ENO chief on Brexitmain
Sir Peter Jonas shared his views today with Die Zeit:
Can nations commit collective suicide? It is possible and the prospect of Brexit shows us, not for the first time in history, that humans can behave like lemmings charging headlong to a fatal cliff top in mass hysteria. Brexit: no thank you! Do Brits really wish for Boris, simply a more likeable and brainier version of Donald Trump, as leader? Are they nostalgic for a Britain of the 1950’s and early 60’s? Do they really want a return to a disunited Europe with the malignant instability that cursed it with uncertainty and conflict over centuries?
Do they really hanker after that “Little Britain” mentality encouraging insularity and enabling bulldog jingoism a la Farage to have its day? No – the best of Britain could and should be the best of Europe: freedom, understanding, European cultural values, tolerance and diversity. A united Europe is no longer a dream but can be a reality, warts and all. The Brexiteers (usually older, white and male) blow the trumpet of their own version of fantasy economics and chauvinism. I pray that my fellow Brits will not throw the European dream away in a fit of “wogs start at Calais” pique!
Sir Peter Jonas