Glen Ruffle: In support of the people’s choice

If it’s not Vince Cable or Tony Blair, then its home-grown leftist institutions like the BBC claiming anyone who voted Brexit is racist, an idiot, or both. Pity the average Briton. Perhaps it’s time to make a cup of tea and recall some of the facts...

-          The Brexit vote was a vote against theft. The politicians had given away essential powers to the European Union. No matter whom we sent to London to control immigration, restore sensible laws, or reduce the tax burden, the result was the same. “We can’t change anything”. The people voted to get their sovereignty back.

-          Brexit is a positive vote for home; a vote to say we are a people, and we feel we belong together. It’s a vote that says a polite no to those trying to artificially mix Europe’s nations, cultures and peoples into a new entity with no basis.

-          Belonging arises out of a sense of ownership, and with it, responsibility. It’s impossible to rob democracy from people who don’t feel they own it; and yet that feeling of being denied was tangible among the British people. That’s a good thing; a real triumph against oppression. You don’t get that everywhere in Europe.

-          Brexit was also a vote for those with no voice. Our ancestors bequeathed us traditions, institutions and ways of life that history has proven to work. Yet these were being eroded by the EU.

Brexit was a nod across time saying ‘thank you’ for our freedoms, showing that we value them, and want to pass them on to our grandchildren.

-          The Leave vote was also a vote for fairness. Our welfare systems were build and funded on the basis of belonging, responsibility and obligation. Those who built council houses did so knowing that, one day, it might be their grandchildren who needed housing. They were willing to pay extra tax to help those in their communities. And yet under EU rules these resources were being taken by people who had not contributed, and who often did not plan to stay. That’s not why the system was built; no one planned for ‘our’ housing and schools to become ‘theirs’. No wonder communities have struggled.

-          Brexit was also a vote for life over economics. Yes, economics is important; but there are more important things. Communities have been disgusted as local shops and names have disappeared under the juggernaut of international corporations, which then shift profits offshore to avoid tax. That British feeling of fairness, or responsibility to one’s neighbour, had been roused by European laws facilitating the growth of large trans-continental businesses that come in, change the face of communities, and leave with no care for anything other than the bottom line.

-          British national loyalty is based on love; love of our homes, the land which belongs to us, the nature and landscapes that are ‘ours’. Without this sense it is impossible to feel violated by the activities of foreign states.

-          It is also impossible to have these homely feelings without law that protects ownership and defines the relationship between the state and individual. The expansion of European law and the tradition of Napoleonic code it represents contains a shift in power from the real judgements in case law to the abstract political principles of despots.

-          Brexit was also a vote for clarity. Who do you call if you have foreign policy problems? The EU External Action Service or the Foreign Office? The delineating lines merged ever closer as more and more the EU used national parliaments to enact legislation, hiding behind them and letting them take the brunt of citizen dissatisfaction. Post-Brexit, responsibility shall lie with the collection of politicians sent to Westminster. End of story.

Thus Brexit was a vote for community sovereignty against top-down paternalism. It was a reaffirmation that the nuclear village of responsibility and duty triumphs over the interests of transnational capital.

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