I was going to write a post about Brexit but gave up, as my mood kept veering between despair and hysterical laughter. Perhaps the extended deadline has offered us some hope, but given what’s happened up till now there’s no guarantee things won’t still go pear-shaped and politicians who don’t know what they’re doing won’t lead us into some chaotic and half-baked deal which is supposed to be the ‘will of the people’. But there’s a possibility it could get better rather than worse, and the Labour leadership is being pushed harder and harder to endorse a second referendum. If only… The ”Revoke Article 50′ petition is still gathering signatures and now stands at over 6,076,000. Even though it didn’t reach the 17,000,000 or so that people were hoping for, this is a significant number and needs to be taken seriously. But it seems to me that ‘the will of the people’ has become a Humpty Dumpty term which means whatever anyone wants it to mean. If Stephen Kinnock can say that a second referendum would be anti-democratic, then we’re already in Orwellian territory where ‘freedom’ means its opposite. Except that of course it’s more complex than that and our country and its politics have become more deeply divided than they’ve been in many years. The biggest political parties are split into different factions and the smaller ones sadly don’t have the clout to get anything done. The will of some people is most certainly not that of others.
I could go on and end up ranting about it, or else holding my head in my hands and asking, as so many people are, ‘How did we ever come to this?’ There are reasons, of course, but I’m not going to into them now. Instead I’m going to hand over to Adelina, who has volunteered to come to my aid. By her own admission she doesn’t know an awful lot about Brex It, but as always she is full of goodwill and eager to learn. I take no responsibility for the content of her post.
As the Belated Writer has told you, she is letting me write the rest of this Piece of Blogg because she gets so Angry and Upset about Brex It. I said I would be happy to help, as I like to understand things in Simple Terms. I don’t know very much about The Situation but I’m sure that if I try to explain it, that will help you all as well. As I expect you know, it’s all about things like Politics and History and whether we are Coming or Going, which is what nobody seems to know.
A long time ago in 1975 there was something called a Refer-endum and people voted to join the Common Market, as it then was. The Belated Writer tells me she voted against it, but she was quite young back then and things were different. Anyway, the United Kingdom (only it isn’t very United and it’s a Queendom and not a Kingdom) became part of the European Union, which meant all sorts of things like Butter Mountains and Health and Safety and people coming here from Other Countries. Not all of it seemed like a Good Thing but some of it did, and there was a lot of Buying and Selling going on Between the European Countries. Some people in Parliament thought we shouldn’t be in the Union, though, as they thought Britain ought to be Great all on its own, like it was a long time ago when we had a big Empire and made a lot of people in Far-off Countries very unhappy. Most people seemed to think it was a Good Idea on the Whole, though.
Then somebody came along whose name I think was Mr Nigel Farrago. He made a lot of Fuss about Britain coming out of the European Union because there were too many Immigrants (which means people from Other Countries coming to live here). So Mr David Cameron, who was Prime Minister then, said we would have another Refer-endum which he thought would prove people wanted to Stay In. Only it didn’t. Just over Half the people Voted to Come Out and just under Half Voted to Stay In, which meant that Mr Cameron had to stop being Prime Minister and a lady called Mrs Tweezer May took over. She had said she thought we should Stay In, but now it seemed all she could say was that we would have to Brex It (which means Come Out) and she was very Strong and Stable. She kept telling people that Brex It means Brex It. I don’t know why she had to keep saying that, as it couldn’t really mean anything else.
At the same time Mr Jeremy Core-bin, who leads the Labour Party (except that there are some people who don’t want him to) stopped saying he was In Favour of the European Union and didn’t argue with Mrs May and her Friends in the Tory Party (which some people call the Nasty Party, because they take Money away from Poor People and give it to the Rich, which is called Capital-ism). Then it turned out that some of her Friends – who were also her Enemies – like Mr Joris Bohnson, who has a lot of Hair, and Mr Michael Glove, who hasn’t got very much, had lied to Everyone about Money, so that the people who voted to Come Out didn’t really know what they were voting for and some of them wished they hadn’t.
That was all in 2016. Since then Mrs May has been trying to Brex It but she still hasn’t managed it. Some people have been trying to stop her and some people, like Mr Jacob Mees-Rogg, who is Very Rich and has a Nanny, think we should just Leave with No Deal, which means a lot of things in this Country would just Come to a Stop and everybody (apart from him) would be Worse Off. Fortunately Parliament has Voted against No Deal, but nobody seems to like Mrs May’s Deal and the Members of Parliament have done an awful lot of Voting about it all and don’t really seem to have got anywhere, which may be something to do with the Irish Back Stop. I’m not quite sure what that is, but I think it’s about whether people can go from one bit of Ireland to the other, and the Democratic Unionist Party (who don’t seem very democratic to me) trying not to let them.
And then of course there are all the people who want to have another Refer-endum, as they say so many people have Changed their Minds about Brex It on account of Brex It not having meant Brex It in the way they thought it was going to. Or even if we still have Brex It, they think we ought to Vote on how it’s going to happen. Somebody started a Petition on the Inter-net to stop Brex It and over 6 million people have signed it, but Mrs May, and Mr Core-bin too, still say it isn’t the Will of the People. I must say I don’t know which People they’re talking about, as there are an awful lot of People and quite a lot of different Wills. There are some People – though not nearly as many as the Petition People – who think we should just Brex It now and Never Mind What Happens Next. Anyway, the European Union have got so fed up with us that they have given us an Extension till the end of October to Sort It All Out and decide What’s Going to Happen and when and how, which nobody seems to have been able to do up till now. I believe people in Other Countries have been laughing at us because we’ve got in such a Mess, and that’s not a very nice State of Affairs.
I do wish it would all get Sorted Out and Everybody could just go back to living a Quiet Life. Personally I don’t see why we couldn’t have just stayed where we were and not had to Brex It at all, as it doesn’t seem to be doing anybody any good. And I wish all the people who have had their Money taken away could get it back again so that they don’t have to live in dreadful Houses with not enough Food to Eat. I believe wishing things like that is called Social-ism but I don’t mind what sort of Ism it is. Some things are Not Right and nobody should pretend they are Right (except that the Nasty Tory Party call themselves The Right or even the Far Right, which means they want to do even more things that are Not Right.)
I do hope this has helped explain Brex It for you. I’m certainly Clearer about it myself now. It’s been lovely talking to you all.
With love from