If you’ve got money, you vote in,” she said, with a bracing certainty. “If you haven’t got money, you vote out.” We were in Collyhurst, the hard-pressed neighbourhood on the northern edge of Manchester city centre last Wednesday, and I had yet to find a remain voter. The woman I was talking to spoke of the lack of a local park, or playground, and her sense that all the good stuff went to the regenerated wonderland of big city Manchester, 10 minutes down the road.
Only an hour earlier, I had been in Manchester at a graduate recruitment fair, where nine out of 10 of our interviewees were supporting remain, and some voices spoke about leave voters with a cold superiority. “In the end, this is the 21st century,” said one twentysomething. “Get with it.” Not for the first time, the atmosphere around the referendum had the sulphurous whiff not just of inequality, but a kind of misshapen class war…..
…..A few years later, we met builders in South Shields who told us that their hourly rate had come down by £3 thanks to new arrivals from eastern Europe; the mother inStourbridge who wanted a new school for “our kids”; the former docker in Liverpool who looked at rows of empty warehouses and exclaimed, “Where’s the work?”…..
Muidugi oli Brexit massiimmigratsiooni üle. Vasakpoolsed elavad reeglina enda elevandiluust tornides ning nimetavad enda poolt promotud poliitika tulemusel hättasattunud inimesi rassistideks, ksenofoobideks jne. UK-s ei ole need hirmud immigratsiooni ees nagu meil Eestis see kipub olema, vaid immigratsiooni ja neoliberaalse majanduspoliitika mürgine kokteil on reaalselt mõjutanud inimeste elusid. Aeg on regressiivsele vasakpoolsusele koht kätte näidata.