Bright side; at least now I _know_ the majority of folk in this country are xenophobic redneck idiots, as opposed to just _suspecting_ it.
Or genuinely didn't know which way to vote because they didn't know who to believe. Uneducated or not inclined to do research or so sick of the polarised awful state of politics or whatever, but that doesn't make them bad people. I think demonising them isn't going to help anyone, certainly not the left.
Save it for Farage and Gove, for Johnson and the media and for the people who gleefully said "I just want to see what happens". Don't dish out disdain and contempt to people who have been utterly failed by politicians and by society, people who have been told again and again how it's all the immigrants' fault that their lives are hard.
I agree that rhetoric is not harmless and people have had their fears masterfully played upon, by a far-right movement intent on gaining power by blaming immigrants. However, people can lobby their MP or not vote for Bullingdon Club Tories who were only ever going to look after the landed gentry. The main parties offer nothing. No representation at all. However there's nothing stopping people starting new political movements, running for parliament themselves. This is just shooting themselves in the foot
But people don't know that. The idea of most working class people starting a political movement shows a complete lack of understanding of the issues that face them. It just isn't a possibility for most people. It requires money, time and education to start political movements. And yeah, those of us who have some of those things could do that, but why should working class people trust us? Why should they listen to yet another group of people telling them they know what's best? Leaving the EU is a fucking awful thing to do, but shouting about how stupid everyone is achieves less than nothing: it makes people more angry, more resentful and less likely to engage.
I'm happy to spend more time educating people about the options that are open to them in a democracy than patronising them about bigotry and xenophobia, as clearly the latter approach completely failed. I had hoped that common sense and human decency would triumph over spiteful selfishness, but the public never fail to disappoint me