Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Boris Johnson and the Brexit Farce
Well it's now five days since Boris Johnson and his merry band of Brexiteers won their referendum to haul Britain out of the EU.
And now the situation couldn't be more disastrous. The pound is still sliding, the country has lost its triple-A credit rating. The stock market and the banks are reeling.
And the UK is in danger of falling apart, with both Scotland and Northern Ireland threatening to separate.
But don't tell the Con clown Boris Johnson that, because he wants people to believe that everything is under control.
For here he is trying to convince Britons that he didn't mean what he said about throwing out the immigrants, while claiming that the economy is doing just fine.
And that it's all good news !!!
When in fact Britain is in a state of turmoil. It's clear that Johnson and his gang of Little Englanders and racists hadn't given any thought to what they might do if they won.
So now racism and xenophobia are running wild.
For some, the racist taunts of the past few days recalled a time when jackbooted members of the far-right National Front taunted immigrants on the streets of Britain in the 1980s, during the painful deindustrialization of the Thatcher era.
“The normally primordial murmur from the racist swamp has now been released, and people feel empowered to say things they wouldn’t have said before last week,” he said. “I have never heard so many people tell me to go back to Africa as I have heard in the past few days.”
Minorities are feeling threatened. The young are feeling betrayed. The working class has thrown itself into the arms of the New Thatcherites, soon to be free from any EU regulation.
So they can turn the country into even more of a Con jungle.
And it's not just a three-ring circus, or a three-ring farce, it's a three-ring tragedy.
Firstly, it was the working classes who voted for us to leave because they were economically disregarded and it is they who will suffer the most in the short term from the dearth of jobs and investment. They have merely swapped one distant and unreachable elite for another one.
Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors.
Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said ‘the British people are sick of experts’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has lead to anything other than bigotry.
It's all so predictable, and it's all so depressing.
And since we now know that many LEAVE supporters didn't even know what they were voting for.
I'm not surprised that some REMAIN supporters have been invoking the spirit of Winnie the Pooh...
And not surprised that this cartoon went viral...
Because let's face it, this Brexit fiasco isn't just idiocy, it's madness. And enough to drive anyone to drink.
And the good news?
The English soccer team was bounced out of the Euro Cup competition by tiny Iceland yesterday.
The Brexiteers who were hoping for a big victory to show that Britain's back again, were horribly humiliated.
And the poor British people just didn't know WHO to blame...
But I'm pretty sure that it won't be long before they blame Boris.
So while we don't know what twists and turns this story might take in the next weeks and months.
We can be pretty sure how it will end...
The Cons clowns of this world.
Making it up as they go along. Too dumb to govern.
And heading for disaster....
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