After a few days dwelling on the result of last Thursday's referendum I've put my response up at Cartoon Movement, a global community that is headquartered in the EU.
I count many first and second generation immigrants among my friends and family, including my wife. I won't apologise for condemning anything that jeopardises their well-being. Of course racism existed in the UK prior to the Leave campaign's victory. But they have encouraged, enabled and normalised it in a way that I haven't seen in my lifetime. One need only look at the figures of note who gave "Brexit' an unqualified welcome - LePen, Rouhani, Putin, Trump - and note the furious head-scratching and open mockery of the result among our allies.
The referendum was unnecessary, called on the most meagre of mandates and designed not to deliver change but as a cynical party political ploy. The campaigns were both woeful, misleading and overheated. The electorate were largely uninformed about what the EU is or does (or perhaps more crucially, what it isn't and doesn't do.) They wrongly treated the vote as an opportunity to deliver a verdict on the Westminster parliament, on neoliberalism and globalisation, concepts that the victors in this have no intention of abandoning. In short the entire exercise has been a colossal mistake.
But it's done now and we have to live with it. A constructive first step would be for each and every Leave-campaigning politician, pundit and businessperson to unequivocally condemn racist behaviour. It doesn't go without saying, we can't take it as read. Not when literal neo-Nazis are drawing succour and licence from their actions.