Monday, 12 August 2019

Elephant in the room

So what to write today? I could blather on about this, that or the other thing - my neighbours from hell maybe, or my tyrannical boss, or my lucky escape from near-disaster. But all those little personal stories are starting to feel utterly trivial beside the enormous elephant in the room, the one thing that now dominates British life and every other conversation - Brexit.

On October 31 Prime Minister Boris Johnson, backed by a bunch of dogged fanatics, has promised to take the UK out of the European Union. Just like that.

He has only the vaguest idea of what will happen next or how our everyday lives will be affected. He just thinks it's a jolly good idea, and in any case it was voted for in a referendum three years ago and he has to obey "the democratic will of the people".

Like millions of others, I'm in despair at the possible consequences of this hare-brained decision. There have been hundreds of grim predictions from expert after expert about the negative effects on business, on the economy, on the public services, on agriculture, on the environment and on scientific research - just about everything in fact. But the predictions have been ignored by the Prime Minister, who regards them all as hysterical scare-mongering.

Jenny and I probably won't be personally affected, unless the predicted food and medicine shortages come about, but other people could be quite severely affected. But hey, we have to abide by the democratic will of the people, even if they voted for the mass slaughter of ugly babies.

I can only hope common sense prevails before it's too late, but that seems increasingly unlikely. The Brexit juggernaut is careering down the hill and nobody knows how to apply the brakes. An almighty crash seems unavoidable.

Pic: Prime Minister Boris Johnson

14 comments:

Ms Scarlet said...

*Wanders off to look at the giraffe in the garden*
Sx

nick said...

Ms Scarlet: Take a good look while you have the chance. Giraffes and/or garden ornaments will be illegal after Brexit. I read it on Facebook so it must be true.

Bijoux said...

I am much too ignorant to comment on the situation. The less news I read, the better I feel.

CheerfulMonk said...

Then there's Ashleigh Brilliant's, "I feel so much better now that I have given up hope."


We have our own Destroyer-in-Chief.

nick said...

Bijoux: I sometimes feel the same, that ignoring all the news would do me the world of good. You're lucky to know nothing about Brexit, it's a nightmare. I don't know much about the goings-on around the US President, but it's pretty obvious he's an unashamed scoundrel.

nick said...

Jean: Well, hope of any sensible solution to the situation is fading rapidly. I'm amazed the US president is still in office, that he hasn't yet been impeached or forced to resign.

Linda Sand said...

I don't know; the fear around Brexit reminds me a lot of Y2K.

Wisewebwoman said...

I'm going all insular on you as we have our own federal election in October and our very own Trump lite as leader of the conservatives who must not be voted in.

Good luck with Brexit and the fallout.....

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helen devries said...

I would have voted Leave if I had still been living in the U.K. I had not wanted to join in the first place and the development of the EEC into the EU did nothing to change my mind.
But had I been running the show I would have assumed that the EU would not budge an inch and started organising properly before using Article 50...and ignoring EU strictures on not seeking other trade deals while still a member.
This shambles horrifies me. Every time I came to see my mother organisation in the U.K. seemed to be going more to the dogs...is there no one capable of taking decisions and making them work?

nick said...

Linda: You could be right. The UK is the first country ever to leave the EU so it's very much an unknown quantity and it's anyone's guess what the consequences will be. There's just endless speculation in the absence of any hard fact. Who knows, I might be totally wrong and Brexit turns out to be a huge success?

nick said...

www: Good luck with your own elections in October. I hope the good guy gets in and not the bad guy!

nick said...

Helen: "Is there no one capable of taking decisions and making them work?" Indeed, we now have the most incompetent, ill-informed cabinet ministers I've seen in my lifetime. As I said to Linda, you might be right that leaving the EU will turn out to be a brilliant decision, who knows? But like you, I wish the politicians would just get on with it and end this agonising, long-drawn-out wrangling.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I don't know much about the situation, but if he's as loony as he looks, join the club. He and Trump could be twins.

nick said...

Agent: People say that all the time. Some of the clownish behaviour is a deliberate act of course. He thinks it makes him more lovable and voter-friendly.