Monday, July 4, 2016

Oh UK. What a mess.

It's all gone a bit quiet on the other side of the Pond. After the initial "What the....?" few days, it seemed everyone sank into a combination of despair and panic. Even the Leave voters were slighting wetting themselves, wondering what what going to happen next. 
And then one by one, the people who had foisted this referendum on the country all went slinking off back to their bedrooms. Like little boys knocking on doors and then running away. Or more like grown men standing in horror around the dead body and one by one, scarpering before they have to take responsibility. 

Prime Minister David Cameron was the first to go, saying the people's will "must be respected". Sounds like he'd just had enough to me. "Six years doing this crappy job and this is how they thank me? Well, they can figure this one out on their own". Hilariously, he also mentioned confronting big decisions, not ducking them - which is exactly what he appears to have done in resigning. Literally, "Oh shit. Run everyone." 



Then, when all eyes turned to the UK's very own Trump wannabee, ex-mayor of London, Boris Johnson, he too threw the towel in. He announced that he was not going to be vying putting himself forward for the soon-to-vacated role of Prime Minister. Like Cameron, he mentioned noble characteristics that he apparently doesn't possess himself. "It is not a time to quail" he said. It's not a time for "wobbling and self doubt". Hang on a minute, isn't that what you've just done Boris, in deciding that you can't be bothered with this mess any more? (Definition of "to quail" - to show fear at something; to shrink from something, and now - doing a Boris). Give me strength. 



And, rather mercifully, I woke up today to find that Nigel Farage, the big "Leave" proponent has also stepped down. Apparently he has achieved his political ambition by winning the referendum "That's it mate, I'm out. Sort it out for yourselves" is what he seems to be saying. (Where have we heard that before?") 

So - the three biggest names in the referendum are all now out? Unbelievable. As well as the fact that some of the biggest promises (NHS funding and immigration) are now said to have been "mistakes", surely the whole thing is null and void. Whatever side you're on, this is an unmitigated mess. Perhaps we'll all step out of the shower tomorrow morning and find ourselves with a do-over? *

* and no, that's not Trump's hair do, it's the American term for having another go. 

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  2. A humungous discombobulated (Eton) mess. With no plan. Just amazing. And all of their own doing too.

    I shall write a book, entitled 'How to f*ck up your own nation in one fell swoop'.
    Am sure it will be a best seller. Might even get contributions from Clueless (Cameron), Charmless (Farage) and Coward (Boris). With an editorial by that other f*cker Gove, aka The Death Merchant.

    LCM x

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    1. LOL. Get off the fence LCM. Tell us how you really feel.

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    2. Damn. Knew I should have been more subtle.

      *facepalm*

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  3. "The people have spoken!" That phrase really annoys me. If you take away the voters who admittedly had no idea what they were voting for, and those who voted for something only to be told later that it was a lie, I am convinced the Remain side would have won. But, sour grapes aside, 4% is NOT the voice of the people, and if it is, then it is the people saying, "We're not really sure." Additionally, this Referendum is not binding, so there is no reason the government has to go ahead with Brexit, but they seemed determined to ruin the country. All over a pissing match in the Tory party.

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  4. You couldn't make it up, could you!

    We're all falling into a despairing, accepting mode.
    The optimists say it will all work out.
    How?
    Maggie x

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    1. I notice even the experts aren't giving us much of a clue.

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  5. Yes it is a mess . . . but so is Brussels and I think the big hope is that the constituent members of the EU, including us, will get together and sideline the EU and work together in a much better relationship . . But these are indeed worrying times . . .

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    1. I just can't believe there was no plan at all for leaving the EU. But as we see, Farage didn't think that was part of his responsibility. His political aim, as he has said, was to get the UK out, and as far as he is concerned, not his problem now. Cameron is no better but I can understand him not wanting to lead the country when it's going in a direction he doesn't agree with.

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  6. I think everyone is secretly hoping for a do-over, if only because no one has the first clue as to what should be done now that every last one of the supposed leaders has jumped ship. It's a bit like those awful action films where the driver of the car speeding toward the cliff suddenly becomes incapacitated (or dead) and his foot is on the accelerator and everyone in the car is screaming and panicking and trying to decide whether to try and revive the driver, somehow come up with a way to stop the car, take their chances jumping out at high speed, or just keep barreling toward the cliff and hurtle over the edge to an uncertain (but very likely unpleasant) fate. Yes, it's pretty much exactly like that.

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  7. I read something today that said that some of the farmers who voted for Brexit were now wondering where their EU subsidies would come from. Duuuh...

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