Lionel Shriver: Why the term 'populism' is dishonest

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Comment by Peter Goble on April 18, 2017 at 23:08

I think Lionel Shriver makes some good points.  The tone of public discourse on Brexit is often strident, shrill, prone to baseless accusations and name-calling on both sides.  Possible post-Brexit futures are conjured up, yet no-one can predict with any degree of certainty what the future holds outside the EU; we're all going to have to wait on events.  There will no doubt be winners and losers, and it's to be hoped that the winners will use their gains wisely, and the losers will see that every dark cloud has a silver lining.

I voted remain, perhaps because I'm old enough to remember WW2 and post-war Britain.  The EU has stood for closer ties with other European peoples, freedom to travel and to work or study abroad.  I'm by no means wealthy, but I've travelled widely abroad, and now live in France: a foreign immigrant, surrounded by friendliness and gossiped about with kindly curiosity.  Our future is more uncertain than it was before the referendum, we may have to make adjustments, perhaps serious ones.  Compared with the Syrians, the Palestinians, the Yemenis and countless others our worries are miniscule.  I do worry for the future of our young people.  By all accounts, their lives are pervasively anxious and full of uncertainty.  I fear Brexit may makes their futures more precarious, but I don't know.   We have to hope for the best, and be ready for the worst.

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