Young People Must Face Brexit Head-On, Not Cry About It

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By Izzy Lyons | 6:25 am, July 29, 2016

The NME’s latest attempt to soften the blow of Brexit for the younger generation is the lowest, and most patronising, stoop so far by the pandering, pro-Remain media.

With self-proclaimed “wisdom” from Owen Jones, Irvine Welsh and psychologist Judi James, the article poses some of the most troubled questions of our socially victimized, morally incompetent generation.

“I can’t look my parents in the eye. What do I do?”

“I voted Leave and my friend voted Remain. Can we still be pals?”

Spare me. Riddled with triviality, the NME’s soppy article proves how politically inept the mainstream British media take the younger generation to be.

Instead of encouraging serious conversation about the once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn the political tables, why don’t we all paint a picture?

Joining the wet-wipe attempt to talk about politics, Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman from the band Punk duo Slaves encouraged young twentysomethings to ‘channel their emotions into art’.

ummm, how 'bout no?
ummm, how ’bout no?

With a lack of self-awareness, the duo say they want to have “a positive impact, rather than slagging people off” – then immediately smear the Brexit crowd for on the (false) grounds that “the only thing they talk about is migrants and that’s just embarrassing.”


Their appeal to Generation Paintbrush, as well as being desperately un-punk, is completely hollow. Instead of getting stuck in with megaphone and banner, apparently a weepy art class will do the trick.

Victimhood abounds elsewhere, too. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh moans that “over-40s have failed and fucked up the world”, joined by Guardian columnist Owen Jones, who warns his youthful flock that they “will suffer the consequences most”.

In trying to promote political engagement, the NME’s safety-blanket brigade have actually done the opposite.

They perpetuate a spoon-fed culture, a safe-space climate, where in order to confront real-life issues apparently we need our hand held by some kind of moral elite.

Now is not the time for young people to sit back, paint a picture and console each other over a “broken Britain”. It is time for them to rally together and realise the power – and the voice – that they hold.

Unfortunately, they won’t catch the attention of Theresa May with a beautifully illustrated painting of a puppy.