And they’ll pass the buck and cover it up and distort every hand
‘Til the picture that they’re painting is too hard to understand
And the canvas stretches over every border of every land
Cross the trade routes and religions and those bodies in the sand
And if we’re after Britain first then we should probably be last
Before UK independence we should give back what isn’t ours
Like the shirts and ties wear wearing made by slaves from afar
But those shirts and ties can’t hide the emblems tattoo’d on their hearts
And we should give back all the oceans and the islands and the sky
Cause they don’t belong to any man and no man has the right
To tell another human being that their access is denied
To any corner of this planet or any moment of their lives
Will Varley: We Don’t Believe You
Terrible news from Britain this morning, The so-called #Brexit really feels like the beginning of the end of something great. The European Union, with all its flaws, is still a great idea I strongly believe in; it has brought stability and possibility to European peoples in a way no conventional nation-state could before. To see it disintegrate at the hands of ignorant, populist, racist, xenophobic right-wingers like Farage or obnoxious, power-hungry opportunists like Boris Johnson is tough.
In the midst of all this terribleness comes the release of this fun video for “Love Forty Down” by Frank Turner. The skinny English country singer has written songs that are more political or better commentary for this fuck up, but the clip is a good 2 and a half minutes of respite feat. a tennis match against Jason Isbell.
If you need more dissent and despair sung in an English accent today, I can also recommend this spotify playlist by Frank Turner’s label Xtra Mile.
Academic exchange and mobility is just one of aspect of British-European relations that will be damaged if the British public gives in to the populists and votes for a so-called Brexit on June 23rd.
Academics put job offers on ice over Brexit vote