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U.K. philosophy teacher: I supported Remain because I can’t stand my fellow countrymen

June 27, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Dr. Whyman, philosopher

 

U.K. part-time philosophy instructor Tom Whyman, Ph.D., writes in the New York Times that he went for Remain in the Brexit vote because…Dursleys:

“In summer, the land around Alresford, the rural market town in the south of England where I grew up, blooms in a way that seems almost terrible.

“My parents’ house stands in the middle of a 1980s housing development of suburban ugliness, all detached red-brick blocks and generously proportioned driveways.

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“But no sooner has nature started to assert itself than the grass gets cut back and the mornings return to being silent and still. Alresford becomes human again. Human in a normal, provincial English way, in a place where people own homes, save for pensions and vote to leave the European Union — as 55 percent of the population of Hampshire county did on Thursday….

“Alresford is my personal hell….

“[D]ig below the surface, and you will find the demons crawling. You can see them in the looks that residents give you when they pass; sneering snobs glaring down their noses with entitlement; small-minded townies, bullying you with eyes that you recognize from the primary school lunchroom; the old people, 80 and above, wearing blank stares. You can hear it in their bothered tutting at the bus stop (especially if they ever hear a visitor mispronouncing the name of the town), the shots that constantly ring out from across the countryside as they set about murdering as many of the local pheasants as they can.”

Here is what that hellhole Alresford actually looks like (note the small-minded townies taking a break from murdering pheasants). Here’s a photo of a red-brick detached suburban-development house with a generous driveway listed for sale in Alresford. I wouldn’t be surprised if it belonged to Whyman’s parents looking for a way to get rid of their obnoxious moocher of a 27-year-old son. For as Whyman writes:

“And yet, I am an early-career academic and so I am forced to move back, every summer, to live with my parents because I cannot afford to pay rent elsewhere after my temporary teaching contract ends.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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