‘Go Home’ by Charlene James, performed by Dean Fagan

‘Go Home’ by Charlene James, performed by Dean Fagan


She hasn’t text to tell
me she’s on the train. I hope she’s on the train. I haven’t seen her in three weeks and not to get all chick-flick
about it, but I do miss her. Hannah. We first met at this
spoken word night at uni. It’s not usually my thing but I’d just moved down to London and thought i’d
try something new like hummus and hot yoga. We hit it off straight away. She would bring her mates round to mine
and they would chill with my mates, and we’d be a room full of kids,
from all different walks of life sharing a six pack, a spliff
and a playlist. And as a night turned
to early morning, we’d debate all things
under the sun. On the morning of the result
I received two messages. One from my Dad
that simply says ‘Brexit!’ In block capitals and far too many exclamation
marks, like he’d just won the championship. And one from Hannah. No words, just emojis. A torn union jack. A sad face. A crying face. An angry face. A little pile of
poo with a face. In the next few weeks her mates
come around and chill with my mates. But the debates have turned
into something else, it’s changed. Hannah and her mate are sat watching a clip
from this man from up north, celebrating Brexit. They’re sat watching it like they’re watching
those kids doing stupid things and then posting
them on the internet. She says: ‘Look at him. Scum’. She calls him scum. This man who she doesn’t know.
This man who could be my dad. Says he looks like he’s
come from idiot town, in a place that could
easily be my hometown. And I say: ‘52% of the country
can’t all be scum.’ ‘They can’t all be idiots,
racists or xenophobes’. And everyone’s just looking at me. This man who is like my dad. In his stained work overalls. With a job that’s not the best
going, but the only job going. Looking like it’s been a struggle to feed
his kids and put a roof over his head. Knowing that there’s something
wrong with this country and having the chance to
do something about it. After years of being ignored, he’s looking
like he’s finally being heard. And they come back at me with their Twitter
grand phrases about being right. About being the real majority. Words of being let down and
having to protect their future. So I ask them to name their local MP. Silence. Guess no one posted that on Facebook. I ask Hannah, why don’t you go out and engage
with the people who voted leave? People who didn’t think
like you, ask them why. And she says she doesn’t know
anybody who voted leave. And I tell her, yes you do. And she looks at me. They all just look at me. I didn’t hear from her for a week. Her and her mates didn’t
come round and chill again. I sent her messages. No words, just emojis. Face blowing a kiss. The flamenco woman dancing. Smiley face. Heart, heart. Broken heart. I went round to her place and
left an envelope under the door. With a letter and a train ticket. The letter saying that i’m going
back home for a bit. The ticket’s for her to
come up and see me today. Walk round my town with me. See that it’s not full of idiots, but frustrated
people who feel like they’ve been given up on. I asked her to meet my family. My dad. Look into his eyes and
see that he’s not scum. Come share a six pack, a playlist
and debate with him.

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    SuperLittleTyke

    I wish the Guardian would provide a proper index to these Brexit Shorts. Such a trip through Pan's Labyrinth to get to the YouTube links.

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    ///iza

    The working classes of this country are wholly responsible for their own suffering. Their culture of reliance on government subsidies and support, along with their lack of education, which prevents them from succeeding in the modern labour market, are the direct result of their inability to take their fate into their own hands. Anyone born with a British passport has access to opportunities that would be unimaginable for an average person in the developing world, yet the British working class does its best to squander its potential.

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    Raul Bluesman

    52% of the people can't be Scum. That's for sure. "unenlightened" would be more accurate.
    Also, this guy is of mixed race and a uni student, about the most unlikely demographic to vote for brexit.

    The funny thing in this all is that people voted brexit because they felt left out and abandoned by the UK government, mostly the tories. Brexit was a tory idea, a right wind idea. So regardless of the merits or finer details of brexit you get a bunch of working class mostly-uneducated, mostly-old people voting for the ideas of the very same people who screwed them over.

    Now Theresa May is saying that EU citizens that have been in the UK for 5 years can stay.
    Gee thanks. Let me know what would happen if we all left, and who you'd find to replace them.

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    Marco B

    Irony of a lot of the comments thus far – not really engaging with people with opposing views. Which is literally the actors words (3.09-3.20) and the overriding plot of the video

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    Eric Mcoo

    The Guardian: class hatred and Neoliberalism for Dummies.

    Why the British said no to Europe – John Pilger

    The most effective propagandists of the "European ideal" have not been the far right, but an insufferably patrician class for whom metropolitan London is the United Kingdom. Its leading members see themselves as liberal, enlightened, cultivated tribunes of the 21st century zeitgeist, even "cool". What they really are is a bourgeoisie with insatiable consumerist tastes and ancient instincts of their own superiority. In their house paper, the Guardian, they have gloated, day after day, at those who would even consider the EU profoundly undemocratic, a source of social injustice and a virulent extremism known as "neoliberalism".

    The aim of this extremism is to install a permanent, capitalist theocracy that ensures a two-thirds society, with the majority divided and indebted, managed by a corporate class, and a permanent working poor. In Britain today, 63 per cent of poor children grow up in families where one member is working. For them, the trap has closed. More than 600,000 residents of Britain's second city, Greater Manchester, are, reports a study, "experiencing the effects of extreme poverty" and 1.6 million are slipping into penury.

    http://johnpilger.com/articles/why-the-british-said-no-to-europe

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    Bruce Boilersuit

    Here's the thing Raul Bluesman – just maybe some of those 52% you patronize as 'unenlightened' had noticed that, despite Spain having been a member of the EU for over 20 years, graduate unemployment there was running at 15% which is why you and many of your compatriots are forced to leave friends and family and seek work in other parts of Europe. Similarly Greece (joined EU 1981) graduate unemployment 19.4%, Italy (founder member EU 1958) 7%. Maybe the economic benefits of long term EU membership for Spain, Italy and Greece were not glaringly obvious to the 52% of my compatriots when they did a bit of homework before they voted.The reason there's 'hundreds of you (our Spanish friends) 'for every German in town' is because German graduate unemployment is down at around 2.4%. The export price of many German exports (their cars, electrical goods etc) is kept lower than they would be by Germany's membership of the Euro hugely benefitting their exports within and without of the Single market. Conversely, countries like Greece who are also tied into the Euro, are denied the benefits a lower priced drachma would otherwise have given by boosting their agricultural exports, tourism and service industries. Tarring people with unhelpful epithets, referring to 'English pace' or, in the case of Spaniard's 'manana', does not usefully advance an argument or help to influence an audience.

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    William Gibbons

    Wow. Another reminder on how narrow-minded and arrogant I can be. Really hit home. I'm still a Remainer though.

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