I’m voting for hope, all that’s left after they opened Pandora’s Box, so I’m voting to Remain

By Steve Cobham a member of one of the SY2E groups.

Leave…Remain…somebody has to win.

However, in reality, everyone loses no matter what the result.The last few months have seen a creeping division based on attitudes towards immigration, with an MP assassinated by a right wing terrorist and Nazi propaganda used as a template for campaign material.

So, after all the “debate” – and I use that term very loosely – we’re left with a Britain that is rather different to that of only a year ago.

A Britain, that if it remains in the EU, will have to embark on a lengthy and difficult process in order to heal the damage done to our social cohesion.

A Britain, that if it leaves the EU, will grow ever more inward looking and divided within itself, whilst lurching towards the far right.

All this is due, in no small part, to the various parties involved in the Brexit campaign. Blame where blame is due.

To me, it’s clear which way to vote. It’s not an easy decision, but it’s the only one which will stand any chance of detoxifying the poison injected into my birth country by forces which are racist and have the potential to foster fascism.

I also see this toxification of UK public and political life as the key issue – it’s far more important than any economic or immigration concerns – and goes to the very soul of the nation, and will determine how far a country which fought fascism will now turn towards it.

What was once unthinkable now isn’t.

But I’m voting for hope – the one human virtue left after this Pandora’s Box was opened – so I’m voting to stay in.

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