Yet another politician who supported remaining within the EU has resorted to insulting the people who voted to leave. Incapable of comprehending their defeat and refusing to accept the results of a truly democratic vote by the largest number of people ever to vote on anything in the United Kingdom, the ‘losing’ politicians are now trying to persuade you that only stupid racists voted to leave. You’re not a stupid racist, are you? No, of course not, so if we can somehow blag a second referendum, you’ll vote to stay this time, won’t you? Because otherwise you’d be a stupid racist, wouldn’t you? Good children, now go and vote the way the EU wants you to.
Nostalgia and Racism
According to Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, the leave vote can all be laid at the door of racist older people, although he avoided using those precise words.
Cable said the votes of the older generation had “crushed the hopes and aspirations of young people for years to come”, as if the ‘younger generation’ voted unanimously to remain and as if they somehow were the only people whose rights counted. Take note, old people, you don’t matter. Vince Cable wants the votes of younger people and perhaps a seat at the EU gravy train and so what you want is no longer important. You’re officially unimportant to the Lib Dems.
Cable told an audience of Lib Dem activists “I confess that my own initial reaction to the referendum was to think maybe there was little choice but to pursue Brexit. I thought, you know, the public had voted to be poorer – well, that was their right. What changed my mind was the evidence that Brexit had overwhelmingly been the choice of the older generation. 75% of under 25s voted to remain. But 70% of over 65s voted for Brexit,” he said.
As we’ve already established, ‘the older generation’ have no rights whereas younger voters, who Cable presumably sees as his party’s only hope against extinction, have the divine right to get whatever they want, no matter how many other people vote differently.
Cable continued, saying too many older voters were driven by “nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white and the map was coloured imperial pink. And it was their votes on one wet day in June which crushed the hopes and aspirations of young people for years to come,” he said.
If you need to reach for a sick bag at this point, please feel free.
Well, all the figures which tell us who voted and how they voted are based on polls, not counts. Yes, companies phoned voters and asked if they voted and how they voted. So they’re about as reliable as the pre-referendum polls that said ‘Remain’ would win by a country mile. So, we’re not debating facts – please remember that.
If you want to look at analysis of figures relating to the Brexit referendum, voter turnout and votes, try this one, entitled “How Britain voted in the 2016 EU referendum” by Ipsos.
More or less all analysis shows that a smaller percentage of voters aged 18-34 voted than any other age group. More voters aged 18-44 claimed to have voted ‘Remain’ and more voters aged 45+ claimed to have voted ‘Leave’. The result was a majority voting to leave. That’s the Brexit referendum result in a nutshell.
I say ‘claimed’ above because votes in Britain are private and we will never know the truth of these figures.
On the basis that those voters aged 18-34 who couldn’t drag themselves to the voting stations would have voted to remain, and on the basis that people aged 18-34 have more rights than the rest of the electorate, who only voted leave because they’re stupid racists, we should ignore the actual referendum result and somehow contrive a way to overturn it. That’s about the essence of it.
It’s just a shock to hear the leader of a political party (albeit a small and unimportant one on the verge of extinction) telling voters that they are stupid racists and they they have no right to vote on the future of the country if they’re aged over 35 or don’t vote the same way as the under-35s.
So we raise a glass to Sir Vince Cable for telling us how his party view the electorate and those who vote against them, and how he sees voters aged 45 or more. You’re mostly delusional racists, apparently.