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01 July 2016 @ 01:02 pm
Keeping up with the Brexit  

The dialogue on Once upon a Time may not always be perfect, but there is this delightful line, spoken by Rumplestilstkin, that magic always comes with a price. It’s wonderfully catchy and universal, quite applicable to a lot of things, actually. Being the information junkie that I am, I would never have thought, though, that trying to keep up with the Brexit and its consequences would be one of those pricey things.

Some of you already know that I work in adult education, teaching everything from basic travel English to conversational English, and also British (sometimes Scottish) life and culture to a bunch of open-minded, interested and simply fantastic people, most of them in the 55+ age group, although the folks in the evening classes usually tend to be a bit on the younger side.

So spending the better part of last week discussing the various aspects of the Brexit, professionally but also with family and friends, was exactly what I had expected. What I hadn’t reckoned with, however, was how bloody exhausting these discussions would be, because I am emotionally involved.

In essence, the British Isles aren’t a foreign country to me but rather my holiday home in Europe. I’ve been travelling the UK ever since I was sixteen. Over the years, I’ve consumed more than my share of British culture, literature, history and media; I’ve formed friendships and regularly exchange Christmas cards.

Among my favourite TV people ever are David Attenborough, Simon Schama and Jim Al-Khalili. And if fellow Doctor Who fans inquire about my favourite Doctor, I’ll proudly say it’s the Fifth. (I only caught up with classic DW after the new series had started, and while I’ve seen every classic Doctor in action by now, Fivey is the one I really clicked with on every level, which is kind of sweet, because due to his early 1980s run, Peter Davison’s Doctor would have been the one I had imprinted on as a child if I had grown up in the UK.)

Despite the fact that I certainly think, feel, act and sound unmistakably German in everyday life, it is therefore no wonder that a large part of my personal identity is determined through what I love about the UK.

I would hate to see these ties substantially weakened, due to the bureaucratic complications that are likely to ensue now. Following media reports and political commentaries feels like a trip to some clownish, nonsensical and ugly bizzarro world.

The reports on the rising number of racist attacks on immigrants from other EU countries are leaving me shocked.

This entry was originally posted at http://bimo.dreamwidth.org/74999.html. Comment there or here, as you like. I'd be glad to reply to your comments over on DW.
Current Mood: nauseatednauseated
Kathyh: Kathyh moonkathyh on July 1st, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine said after the vote that it "was as if a dream had died", which is a pretty good description of how I feel about it :(

I find it very hard to deal with the fact that 48% of us voted against this but the view of a small majority takes precedence in something as important as this. It should have required at least a two thirds majority to pass, but it's easy to be wise after the event.

I am still torn between rage and fascination at the whole disaster. As someone with training as a historian it is interesting to see such a convergence between social trends and the actions of individuals in bringing an event of historical importance about. Historians will be arguing for decades (possibly centuries) over what was more important.

"Clownish, nonsensical and ugly bizarro world" is a very good description of the whole ghastly mess.
Bimo: Mug_collectorsbimo on July 1st, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
As someone with training as a historian it is interesting to see such a convergence between social trends and the actions of individuals in bringing an event of historical importance about.

Given the general state of the world, David Cameron probably could not have picked a worse time for the referendum to take place if he had tried to. Therefore I personally would argue just slightly in favour of social trends being the deciding factor. :(