If there’s ever a slow week in the news or I’m a bit lost for what to talk about, thanks to the combined efforts of the Tory government and the British public, there will always be Brexit to fall back on.
If you to look up ‘Brexit’ in the dictionary the definition would be something along the lines of ‘a subject in which everyone is conversant but unqualified to comprehend its connotations’. In brief, no-one knew what it was when they voted about it and we are still none the wiser.
It seems to be contagious though (to an extent). Sweden are thinking about a ‘Swexit’ and no doubt others will follow. The Spanish may have a ‘Spexit’, France might consider a ‘Frexit’ and the Irish will no doubt shrug their shoulder and think ‘Feck-it’.
I have many annoyances with how the vote was carried out. Firstly, it shouldn’t have been left to the public to decide, we elect officials for that sort of thing; they’re called politicians. How do we know what happens within the EU? It’s not exactly as if we go to Brussels every week to sit in on the meetings. We’re not even on the EU mailing list and I’ve not had a memo from them in decades. The only information we get is from the newspapers and the internet, possibly with a slant on the facts and some things omitted in order to get readers. I’m not saying we’re fed lies, but rather unevenly weighted truths.
“A subject in which everyone is conversant but unqualified to comprehend its connotations”
Secondly, a vote of such importance, one with quite severe consequences on our economy, should have had a buffer percentage in place like a minimum of 60% in favour or against.
What annoys me most about the whole situation isn’t that I voted for the losing side (again) but rather the arrogance of the high and mighty Brexiteers. I’m not on about everyone who voted leave, I’m referring to the bad winners; the ones who say, ‘we won, get over it’ and ‘stop going on about the remain campaign, move on’. These are the ones who will be the first to complain when they realise they will have to pay tourist tax when visiting Marbella for their bit of fun-in-the-sun and learn the hard way what the term ‘freedom of movement’ actually means.
If the boot was on the other foot and the remain vote had won by only 4%, they would be shouting ‘we were robbed!’ and demanding a recount.
If the vote had been for something else, say for example ‘should little Billy get his new heart transplant funded by the NHS?’ and 52% of the UK decided to vote ‘no’, there would be uproar. There would be demands for a new ballot and people saying ‘but only 75% of the eligible population voted! What about the people who didn’t vote, what’s their opinion?’ or ‘Only 17.4 million people voted ‘no’, there’s 65.6 million people in the UK, how is that a fair representation?’
“I’ve not had a memo from them in decades”
If little Billy’s deteriorating conditions were broadcast every few days on the news, people might want to change their mind. Unfortunately, because the people had spoken, the vote will stand, and little Billy will eventually die because those in charge are carrying out ‘the will of the people’.
My friend gave me some food for thought when he suggested that people spend more time on choosing what pizza they’re going to order than they do trying to decide who/what to vote for. You laugh but you can sense a certain amount of truth to it.
Amazingly, two years on and little Billy is still alive no thanks to a decision made by the public. In that time some people have learnt a bit about Billy’s condition and have changed their minds and those who instigated the vote have all disappeared; but the government carry on regardless with their ‘no means no’ blinkers on, going about ‘the will of the people’ from an uninformed decision made over two years ago. In all reality though, and I ask you to ponder this for a moment, since when have the government ever been bothered about ‘the will of the people’ anyway…?