Brexit vote saw Lambeth emerge as London borough with the most Remain voters Brixton this morning was a lesson in how swiftly optimism can turn to despondency.
A young woman blinked back tears as she boarded the Victoria line. Some of our fellow passengers looked shell shocked. How different the mood in Lambeth seemed last night. I went home to vote through Clapham Common, where Remain campaigners were cheerily handing out stickers and everyone seemed to be taking them. There was no one there for the Leave side. An "In" sticker that evening was enough pandora jewelry store locator to break the cardinal rule of London life: don't make eye contact on the Tube and certainly don't talk to anyone. Turnout in Lambeth was high, a chatty woman in an "In" T shirt told me, a good sign for the campaign to stay in the EU. Friends who lived locally had queued in the rain that morning to vote. London, we'll hear a lot in the coming days, is a country apart from the rest of the UK now. But even by the standards of the capital, Lambeth is a Europhile's elysium. With the exception of Gibraltar (for obvious reasons, Spain has today proposed shared sovereignty over the Rock), Lambeth had the most pro EU vote: 78.6 per cent of us voted to remain, pipping Hackney by 0.1 per cent. This is partly down to Lambeth's demography. The population is young, and the under 40s voted to stay in the EU. It's a very unequal borough but having been an immigration gateway for decades one that knows not to blame that on foreigners. Since this plebiscite was re cast as a poll as much about immigration as it was about the EU, "remain" support was going to be strong somewhere that not only doesn't fear immigration but feels shaped positively by it. But now what? A friend pandora bracelet complete with charms who lives in Camberwell told me he switched on the TV at 4.30am to a triumphalist Nigel Farage shouting and felt like a stranger in his own country. There are certainly those among us who feel closer to Brussels than to Barnsley or Basildon, especially now a view we share with much of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and a chunk of those elsewhere in England. During the general election there was a lot of sneering about the capital's "liberal metropolitan elite". An ejected Ukip councillor declared that Londoners were too "educated, cultured and young" to vote for her party, and perhaps we felt a smidge smug. That attitude doesn't win us friends but nor do I think we should be embarrassed for holding those values. Hooray that we don't dream of returning to the Fifties, that false Arcadia of triangular sandwiches and homophobia. Farage this morning declared the Brexit vote "a victory for ordinary people, decent people" and much of London declared itself proud to be part of "the indecent pandora sale bracelets minority". Gallows humour is a respite today from the despair. Embracing separatist values, there was a campaign for London independence it has the hashtag (LondonIndependence) and a tonne of ideas (forcing Brexiteers to eat at Angus Steakhouse and go to Oxford Street Primark on Saturdays). Others wanted to join Scotland in a new union (ScotLond?) or scrabbled around for new identities. At the weekend, I asked my mother (the daughter of two Irish immigrants) about us all getting Irish passports. "You're my third child to ask that," she replied. Google showed that the number of UK searches about how to apply for Irish passports has rocketed and only half of those were people related to me. At least in Lambeth we're surrounded by the like minded. Imagine being a Europhile in Boston in the East Midlands (75.6 per cent leave). As one Twitter user put it: "I can at least claim the moral victory of living in Lambeth. The hollow, hollow victory." Looking for the modicum of hope in the Pandora's box of pain, some distraught Remain supporters said they'd now be holidaying in Lambeth, and a lot of people joked that they want to move there. My boyfriend keen to move to pandora jewellery website the country so we can breathe clean air, have a garden and adopt rescue dogs gave up that dream following the result. I might never leave Lambeth again. Click the Adblock/Adblock Plus icon, which is to the right of your address bar.
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