In the Guardian opinion piece, Tess Finch-Lees, human rights journalist and broadcaster, makes many points. Here, I will present only the good, the bad and the ugly.
The Good: New Labour was part of the problem for failing to make the case for immigration...therefore 'Tony Blair and cronies..if you're genuine about a second referendum, step aside. Your contribution is sabotaging the cause. Let the left's black and minority ethnic women, immigrants, young and working class people, who were sidelined by remain's woefully inept 2016 campaign, take centre stage.’
The Bad: 'Although not all Leave voters were racist, it is likely that most racists back Brexit, and have claimed it as their own'.
This argument keeps repeating but what kind of evidence supports this view?
The Ugly: ‘Brexit is the delinquent child of far-right fundamentalism and Tory incompetence'.
Again, this argument is based on the assumption that racism was the driving factor for Brexit. And if this assumption is correct, then we need to ask the question, what was the driving factor for racism? Well, Finch-Lees might argue that it was the ‘Tory incompetence’. If ‘Tory Incompetence’ is to be blamed then why would Finch-Lees say that New Labour was at fault? Well, that is because economic policies of the New Labour, like the Conservatives, imposed hardships on many people in this country. So, it is the economic situation that for the last thirty years have hurt and alienated people. Then Brexit is more a consequence of austerity, inequality, and neoliberal policies than a ‘delinquent child for far-right fundamentalism'