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Re: CCT,

I agree, communities and individuals can get to thinking that their problem is a world-wide phenomenon, then focus on one aspect of it, one batch of ideas about it, and blow it totally out of proportion. 

Since the EU formed, I've read that there have been no wars between any members of the Union--70 years of no-wars!  And immigration from war-devastated areas is actually a tiny fraction of total immigration, but the popular view is that the nation is overrun with Middle-eastern refugees. 

It is an interesting fact that, according to usage records, there was a sudden rise, just after your Leave/Stay vote, in searches asking: What would be the effects of the UK leaving the EU?

posted by Ciel on June 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM | link to this | reply

Interesting Ciel, I don't think people think about their own interests so much as they think about their history. Nearly every family in England remembers losing members in mostly recent wars. This may not be logical, but it somehow makes them and us. People groan and moan about things that disturb them and when it reaches the unaffected places one can be pretty certain it festers in communities that feel they suffer unfairly.

 So chop of their heads.

posted by C_C_T on June 25, 2016 at 7:46 AM | link to this | reply

very thought provoking post yet again.

it seems to me that there are many many reasons why people voted the way they did...fear and anger having a big part of their picture.

Look at how Mr Trump keeps working on fear yet where is he today/ Scotland where he is expanding HIS empire. He also admitted to having dealings in Europe. His clothing Co. makes everything in Mexico and in China...he is quite transparently everything that he says he is against. Yet he works on the workers fear of not getting a job. or losing a job. He doesn't say of course that he means to ensure they would have to endure below poverty wages for the workers to compete. 

I am thinking England fears being swallowed by immigrants...yet people have migrated across Europe and from Asia minor and  India etc since hunter and gatherer times.English itself is a potpourri of languages. I had best stop.

posted by Kabu on June 24, 2016 at 11:57 AM | link to this | reply

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