I’m incredibly lucky in that I live in a town that voted 70% remain, a place where my sexuality, my marital status, my political orientation and my foreigness do not prevent me from being integrated in a vibrant and caring environment.
There are Syrian refugees in town, and plenty of locals have immediately gone round to them to welcome them and make sure they have everything they need.
Looking at the world at large, the picture is, however, a bit more grim. The Christmas Spirit towards others seems to be limited. Terror attacks seem to have killed goodwill, even to those others that never did anything wrong, but share the same skin colour or nationality to the culprits. People had enough and want everyone else out.
The Daily Mail never fails to incite hatred and tell lies
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and it seems that much of the Brexit and Trump comes from nowhere else but a position of hate, exclusion and bitter selfishness. As long as we get the bloody foreigners / Mexicans / Polish out it doesn’t matter if our economy slumps. Rational arguments and facts don’t get through to these emotionally charged people.
EU immigration is unlikely to be curbed without serious economical self-harm. But you will be vilified for mentioning this.
Those denying the correlation between free movement and access to the single market behave like angry and unreasonable children stomping their feet, ignorant in the face of facts and ready for trashing judges for doing their job, happy to take into account any self-harming consequences as long as they get their way and the satisfaction of having won an emotional battle.
And all for the sake of exclusion and separation. It’s definitely not feeling like Christmas in the world and in the future, there are going to be a lot of very lonely Christmasses ahead.
One of the many things I admired about the Uk and that made me look up to the great Nation was this initiative, but, some thirty years on, that spirit seems to have ebbed away. Can’t we try and re-capture it?