(Image, courtesy of The Guardian)

This post as posted first as a comment on Woebegone but Hopeful with whom I’ve engaged in regular correspondence on a variety of topics, but most recently, on Brexit.

As with all these things, my friend and fellow blogger, a level will be found and the waters will settle. In the meantime, people who had the money, made hay on the chaos by buying short and selling long, quickly, for the purpose of quick, opportunistic profit taking.

Meanwhile, of those who’ve voted ‘leave’, some have woken to find themselves treading unknown waters, afraid of drowning; others are saying, hurrah, now we have our country back again but find those who have led them there, curiously absent, in ideas and in person.

But there are others who believe they’ve done the right thing, that now someone will sit up and pay notice, that the institution they’ve rejected was not what it was sold to be, but a corporate convenience store; full of cheap, pliant labour, a ready market for their shoddy goods, in debt and scared, needing rules, regulations and restrictions and grateful for their patronage, for the right to survive. And then some just didn’t know what they were doing, like the Brexit leaders, who thought, if the EU wouldn’t let them play, they’d take their ball home and say, ‘fuck it’, without any consideration of the implications of their actions on others.

All these markets need each other, it is their raison d’etre and if there’s one thing capitalism will not deny itself, it’s a market. The worst fear is the Brexiters have created a scenario that further weakens their position. The UK always sat in the EU, with one foot in, the other out. Now they’re out, outside and excluded in the corridors of that power centre.

The analogy of the English football team is now, curiously, apt. Not to detract from Iceland’s achievement, skill and determination but England was defeated as much by its own overbearing arrogance, as much as the strength of the Iceland team. Now, the arrogance of the UK, as a political entity, is seen, with regret, for what it is, the Emperor’s New Clothes.

I write this with regret, since the swagger of John Bull has never been a pleasing sight to anyone on its receiving end but there is a British/UK quality that is admirable and that is visible and palpable in the spirit of the Magna Carta, for example that spirit that recognised the value of people as equal and democratic and in need of our mutual care. (Damn, you’ve started me on this crap, again)

But perhaps the single most hateful thing about all the lying and deception is it has handed an air of entitlement to the worst of the Little Britoners who feel they now have a mandate for open abuse of minorities and immigrants. Those are not the British people I have known and worked with all my life but the sad thing is, it is those Britons who have unleashed this wave of hate.

Or, at least, that’s what we’re being told. By who? Well, the media, newspapers, radio, television, social networks and…whoah, there. Are you serious? You’ve got to step back and ask yourself a question? Over 17 million people voted to leave, so what were they saying with that vote?

Y’see, I think many of them were simply saying ‘Enough Already, stop. There’s something wrong and we need to change it. So forget the fear and embrace the reality. Things must change and let’s hope that change might be a ‘Magna Carta’ for the new millennium, a charter of human rights and public obligations to cherish everyone as equal, to work together to make our world a better place, with cleaner air and water, proper living conditions and health services, the right to a job and a home and not a debt serf life with despair and deprivation as the only things to look forward to. When did we decide not to respect and cherish old people? Why are people hungry and homeless, when there is so much wealth?

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8 thoughts on “Last word on Brexit (enough already)

  1. As an expat (more ex than pat) I have been reading the various comments on this whole farce. Living in Switzerland for more than half of your life, does tend to change your outlook somewhat. Switzerland is not in the EU, we did a CHexit at the very beginning. At the time I was disappointed, and the poliitical party that implanted this thought in the Swiss head, I did not like. Today I think differently and thank goodness for the result of the Swiss referendum at the time. We never joined. In the meanwhle we cut a few deals with the EU, but even one of these deals (immigration) was refused by a Swiss referendum. You see referendums in Swiss political life are the daily bread. I hear that the GB now want to cut a few deals, but up to now no-one has taken the responsibility to do so. I think it is a case of passing the parcel around to see who opens the last layer. OK, I am not so good at political arguments, am happy in my little Switzerland. I will be in London some time next week, perhaps this week for my father’s funeral. I will be my last connection to GB and probably the last time I will visit.

    • It’s sad to say, goodbye, but, at least, you will remain ‘Angloswiss’, that won’t change. Switzerland is a world of its own although, in recent years, even the Alps can’t keep out globalism or the ‘controlled’ globalism, as in global banking, is exposed now and will become even more so. Harry Lime’s great comment in The Third Man springs to mind, ‘You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.’ The British are not used to the Swiss form of direct democracy, either, which is why the use of a referendum to decide something ordinarily left in the hands of a sovereign parliament, has caused such shock. Overall, I think you’re better off in Switzerland.

      • Overall I think I am, not pefect but no government is perfect. By the way the cuckoo clock is actually from the Black Forest area of Germany, but it was probably a lucrative way for the Swiss to get money out of the tourist pockets.Brotherly love – yes well the Basler are not keen on the Zürcher and vice versa and for the Zürich people the bernese (including the Solothurner which we are) are slow on the uptake. but we know what we are dealing with.

      • I think Hollywood got the wrong end of the stick, even getting the origin of the cuckoo clock wrong (although the cuckoo’s other characteristic, apart from its distinctive call, is its tendency to squat in others’ nests), but in classic Hollywood/capitalism style, they equated peace and direct democracy with something lacking, like cultural distinction.

  2. Thanks for the mention!
    And in agreement with the addition.
    Meanwhile as a response The Labour Party turns inwards……. history repeats itself….seems they didn’t remember the Thatcher era.
    I’m going to go Military History pedant now…
    Have to say this about that line in The Third Man….worse one ever.
    During the 15th-16th Centuries the Swiss hired themselves out as ferocious mercenaries (The saying was No Gold No Swiss) and also carried out some pretty astute campaigns of their own. After their ‘glory’ days of massed ranks the Swiss maintained a reputation as dependable and tough soldiers (It was an era when small nations etc made a living by hiring out regiments). This all came to an end during in supreme irony during the era of the French Revolution / Napoleonic era: In Louis’ last days his Swiss Guard were effectively wiped out defending his palace; Swiss troops however fought in Napoleon’s armies and continued to maintain their reputation; at the Battle of Wavre (same time as Waterloo a Swiss regiment was wiped out in an attack across a river). So they were wiped out at the beginning and the end.
    WWII some little known air ‘incidents’ took place over air space by whosoever flew over; both Allies & Nazi forces found out to their cost.
    That doesn’t count the fraternal set-toos between Cantons.
    Hollywood never was very good with its research.
    OK, I’m done

  3. Hey, people had to make a living. Irish soldiers have fought in every English and British army since the 12th century. My point about the Swiss relates to their use of the referendum as an instrument of government. In Britain, however, parliament has the sovereign power of law making. How much do you bet people begin to remember that, in their efforts to have a second referendum to get the ‘right’ decision or simply ignore the first one and argue that it isn’t worth the paper people voted on? I watched an Irish politician last night make a very cogent point regarding the Brexit decision, ” I can’t believe what the Establishment have done, before, during and after Brexit, I am full of admiration for those people who have voted Brexit and stood up to such a terrible bullying campaign, I have no truck with racism but to judge the 17 million people in that manner does the person who says it no service or the people about whom they say it, no service, either, they stood up and said, ‘we see the EU for what it is, or, at least that what I took out of it. Is it the start of a new dawn? I don’t think so but it’s the first step in exposing the EU. I thought it was exposed when we were forced to re-run the Nice Treaty, I thought it was exposed when we were forced to re-run the Lisbon Treaty, I thought it was exposed during the financial crisis but unfortunately the Establishment, the politicians who were in power plus the Media, by and large, helped to stop that exposure. I think it’s exposed, again, now and I think it’s open for us to grab that opportunity and not let the right have the narrative or tell the story. It’s up to us to grasp it. How could you possibly say that the EU is good as it stands when we have a country where we have to get permission to build homes for our people, how can we possibly say this is a ‘social’ EU when it allows 10,000 minors go missing in Europe and we haven’t had one single urgent debate at EU level in relation to that? On top of that, we have the Lisbon Treaty, and I’m all for a social EU, this Treaty, which ~I canvassed against after reading it in detail, I hoped there was scope in that Treaty to bring out the social EU but that Treaty is all about the militarization of Europe, page after page, it’s in relation to the neoliberal agenda and its application in Europe. ” She made this statement on television after an incredible speech in the Dail (Irish House of Commons), yesterday. It was the most cogent argument I have heard, so far, in this whole debate/debacle.

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