FUBAR*. What next?

What an extraordinary week this has been.  Both on a personal and, far far more importantly, on a national (and international) level.

(For the avoidance of doubt, the images below have little to do with the text, but I figure we could all do with uplifting a little.  And I took them recently at a kite festival in Denmark.  Which, also for the avoidance of doubt, is a member of the EU).

Personally, it was the week when I did my very last paid work.  Ever, I think and hope.  From now on the work I do will be voluntary and unpaid.  I thought that was going to be the really momentous bit for me.

It was the week when we were part of a college reunion for students from the 1970s – a trip back to the (then women’s) college I went to in Oxford, meeting up with old friends and lost acquaintances.  I thought that was (just) going to be fun.

Far more importantly, it was the week when the UK (or more accurately, parts of England and Wales) voted to leave the EU.  I thought that was going to be a close but in the end  sane result.

How wrong I was.

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During the past few days we have lamented, discussed, debated, and pondered endlessly on what the referendum outcome will mean.  It has been, is, and will be very painful, profoundly disappointing, and very very scary.

As it turned out, the St Anne’s reunion was more than timely.  We were treated to a fascinating and illuminating (and also really, really worrying) lecture by Professor Neil MacFarlane, Professor and Fellow in International Relations and specialist on Russian foreign policy and the regional dynamics of the former USSR.

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After the evening meal there followed a passionate and moving speech by the Principal, Tim Gardam.  He reflected on the education, experiences and careers of those of us who were privileged to be St Anne’s students in the 1970s compared with the experience of the current and future cohorts of students.  They being the generations that have been sold down the river by the referendum vote (my words, not his).  He emphasised the part that our generation has played in working in and for public services of every kind as well as the voluntary and commercial sector; and the vital covenant between the generations that requires us now more than ever to work to heal the rifts, understand the hurts, and support all our young people to a future that is as good as it can be.

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But, it is what it is, and we have to find a way to face up to it, to understand it, and to move forward with it.  It’s a shame then that so far the politicians who caused this crisis have been distinctly absent, only to appear to lie and renege on what they said during their campaign; and apparently reluctant to face up to the monster they alone have created.  Little wonder that trust in politicians and political promises is at such a low ebb.

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I came away from the weekend refreshed by having spent time with like-minded, thoughtful people; reinvigorated by the intellectual stimulation of the two talks and many lively debates and discussions; and with a growing commitment to doing anything I can to try to mitigate the dreadful damage threatened by the referendum decision, but also the dreadful damage caused by lying self-serving politicians and years of neglect and harm to already impoverished communities around our country.

Meanwhile, family and friends who live and work in other EU countries consider their options and take steps to seek another nationality.  Migration isn’t just a one-way street.

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*FUBAR? look it up

 

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About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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9 Responses to FUBAR*. What next?

  1. Sam says:

    I’m intrigued by the talk about the USSR. We do, indeed, live in deeply unsettling times; I just hope that there are enough decent politicians left who will gather together to pull us (the country) through. I think we need a coalition of Nicola Sturgeon, a Miliband brother or two, Caroline Lucas and any other passionate credible MPs. (FUBAR – funny!)

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  2. wendoxford says:

    FUBAR has instantly entered my vocabulary 😉

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  3. I am feeling reflective too, after the Brexit vote, and I don’t even live in the UK! I feel sad that both the UK and the US have so many disillusioned people who have blamed immigration, migration and multiculturalism for their problems, despite the evidence. It seems to me that more civic engagement at the local level might help people feel more involved with positive change. They need to be heard, but it’s wrong for politicians to pander to racism and isolationism. I’m glad you were with good people to help restore a sense of balance and optimism. Congrats on being able to phase out paid work!

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  4. Great comments, and how timely to be with like minded people. I really feel that talking is the best therapy at the moment as those of us who voted to Remain try to struggle with what this means for our’s and our children’s future. The UK political landscape seems to be changing daily (I read in the Independent that some renowned physicist thinks this is some massive alien experiment as it’s the only way he can explain our behaviour at the moment!), and I am questioning what it means to be British. Still, life goes on, and in terms of my Brexit Stages of Grief I think I’m moving towards Acceptance. How about you? X

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    • You’re so right about moving towards acceptance and finding a way to work with what is rather than regretting what might have been. i’m getting to that same place too. Though I feel that I’m working a twin track at the moment – how can we make Brexit more like Bremain, or even avoid it altogether; at the same time as developing my ideas on strategies to minimise the damage in my own locality.
      I think the vote can best be understood in terms of people’s feelings rather than any kind of logic – a cry of pain and feelings of betrayal and abandonment, not a careful analysis of the facts and pros and cons.

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  5. Pam says:

    Well, yes. Big sigh. And it looks as if we in Scotland are therefore going to have yet another referendum (I really can’t bear it) and the independence side may well win this time. Argh.

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    • SO sorry not to have spotted and replied to your comment before! Yes Pam, so many unexpected and (probably?) unintended consequences. The past few weeks seem to have led us to some unimaginable places, and who knows where next.

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