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I have to accept that I am now living in a suburban area.

There are a few Facebook groups I am in that are "geographic" and the posts largely constitute of false claims about the European Union or endless moaning about how long the council is letting the grass grow.

I think maybe there is something to the EU debate that both sides are missing and that is that it is more to do with identity. People in the area are not exactly poor as they have fairly trivial concerns - parking is another one. I suspect that many who want us to exit are probably happy with a freshly cut grass, the odd Indian or Chinese takeaway, paved front gardens so cars can be parked, etc. It was quite interesting as we drove through rural Hampshire yesterday there were a lot of houses with Leave signs, yet these areas actually benefit most from the huge agricultural subsidy and they don't really have any immigrants to speak of. I don't think they are adding up cost and benefits or evaluating risks. They just want their view of England to be maintained.

The rather odd leave TV advert had a sort of Sliding Doors split screen where some poor old dear had to hang around for hours in the EU version, and was seen straight away in the Exit scenario. EU net immigration was the highest ever at 200,000 last year. I have heard this being talked about as a city the size of X(which tends to vary). But in reality it is not so big against the base population of 65 million. Assuming the numbers remain high that is still going to be 2 million or 3% in ten year’s time. That is only really going to be one person ahead of you in the crowded doctor's surgery or one extra kid in class. It is not going to make a huge difference. Of course this all assumes that the immigrants just consume public services rather than coming her as teacher, doctor, nurses or people who cut the fucking grass.

Many areas seem to struggle with public service provision(this is part of the reason why the grass is allowed to grow). We have faced public sector cuts for five years now, and it is odd that this issue seems to be one people care about. I suspect it might be that long grass is more visible than crappy social services or longer hospital waiting lists that just impact a small subset of the population.
This is possibly one of my favourite things I've read about the referendum!