While a lot of people firmly believe that they were right to vote leave – obviously their prerogative – and look forward to when the UK eventually leaves the European Union, many other leave-voters believe they were scammed by the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.
Voters’ guilt is a very real thing at the moment as the value of the pound drops to, apparently, no end and the government is doing its best impression of the Sugarbabes.
During the James O’Brien show on LBC yesterday, a man named Bill called in to talk about about the mess surrounding Brexit.
During the call, he said that he voted leave and eventually came to regret his decision, blaming himself for what’s happening to the United Kingdom. Bill eventually broke into tears, asking:
“What have I done to my country? I’m so sorry…“
O’Brien tries to console him, but it doesn’t seem to work too well.
O’Brien then added:
“I’m not going to let you blame yourself, Bill. No.
Blame them, Bill, blame them. Do not blame yourself. Don’t be sorry, be angry. And if you’re not angry yet, I’ll be angry on your behalf.
That right there is why I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for the last two and a half years.”
He’s right. Objectively a lot of people have voted leave for the wrong reasons – deep-lying prejudices and the like – but a many, many voters were led to believe that they were genuinely doing the right thing for the country they love.
They could have done more research and ultimately didn’t, but when you have people telling you that leaving the EU will solve all of your problems and the NHS will be more powerful than ever, you can’t blame some for having their heads turned.
For now, Brexit is a huge mess, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way for a while, thanks to lies and betrayal. While immigrants and students who want to work abroad are the main victims, people like Bill have also been dealt a bad hand.
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