In light of recent revelations from the EU about how easy it would be revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit outright literally at any damn time, it just makes the Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn “Brexit Debate” idea even more incomprehensibly stupid.
By all means have the debate but at least include other political leaders who have views that aren’t stuck in “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic” mode about it.
If this whole debate nonsense is truly about informing the public of our options and arguing the case for them there is literally no good reason to block out other politicians making the case either for a final referendum or just for cancelling Article 50 and not bothering with any of this any more.
We all know Theresa May is all gung-ho for precisely this exact Brexit and will refuse to entertain literally anything else as a possibility.
We all know Jeremy Corbyn is largely pro-Brexit but refuses to actually state what he wants it to look like outside of ‘not what the Tories think.’
Besides the issue is going to be decided in Parliament, not by the electorate, so why the fuck are they bothering with a televised debate put on in front of the nation when neither of them objectively gives a shit what the nation might want at this point?
And I’m still sat here trying to fathom how my staunchly anti-Brexit and pro-people’s vote friends are still somehow justifying themselves being staunchly pro-Corbyn when Corbyn is still proving himself to be staunchly pro-Brexit and anti-people’s vote.
I’m not saying I don’t want Corbyn to replace Theresa May as PM but for fuck’s sake how are some people still not acknowledging that he will never be on their side regarding Brexit because he’s an old-school Eurosceptic.
The longer this drags on the longer the love for Corbyn from some people looks less like a truly informed political approval and more like some kind of personality cult that can only end in either abject failure if he never becomes PM, or mass disillusionment if he does and proceeds to be nothing like what some people have convinced themselves he is.
… yeah my brief semi-hiatus from active political blogging has done nothing to make me less of a rambling loudmouth seemingly determined to annoy people with contrarianism.
To my mind, the Lib Dems are right about so much and yet it does them no good. They consistently opposed the Iraq war, for example, which is now an extremely mainstream view. Obviously the Labour party is very down on the Iraq war these days but, crucially, that wasn’t the case when it was actually happening. At that point, both Labour and the Tories were all for it.
The Lib Dems are also the only political group that’s consistently advocated proportional representation, and their failure to gain traction there may be the biggest disaster of the lot. It’s because of the first-past-the-post voting system that neither Labour nor the Conservative party can split without facing electoral annihilation. So Cameron called the Brexit referendum to keep the Tories together, and the majority of Labour MPs remain part of an organisation they believe to be ineptly or even malevolently led.
The energy required to keep the Conservative and Labour parties ostensibly united is tearing Britain and Europe apart. Meanwhile the hapless and laughable irrelevance of the only political movement properly addressing the country’s biggest problems is a fascinating manifestation of our looming national disaster.
You’re at 2% in the polls right now you muppet. Your party is marginalised already, because it’s pointless. Any role as ‘champions of Brexit’ has now been ceded to the Tory party you originally came from and all UKIP has left is pointless waffle and directionless xenophobia just for the sake of making noise to pretend someone still cares about you.
UKIP has nothing left. This is typically what happens when a party whose entire reason for existing is to campaign for its own irrelevance gets what it wants.
You have no seats in the House of Commons. 3 in the House of Lords. 4 in the Welsh Assembly. 2 in the London Assembly. 108 local seats in the whole of the nation’s local government.
The only place you do have any say in anything is the European Parliament and when you get your way properly you won’t even have that.
Just let UKIP die on the rubbish bin of history, for fuck’s sake.
Stop trying to make UKIP happen, it’s not going to happen.
In light of the recent news of a ‘surge’ in support for a far-right political party in Sweden… you know what I really fucking hate?
When idiots make the bullshit argument that “well they wouldn’t have so much support if they felt listened to” which in reality when such people say that basically it translates to “if you want them to not have any power, you should have given them the things they want.”
The whole point of them not having power is that they don’t get the stupid shit they’re dumb enough to think will magically solve their problems. Giving them the stupid shit they think will magically solve their problems is not the answer here. Because you still end up with the same stupid shit being foisted upon everybody to keep a gaggle of braying morons temporarily happy until they decide they want even more or different stupid shit and the cycle begins again.
It’s the dumbest argument.
Like when hacks who think they’re pundits (yes I know, glass houses and all that) say that the way for Labour to win back UKIP voters is to pander to racist small-minded xenophobes.
You don’t get rid of UKIP by caving in to their every nonsensical whim. You get rid of UKIP by convincing people of a better way of seeing the problems of the world.
It’s harder, because stupid is as stupid does, but it’s ultimately better in the long run.
Our society isn’t fucked, unequal as all hell and failing so many hardworking people to the point of working insane hours but still having to use food banks because of Romanian immigration.
It’s easy to blame the ‘other’ as we’ve tragically seen throughout history. But it’s better long-term to address the actual root causes of the problems that are so often just casually blamed on immigration.
Example: Our NHS isn’t failing because some Europeans are moving here. It’s failing because successive Tory governments have cut its funding, screwed over its nursing staff’s pay, and implemented constant chaotic inefficient reorganisation to justify it’s privatisation agenda because they’re too cowardly to openly campaign on ‘abolish the NHS’ because they know they’ll be resigned to the dustbin of history where they belong as soon as they do.