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BREXIT ramblings

June 27, 2016

Literal ramblings, as I’ve  spent the past few weeks reading too much about all this, and I want to write things down where things stand in my head today 27/06/16, before the actual future happens

Whoever becomes our next un-elected prime-minister is mandated to trigger Article 50, and undoubtedly also trigger being recorded by history as a short-lived leader whose one memorable act was one of devastation: the loss of Scotland and N.Ireland from the union, years and years of economic turbulence with further austerity [upon the social grades D & E, as a thankyou fuck-you], and a potential domino-effect across the continent’s grand ambitious project that was never going to be perfect, but is better than what came before, and will be better than what comes after if it were to fall in the current climate. Leave have already had to renege on campaign promises, unsurprisingly: if they really wanted to direct that (comparatively – UK GDP and budget is HUGE) paltry £350million a week (or which we received about half back immediately, and the rest was an investment that allowed us to generate a ton more money through trade etc) to the NHS etc, they would have already. But we’ll likely end up paying into the EU anyway to access the markets, but without any rebates or influence, so it’s all moot. If you want to change immigration policies, then firstly you must understand not to conflate EU and non-EU immigration laws in any discussion. If you prevent EU free-movement, then you forgo all realistic chances of negotiating access to the single-market – pulling up the drawbridge was never on the cards; the idea of retroactively trying to apply the points-based-system that already exists for non-EU migrants onto the current and future EU migrants whilst maintaining a semblance of stability is a nightmare in itself, and that is just one of many huge issues [4 decades of being intertwined with Europe], that now stands before them [and us] as it becomes realised that Thing we thought we wanted isn’t really that Thing after-all. But we’ve got to accept that Thing as everyone’s looking at us [and they really have to punish us to stop the rest following], so we got to chisel away at the Thing and make it like what we had before, whilst accepting that many things will be a lot shittier for a while – maybe a long while –  because of it. There’s a chance we could reject the Thing, but I Don’t Know and They Don’t Know. No-one really knows anything as no-one ever really believe the Thing would happen. Massive government study papers released in Feb/March 2016 tried to apply various models to post-Brexit UK, and the general conclusion was: “not much will work, mate”. There is literally no plan, all either side ever wrote was how to withdraw, and what the risks were.

Labour’s decided to shoot itself in the thigh in response to everyone else shooting themselves in the foot; because it’s more important to still cover-up for Blair than look to the future. Maybe they know they’re fucked either-way  after Chilcot. If Corbyn can weather this final pu(t)s(c)h then we may be able to have a Labour Party that’s not tainted by Tony’s mocking smile; but this will take time and now more than ever: stability is required to oppose an un-elected premiership.

Behind the tears, there may yet still be a crocodile; Dave’s noble sacrifice for all his pals. The Tories can unite over a referendum result that warms their s(k)eptic hearts – their positions in the initial debate were mostly born of expedience; their battle now lies in a leadership contest and a decision about pressing the Big Red Button. Beyond that, they’ve secured themselves the powers to re-write the country in their own interests, and managed to fracture the electorate in a perfectly orchestrated game of Divide & Conquer that transcends traditional demographic allegiances, and sees the emboldening of racists who now seem to feel they’ve a free-pass to vocalise their disdain towards those of non-British origin or descent, because the vote-result is seen to legitimise this.

52% of 72% eligible voters = 37% of overall electorate, and 26% of overall population. Scary.

People are angry, and confused. I acknowledged prior to the referendum that it would be depressingly close, but I was in denial that a Leave vote would win; the bile spilling out of the mouths of Farage and Boris seemed too ridiculous for anyone to believe, and it all just seemed that the whole playground had been sucked into a stupid gang-war [some really hate maths. They think by getting the teacher sacked, they’ll be free]  that only some of Blue Gang and their hangers-on cared about, whilst most of that sort had already joined the Purple Gang who no-one liked anyway. Red Gang hid in a classroom and hung a banner in the window telling us they disagreed with Purple Gang and the troublesome Blue gangers and that we can join them in there, but the room was a bit cramped and someone had let off a stink-bomb in there in relation to some other in-fight that had happened years before to do with some guy who’s not even at the school any more.

Remember when DC said: “The Conservatives’ slogan ‘We’re all in this together’ is ‘not a cry for help, but a call to arms’“? Can we not détourn this? Part of me wants to believe that this is the UK’s first step to anarchism [the good kind, not the tabloid media definition]. Many of the Leave voters want to reject the perceived un-elected ruling hierarchies in Brussels. Many of the Remain voters are Eurosceptics that are even more skeptical about giving Tories unmitigated powers to redistribute wealth between themselves, re-write our laws: the bloated corpse of the Dirty Old Man of Europe will fart out the national anthem as it watches the world burn. We’ve received a vote of no-confidence in what people perceive is the Now. I/we underestimated the anger, and the poison that Westminster and tabloids had fed people about EU and immigration for years. The anger of the powerless and those that were effectively disenfranchised for decades: the establishment deflects the arrows that ought to have been solely aimed at them. We’ve had right-wing governments continuously since 1979, yet the cause of disease was declared as: Europe. People rejected arguments appealing to authority, as they’re so often logical fallacies. People rejected what was patronizing ‘facts’ because how people debate and think about things is often almost an entirely different language. People shouted over one another, there wasn’t enough actual debate, but as everyone was so sick of the shouting, then they didn’t want to spend their time reading dry academic articles about it after work, right? I’m guilty of not engaging enough (“I”: a white British person, educated and employed), and most discussion I had took place within my own echo-chamber of those with similar political views. Let’s have a nuanced discussion with one-another, with our neighbours. Let’s not eat one-another in this grave, but dig ourselves out. Shit happened – this is real, and things are changing. Let’s not pretend that ‘Lexit’ can ever happen without changing things on our own soil first. Let’s not blame those manipulated. Let’s not hate.


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