I, like many people around the world, have followed developments in the UK and Europe with curiosity, confusion, concern, and since early June 24 incredulity and trepidation.
The Remain cause and arguments made sense to me. The Leave arguments seemed misguided, basically blaming the EU for economic decisions that the Tory-led UK government had made. The faces of the Leave supporters on news and in social media were, for the most part, unsympathetic portraits reminiscent of Trump supporters baying their prejudices and resentments in full voice.
And in the wake of the vote, a 57% rise in reports of hate crimes in the UK doesn’t do much to counter that impression.
It’s not that simple, though.