Landscape in my Head
There’s a landscape in my head
It comes from the national zeitgeist.
The combined will of everyone
How every last sentiment is priced.
I’d like it to be compassionate,
Outward looking, caring and true.
But Brexit unleashed the nastiness
The racism just grew and grew.
Now we’re isolated on our own
With the ‘Little Englander’ mentality.
Blaming all the foreigners
For the blunder that is our reality.
It empowered all the nationalists
Who crawled out from every crevice.
Snarling their xenophobic slogans
Like bulldogs full of menace.
It’s not just the wealth we’ve squandered,
Greedily snatched by profiteers;
It’s the friendships that we’ve shat on
Built up through many years.
The landscape that I now live in
Is made by ugly bullying pigs.
Created by arrogant Brexiteers
And a bunch of Tory prigs.
The England that I crave
Is tolerant, outward and true.
The one that welcomed the Huguenots,
And stood up for the Jew.
An England worth fighting for
Not narrow-minded arrogance.
I’ll strive for a better vision
Worthy of taking a stance!
Opher – 11.4.2021
For me it isn’t just the money that’s been wasted or the nasty little profiteers who saw an opportunity to make millions. It’s not even the monetary costs that will throw millions into poverty and cause decades of austerity. It’s not the loss of jobs or the firms going bust or fleeing into Europe. It’s not the masses of red tape and the curtailing of my liberties.
For me it is the emotional impact – the change from an outward looking country full of tolerance, cooperation and friendship to an isolated nation viewing the ‘foreigner’ as the enemy. The rise of xenophobia and racism is just the expression of this unpleasant nationalistic fervour. It’s empowered the fascists, racists and scum.
I’m not suggesting that all Brexiteers are racist fascists. But by voting for such a damaging outcome they have unleashed and empowered the worst slimy breed.
It’s going to take decades to undo the harm.
England is so much the less.