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ireland / britain / migration / racism Thursday June 30, 2016 06:19 by Andrew
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Nigel Farage in front of a Leave poster
which many pointed out was very similar to a Nazi propaganda film.

The Leave / Brexit vote in the referendum came in the end as a surprise, a narrow win for Remain was expected. This may be because the core Leave vote was in the run-down white working class communities of the now desolate English and Welsh industrial zones. A population trapped in conditions of long-term unemployment and poverty who no one really pays much attention to anymore.

Some on the left have seized on the makeup of this core vote to suggest that there was some progressive element to the Brexit vote despite the campaign being led by racist hatemongers and wealthy US-oriented neoliberals. Mostly that's a mixture of wishful thinking and post hoc justification for having called for a Leave vote in the first place, but it is true that a section of the working class, C2DEs in marketing speak, voted to Leave in close to a 2:1 ratio. Is the class composition of that vote enough to automatically make it progressive regardless of content? And what does it tell us that a section of the radical left seems to think the answer to that question is yes, that it is enough to be anti-establishment?

See also:

• Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum
• 10 point guide for post Brexit resistance as racist right wins EU referendum

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Nigel Farange in front of a Leave poster which many pointed out was very similar to a Nazi propaganda film. imageMaking sense of the Brexit tide of reaction and the reality of the racist vote Jun 30 06:19 by Andrew 5 comments

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