I have to admit to a certain wry amusement about the way Brexit supporters have suddenly got upset about a term that’s been used to describe them for some time now: Gammon.
It came about because of all those florid-faced, middle to late age men who infest certain programmes like ‘Question Time’. You know the ones, stabbing their fingers at everyone as they (in)articulate their support for Brexit whilst the veins on the side of their heads throb dangerously, as if Brexit (preferably the harder the better) doesn’t happen there and then they’ll have an embolism!
An irony lost upon them is that they’ve been calling anyone who opposes Brexit ‘remoaners’, ‘libtards’ ‘snowflakes’, ‘cucks’ or (far worse) traitors ever since 2016,
Despite the obvious hypocrisy, they’re now squealing that calling them gammon isn’t a humorous response, it’s actually racist. How a bunch of white folks calling other white folks by that name is racist escapes me, but then most Brexit supporters have never let logic sully their minds.
Needless to say ‘remoaners’ have responded with more humour. If you’re on Twitter, you might like to take a look at the #gammonsongs hashtag, here’s a couple of my favourites!
Of course, there will be those who argue that this is a coarsening of the political debate, that we must be kind to these people and try to understand their point of view. I have to admit I’ve been trying to understand the Brexit fundamentalists for some time now, and all I can say is that I find it impossible to get inside the minds of bigoted, intolerant and paranoid people. As for coarsening politics, I can only say that view ignores our political history and whitewashes the past. Ever heard of the Peterloo massacre?