The EU Referendum has been a colossal clusterfudge. It has been a colossal clusterfudge because our government is not up to the task of implementing Brexit nor of successfully making the case for Remain. In fact, the major impediment to our government to making the case for Remain was that their government, their Project ‘Austerity’, was one of the major causes of Brexit victory and our government, on pain of death, could not be honest about that fact (or anything much else it seems: Jeremy Hunt and the dangers of Tory proposals of a 7-day week NHS).
I voted to Remain. I voted to Remain because I believed that Brexit would usher in chaos that would be exploited by the Tories to further their ‘Long term economic plan’. I believed that control of the government, in a post Brexit Britain, would be grasped by the even further right of the Tories, who would embed themselves in government on the battle cry of “continuity”. I believed the keys to the country would be handed over to the lunatics.
I was wrong.
It is much worse than that.
Brexit has exposed the total incompetence of the Tories in government; they are coming apart at the seams. Where I had attributed most of the worst of Tory policies since 2010 to callous disregard for humanity, it is clear that they are mortally incompetent. Any party that has to fill senior roles in its cabinet with people like Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Jeremy Hunt, or Liz Truss has dug through the bottom of the barrel and is scraping at the floorboards beneath. I apologise for including Truss with that trio, a likeable figure but clearly being progressed far too soon.
Where Corbyn’s Labour would be working to get the best deal from Brexit for the British public, minimising the negative impacts of leaving the EU for workers and on our desire to travel for work, education, and pleasure, the Tories are in a bind. On the one hand, the Tories want to continue the transfer of wealth from British taxpayers to the 1% (Code name: Long term economic plan) and on the other …
… they want to remain in power to continue with the transfer of wealth from British taxpayers to the 1%.
Obviously, the Tories also wish to cut spending on the general public, whilst maintaining spending taxpayers’ money where it can be siphoned off by the 1%. That goes without saying. But how do you do that and make the greatest shift in British democracy and sovereignty, maintaining the public’s disenfranchisement and yet also maintain the illusion that you represent the public’s interests so that they’ll vote to keep you in government? How do you continue to rob someone blind yet convince them to keep you out of prison and in a position to rob them?
It wouldn’t be easy if you had some of the sharpest minds in the world at your disposal, the Tories have been reduced to giving jobs to Boris Johnson et al. It doesn’t bode well and they’re doing a terrible job. What’s their answer? Tax cuts, presumably. Tories love announcing tax cuts, even if they never materialise into net gains for 95% of taxpayers. We can also rely on print and broadcast media to lie to us and direct our votes against our best interests. Or we can vote Corbyn.