2019-10-16 09:39:09 UTC
and people who "sounded" foreign were verbally, even violently abused
and threatened by the far right aka Brexiters. This mob thought it was
within its rights to take the referendum result as a green light to
indulge in all kinds of inconsiderate behaviour which bordered on the
criminal in many cases. I can see this happening again after 31
October, whether we leave with or without a deal. Brexiters up and
down the land will be partying through the night, then accosting
strangers whose faces or voices don't fit with a sense of
triumphalism. Even white Remainers won't be safe. Just look at the
abuse hurled at MPs in the past months. It's too shocking for words.
Unless the police plan for a very significant clamp down on the
extremists, the departure from the EU is going to be marked by visits
to A&E departments all over the country, and maybe fatalities, too.
"The backdrop is bad enough. The number of recorded hate crimes has
more than doubled in the last five years. Reporting has improved,
contributing somewhat to the figures, but perception matters:
normalisation of rising hate crime and expressions of public prejudice
"The whole thing has become so toxic, it sometimes feels like were on
the verge of the Spanish Civil War."