For many people the UK is seen to be a stable country with long standing traditions of democracy and rule of law.
It has been quite shocking since the vote in the referendum how quickly what has been the work of centuries can begin to unravel.
Economic contagion aside, one of the most distressing aspects of the vote is that the call to ‘get our country back!’ has led to increasing incidents of racism on the streets, of the sort that I have not witnessed for forty years. Racists feel emboldened by the leave vote to display their xenophobic attitudes, challenging both EU citizens and others from further afield, and even second and third generation immigrants to “pack your bags and get back home!”
Let this be a warning to all who hold democracy dear… in the West our generation has not be called upon to fight for democracy in a war… Perhaps this is the time we need to stand up for democracy and decency – it is clear our politicians have failed us.
This is one teacher’s view of the Brexit vote: Brexit and Education