Sunday, June 26, 2016

[The Life of Shaun #529] Brexit blues

I am sad for my city.  Working in an industry that's heavily dependent on the single market, I am worried about my place in it.  But even if that turns out to be an unfounded fear, I am still anxious about the London of the future.

The thing I love the most about my city is its diversity and openness, both in mind and to the world.  Londoners relish in dinner parties of ten with nine foreign guests, the cacophony of languages in the tube and on our streets, circles of friends of all hues, religions and histories.  London feels like a world city in a way New York could only dream of, a capital city that citizens of the world can call their own.

None of that has changed in the 48 hours since middle England succumbed to a campaign of fear over facts, but London, and Britain, suddenly feel much smaller.  The Big Smoke is no longer the economic and cultural epicentre of a continent, but an outsized capital of a diminishing country that's been cut down at the knees by its insular, xenophobic hinterland.

I still love London, and want to stay here to be with my people and fight for it.  But will I love the London of three, five or ten years hence?  As Great Britain becomes Little England, as international mobility deteriorates and the churn of nationalities, people and ideas through our streets slows, what kind of city will it be?  Will it continue to be the preeminent global city, or just a bigger version of Birmingham?

Of course it's too soon to make any life decisions, but I am mulling plan Bs.  Should I move to the continent while I still can?  If Scotland votes for independence, can I relocate to Glasgow in time to be swept back into the EU with it?  Do I make a radical change and try something totally new?  Trudeau's Canada seems a good fit, and I hear Wellington, New Zealand is awfully nice.

For now, I am still IN, but melancholy and disheartened - the very opposite of what it means to be a Londoner.

Shaun














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Saturday, June 25, 2016

[The Life of Shaun #528] Brexit

"A quick note on the first three tragedies.

Firstly, it was the working classes who voted for us to leave because they were economically disregarded, and it is they who will suffer the most in the short term. They have merely swapped one distant and unreachable elite for another.

Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors. 

Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in an HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said, 'The British people are sick of experts', he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has led to anything other than bigotry?"

                    -Nicholas, FT comment


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

[The Life of Shaun #527] Modern Family

My niece, Danai, had to make a family tree for school this week.  It's a mesh of nationalities, ethnicities, religions and sexualities, and it filled me with joy.  This is our future; not the racist, nativist, divisive hate being peddled by Trump, Farage and the Right across the globe.  They can strop all they want, but the world is changing.  And what a wonderful world it will be.




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