Mass Exodus of the U.K

Discussion in 'Off Topic Area' started by Pretty In Pink, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter

    I have multiple theories, not mutually exclusive.

    1. They don't know. I'm not being clever either, Brexit has just straight up shown that a lot of politicians, like the public, don't actually know anything about the EU or how it works. That's not surprising for the public, I only know because of my degree, but for the government it's more than a little concerning. (Edit 1 below)

    2. Politicians have a basic refusal to ever tell the public they're straight up wrong. If you ever watch Question Time, as an example, you can have an objectively idiotic statement from someone and an MP will still give a washy roundabout answer. Votes are all, and politicians don't want to risk negative press by telling people they're factually wrong about something. Trust me, I find that infuriating too.

    3. Brexit is too far gone. May wanted to remain, and now she's banging the drum to respect the referendum result harder than anyone else in Parliament, even when there's increasing support for another vote or just to extend the deadline. There's such a strong sense of...I can't find the word. Entitlement is wrong but it's the closest. Brexit has to happen basically. So telling people all they think about the EU is wrong comes across as undermining brexit. For the Tories at least, given that this happened to prevent them losing voters to UKIP, they can't really afford to annoy that crowd by, again, telling them they're wrong. For Labour, well, Corbyn doesn't like the EU so why would he. The Libdems and the Greens are saying some of this stuff, but don't get any wide coverage.(Edit 2 below)

    4. The media is pretty fully behind brexit. A lot of the misconceptions exist because the media has stoked them. Unsurprising, given all the popular ones are owned by one dude who would do well out of not having the EU introduce their tax evasion laws, among a few other things. This is serious enough the EU Commission actually has a website dedicated to all the times the UK media has outright lied about something the EU has done for the sake of causing outrage. "bendy bananas" being the most well known example, but here's the full list.

    European Commission in the UK - European Commission

    5. People wouldn't listen. I'm going to sound very elitist and egotistical here, but I am a firm believer that the more people you talk to, the more the IQ drops. And frankly, if brexit has revealed one singular fact to me, its that the average person has zero interest in objective learning. I can not tell you how long I've spent the last two years doing my best to debunk myths about the EU that are widely believed. I can tell you that less than a handful of people have read what I've said and then changed their mind. Brexit is a heart issue. People truly, deeply believe what they're voting for, and something as inconvenient as facts simply does not matter. I can tell you in a paragraph why the EU is not a dictatorship (and arguably is actually more democratic than the UK system) and I have had it roundly ignored and the same debate continued for days after on plenty of occasions. Now that doesn't excuse the government from not at least trying to do that, but I do think it would be an exercise in futility. (Edit 3 below)


    An add here. In a debate about the Irish backstop a Conservative MP basically said that Ireland should learn its place and why is it even getting involved in the discussion. About their own border. While being a sovereign country. Like brexit wasn't largely about the UK wanting secure borders, and then a year of people shouting at Ireland and the EU for wanting the same. That's one example of the kind of people we have in Parliament and the level of information some of them have.

    2) The simplest way of showing this actually is, again with the Irish border, as it stands there's basically two choices in reality: A hard border, or we agree have a customs union with the EU. Those are the only two actual choices. Neither of those is palatable to people who voted leave however, so the government won't confront people with that reality because it would be unpopular.

    3) WTO Rules is another example. Hard brexit people parrot that at me now they've seen it said somewhere before, and flat out ignore being informed that WTO rules very much don't solve the Irish border question.

    And on the border in general, a lot of people seem to believe we can just unilaterally decide "well we say no and we're walking away" like that would solve the issue. I think the average person just can't grasp international relations and the fact that the UK exists in a community of other countries that we can't just remove ourselves from.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2019
  2. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    1. They couldn't organise a drinking session in a brewery.

    2. All their messaging is sabotaged and contradicted from within their own ranks along the eurosceptic battle lines.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2019
  3. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    I'm looking forward to having good old fashioned bendy British bananas back though... sick of eating these straight ones from Brussels.
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  4. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter

    I've edited that post a few times now to try to make it more readable. If its still a challenge and anyone has any ideas how to make it easier, please let me know
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  5. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    All straight fruit and veg is rubbish....celery, leeks...and now bananas. Crazy rules made by that randomly appointed lot in Brussels. o_O
  6. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter

    Oh, a couple other reasons but I don't want to make the last post any messier than it already is.

    1. The only real way to debunk this stuff now is social media, and its just a horrible platform for that. If I talk to people one on one, or on a more moderated and level-headed setting like here, you can have a nice conversation. Social media however just has some sort of culture or environment where no one has any interest in reading, thinking, and then replying.

    2. A very, very big problem, exemplified by my last post, is the EU is complicated. Leave has a much, much easier time of getting support by just saying catchy slogans: "take back control," "unelected eurocrats" etc etc.

    Debunking those, asking what we're taking back control from and how, usually, we already have it, or the how 'unelected eurocrats' thing, takes a few sentences and that just does not work when you're talking to a mass audience. Plus, frankly. the EU is complex. It is a mess of bureaucracy and legal work because, surprisingly, that's necessary to effectively run an organisation of the EU's size. And also arguably why its been, if I may say so, as successful as it has been. However, that makes it quite difficult to access and there is a bit of a threshold to understanding it.

    Like, again, elitist, but I work in retail and my partner works in care. Both of us work with what you can call the more typical "everyman" or average person, and both of us have explained things to people as simply as we can and it's just been too complicated. Either because it is complicated, or usually because once an explanation takes more than a sentence or two, a lot of people switch off. I can explain things about the EU to people, but they need to be willing to sit and listen and engage for a few minutes, just by necessity, and that's something a lot of people don't seem to want to do. That's 1-1. When talking to a country and needing to do headlines and billboards and stuff, that just ain't happening.
  7. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    ...and that's all without even getting into the links between Robert Mercer, Steve Bannon, Nigel Farage, Aaron Banks and the Russian government.

    NPR Choice page
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  8. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Do you mean the quota system?
  9. Old bloke

    Old bloke Active Member

  10. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

  11. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Re the UK vs GB vs England!
  12. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    Simple and straight forward.
  13. Old bloke

    Old bloke Active Member

    Although the geographical, and political statements are correct, and we tolerate each other, it is simply not true that us English see the other countries as yolkles who spend too much time with their sheep, well perhaps that is true of the Welsh, but the Scottish are too busy for that, they are gracing every supermarket and high street in England relieving us of our annoying spare change, and then being sick on us of an evening, and as for Northern Ireland, never heard of it.
  14. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    ^ and thats why everyone hates the english....
  15. Old bloke

    Old bloke Active Member

    And we don't mind that
  16. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Speak for yourself, I mind that my fellow countrymen make me look bad by association.
  17. Old bloke

    Old bloke Active Member

    I thought deadpool had a sense of humour, perhaps I was wrong
    I bet your a Corbyn fan as well
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2019
  18. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Perhaps a serious thread about the damage older voters have caused the country is the wrong place for jokes about old stereotypes....
    Then again your an "Old bloke" who's pro brexit who didn't understand what he was voting for, so perhaps some stereotypes arnt all wrong......

    Bloody beaker people, coming over here with their drinking vessels.....

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  19. Old bloke

    Old bloke Active Member

    Thought so
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  20. Old bloke

    Old bloke Active Member

    The best discription of Jeremy Corbyn I have heard...
    You're walking down the street and see a turtle on a fence post, you stop and take a second look, to make sure what you are seeing is for real, you know it never got there by its self, you know it has no idea how it got there, you know it has no idea of what it's doing there, and you know its got no idea on how to get down.

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