat from self-same ‘old, racists,’ the discourse is heading towards a very, very dark place.
Here, in all its glorious technicolour, is one such rant from yet another disappointed Remain voter, one whose community arts-based business benefits from various public funding streams, a fact which may or may not have informed the following invective:
I know that most of my friends are sharing in my feeling of horror and revulsion this morning, however if you are one of those stupid deluded nationalist fuckwits that has done this to us, please do me a favour and de-friend me now - I don't think I will ever be able to forgive your pathetic ignorance, wilful stupidity and sick and twisted racism. Enjoy the brief feeling of glory before you have to acknowledge the full horror of your bigoted twisted views. Don't try to justify, defend or sugar coat, just close the door on your way out. I feel sick to the stomach and horrified at what you have done.
As I write the BBC and Guardian are indeed doing their very best to whip up rhetoric that is as divisive as it is aggressive. And judging from the comments just quoted, they are succeeding, too.
Specifically, they are attempting to fuel inter-generational hostility, an old v young polarisation of the recent EU Referendum i.e. by voting out, old, senile, white racists have ruined the future prospects of an entire generation. For organisations forever berating those who ‘divide’ us and propagate the politics of ‘hate,’ it’s nothing if not an interesting way of framing the debate.
Such reporting not only smacks of sour grapes, but is also highly inflammatory and just plain reckless. Have a peek on Twitter or such like and you will encounter some very highly charged messages from ‘young’ people accusing ‘old’ people of screwing up their lives and worse. The tone is hard, mean, recriminatory…
Not that this concerns the BBC and Guardian unduly, a couple of media organisations still licking their wounds after what has been a resounding rejection of their neo-liberal globalist agenda. And boy how it hurts. It hurts so much that these ‘enlightened’ left-wing news outlets are now out for vengeance. Oh yes, they’re looking for a target upon which they can unleash their ire.
Step forward, ‘old people.’
According to those charming people who call the Liberal-Left home, old people don’t matter that much. Soon enough they’ll be dead, right? So why the hell should they be involved in a future that doesn’t concern them? Nice.
Among some highly dubious contentions, this latest BBC and Guardian ‘narrative’ has to be one of their most hideous to date, a narrative specifically devised to cause distrust and unrest. A narrative calculated to divide. A narrative calculated above all else to fracture.
Having watched how the EU referendum has unfolded these past few weeks I have been particularly struck by not only the nastiness of the Remain side as realised by the BBC, Guardian and the likes of Geldof, but the sheer scale of their selfishness and entitlement has been truly shocking.
From the good folk of Gibraltar through Peter Mandelson’s and the Kinnock’s EU pension rights to our friends worried about cheap phone tariffs, a substantial number of these people seem to have no other reason for supporting the EU other than financial incentivisation.
The list is a long one too, for the tentacles of the EU reach long and far.
The BBC, virtually the entire arts industry, the mainstream media, the bulk of the political class, charities, universities, bankers, global capitalists… follow the money and there’s a very good chance all roads will inevitably lead to Brussels.
Despite the incessant narratives of the Liberal-Left, this referendum was actually never about old v young. General Elections have never been about old v young, yet it is well known that older voters favour Conservative, while younger voters favour Labour. So why the ageism? And why now?
The answer to that question gets to the heart of the neo-liberal agenda favoured by elitists such as the Guardian and BBC. For this is the agenda of a globalist elite who have decided that, as self-declared progressives, they know what is the best way forward for the little people like you and me.
And now that their globalist agenda has been rejected they are smarting.
Expect in the coming weeks therefore plenty more recalcitrant Leave voters to be door-stepped by cunning BBC and Channel 4 journalists. Expect these highly selective and edited ‘interviews’ to be models of regret and shame as these ‘old’ and very contrite voters reveal their disgusting working class ignorance.
Expect plenty of sneering from the effete Liberal elite telly gang lead by the likes of Evan Davis, Matt Frei and the utterly repugnant Jon Snow. Expect the old v young ‘narrative’ thus to be propagated without cessation and, most worryingly, without any consideration for the effects upon the immature minds of those upon whom this invective is intended to inflame.
If, God forbid, this narrative does push one of these brainwashed, hate-driven millennials into an act of violence against one of the BBC’s reviled ‘old, white, racists,’ then I hope and pray these Left-wing hyenas will finally stop with their hateful narratives. Somehow I doubt it.
In the world outside the media and political elitist bubble, accepting defeat gracefully allows individuals to retain their dignity, to walk away with their heads held high.
What a quaint thought, the mind-set no doubt from a bygone era, the choice of behaviour of those horrible 'old' people. The past. Who needs it?