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“Dear David”

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on your successful Brexit. Well done. You should be proud.

I’d be grateful if you could explain to me what kind of game you and Boris are playing. I feel that whatever game that was I’m sure you have won, but can you tell me exactly how this is going to benefit anyone else besides yourself and your mates?

I’ve been around long enough to know that people like you always win and people like me are left behind to pick up the scraps of the mess you dragged people into. Now we are told that love is the answer; we should build bridges, not burn them; there is no rush, and we need to stick together to be stronger.

Do we want to stick together? The referendum showed very clearly that you and your mates successfully divided the country in half and at the moment it hurts too much to even think of any healing. It’s going to take a long time before people will genuinely start trusting each other again.

Have you even comprehended what kind of damage the referendum would cause? People are strongly divided, and the worst is perhaps still to come. How are you going to stop the nationalistic voices now, the Leave campaign gave a full blessing to? How are you going to deal with this now? What are you going to say to the kids who are crying as they were told by their peers they now would have to bugger off to their countries? Even though THIS is their country, as they were born here and their only crime is that their parents wanted a normal life for them.

When was the last time you walked around London? I would challenge you to try to feel the tension between people. People don’t know who is a friend and who is “the enemy”. Can I speak Polish openly or am I going to get fucking abuses (it’s usually women and children that are abused ‘cos the abusers know very well that the odds of a woman trying to fight them are slim) and be told to go back to my own country? Should I, in turn, tell all the English people living in Poland who I know “to get the fuck out of my country”?

Did you think it all through?

From what I see now London, as we knew, is gone and it doesn’t matter how much Sadiq Khan reassures us all that we are welcome. No one feels welcome anymore and within the next year or two people will start moving on to other countries. Countries where fear is not the governing emotion.

You wanted to go down in history and you will but not too certain you had in mind that kind of legacy.

With Love,



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Magda Olchawska is an award-winning independent filmmaker, writer and screenwriter. She writes not only about making films and writing but also about financially independent and sustainable lifestyle. Her current projects include Ecotopia Universe and School Runs.

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