Thursday, September 05, 2019

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Random thoughts on the Brexit mess

- Could it be that we're simply reaping the harvest of 25+ years of tabloid-induced dimwittery (plus the added dollop of "reality TV" since 2000)? I mean, you didn't really think there weren't gonna be large-scale consequences, or did you?

- Is there anything more supremely pathetic than the UK tabloids accusing others of "Project Fear"? Them! The biggest purveyors of the most insane examples of mass hysteria and hypochondria, hatred and envy, curtain twitching and perversion. There are no words.

- So how does it work? Rage at the so-called middle-class "Islington set" for its alleged remoteness from the English working man, while at the same time sticking into office one Eton aristocrat after the other?

- Only 10 years ago an individual like Jacob Rees Mogg would have been the perfect comedy character impersonating your typical antiquated posh twat from the black and white era. Now he's a much revered top Tory MP.

- The story of how a simple, binary referendum question on subjects of gargantuan complexity can fracture a country and rip it to shreds from within.

- The religious zealotry of the brexiteers is the closest we've witnessed to the religious zealotry of 20th century ideologies. Streets paved with gold, no matter what. Just believe.

- I believe it was Hermann Goering who once said: "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger".

- It's blatantly clear - and more with each day- that the Brexit zealots couldn't care less about the daily, practical technicalities of crashing out on Oct 31st. Whether it's employment legislations, family law, trade and shipping rules, nothing must stand in the way of The Great Religious Goal.

- How quick did the country known worldwide as the embodiment of phlegm, moderation and stability become an international joke? Overnight, it seems.

- Don't let anyone tell you that First Past the Post is a guarantee of political stability. Four governments and three Prime Ministers since 2016 would give Italian politics a run for its money. Oh. And on the subject of Italy. Where you around when the Brits used to take the piss out of their choice of a narcissistic clown for Prime Minister?

- Are Boris Johnson and his odious antics a natural consequence of having Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Opposition? But wasn't the rise of Jeremy Corbyn also in turn a natural consequence of (back then) five years of austerity on steroids?

- Chuka Umunna & friends demand a People's Vote: a sacrosanct right when both minds and circumstances have changed. Pity they don't apply the same criteria to their own position as MPs after changing three parties in three months: no sense of cringe, eh?

- Matthew Hancock. Amber Rudd. People of principle. People with mettle.