As I watched the ticker on the BBC website tilt “Leave” I kept murmuring You stupid bastards.
Not that my opinion matters, of course. David Cameron gave the peoples of the United Kingdom The Clash’s choice, and choose they did.
I have no idea what this means, for the UK, for Europe, or for the US. There are smart people who can game out possible scenarios, but, at this point, the pieces are all still jumbled.
The leftist and partisan in me was, for reasons of pessimism, the murmurer; the political scientist was, in considering the jumble, more Well, isn’t this interesting.
Both, however, agree that voting to go while wanting to stay is a bad, bad tactic:
But many voters have since spoken out saying they are shocked at the poll’s outcome and did not believe their Leave votes would actually count.
One voter, named only as Adam from Manchester, told the BBC: “I didn’t think that was going to happen.
“My vote – I didn’t think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain.
Another voter, Mandy, said: “I was very disappointed about the result, even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and the reality did actually hit me.
“But if I had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.”
This person, however, really takes the tea-cake:
One said: “I personally voted leave believing these lies and I regret it more than anything, I feel genuinely robbed of my vote.”
I feel genuinely robbed of my vote. You stupid bastard.