A while ago I quit blogging, and within a week I found I could not stay away. Today sees the final Autonomous Mind posting and there will be no change of mind.
The simple fact is that, having fallen out of love with politics some time ago, I have now decided that I no longer wish to continue my stand for the things I believe in. This isn’t because of any change of view on my part; rather it is because too many people who claim to share my objectives exhibit staggering ignorance of history and facts, incredible stupidity, intolerance of others and unswerving belief in conspiracy theories that do not stand up to even basic factual scrutiny.
I fear that despite the best efforts of some great people, those I have referred to above will undermine any chance of us achieving British independence from the EU or the implementation of real democracy for the British people. I hope they do not hobble the efforts of good people to change this country for the better, but the risk is significant.
A visit to Twitter, the comment threads of the Telegraph, or on Breitbart London, reveals a particularly vicious, xenophobic and deluded collection of people who not only repel the very people the anti EU side needs to win over, but has now repelled me too. I just don’t want to be associated with such people. I don’t want to have to engage with them, or even challenge what they say. They nauseate me and now I just can’t be bothered. There are plenty of other things I can devote my time to where I don’t have to come into contact with their unique brand of bile and false assertions which mark them out as effectively nasty and unhinged individuals.
Thank you to all my readers, commenters and correspondents. I hope the blog was of interest and use over the years.
All the best,
(quoted without permission)
The obnoxious ones will probably count that as a victory; unaware that there are others who remain and plenty more who will step into the gap.
More who are not ignorant of history and facts; tolerant of others and sceptical of conspiracy theories. More who come afresh to realize that it’s not just having a voice that’s important, but that exercising it responsibly is necessary to protect that voice.
We see in the (anti-) social media like Facebook, Twitter and oh so many blogs that anonymity can bring out the worst in people, facilitating the devastation of good manners, mutual respect and common courtesy. Abandoning those things necessary for a civil society.
But in the case of the Autonomous Mind, it allowed the best to shine.