Whilst I agree that my emotions were raw when I wrote idiots, and I may not use that particular word again if I were thinking more rationally, I do not regret my sentiment or the passion with which I speak. I am a firm believer in constructive criticism, and not “punching down” at people who have less privilege. However I reserve the right to express my anger at what I believe to be incredible injustice.
I don’t know what word I would use to describe people who believe that the right-wing parties of unfathomable privilege would give better lives to the poorer people of our country without EU oversight. Despite these being the same parties that brought in the Snoopers’ Charter, cut disability benefits, cut child tax credits, ended student maintenance grants, handed contracts for public services to private corporations, and want to eradicate Human Rights in the UK.
I don’t know what word to use to describe people who saw the anti-immigration/oft-completely-racist/and/or xenophobic hate spewed across the media, fuelling the Leave campaign, and thought that it was a positive outcome. I don’t know what word to use for the people who would rather members of my family, and other people I love, were not allowed into the country. Or worse, be made to leave.
I suspect that there isn’t the right word. Who am I to say that there’s a right or wrong, none of us know what’s going to happen in the end (seemingly least of all those who planned the Leave campaign). But if I hold back and sit down, only expressing my opinions in a way that’s sweet for those I disagree with, how can I possibly fight against a system that continuously fights dirty?