Back in the mists of 2015 an erstwhile young village idiot name of one David Cameron made the fateful decision that he would gamble the economic stability and security of Great Britain against keeping a minority faction within his own party from spoiling his chances to have a second term in charge of a coalition government, to be decided by his ability to win a sure thing of keeping Britain in the European Union. Common sense and economic sense meant Cameron couldn’t lose but his enemies exposed his fatal flaw.
The referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union was viewed as an opportunity by other erstwhile village idiots to lay claim to the leadership of Tory party and, by a cruel fate, the Prime Ministerialship of a Tory majority government. Cleverly, the suitors to the Tory crown had a cunning plan and presented Cameron with a career ending Sophie’s choice. The buffoonery blamed all of the failings of Cameron’s government onto the European Union; something which successive failing British politicians had done.
Side note: Jeremy Corbyn made the best argument against voting to leave the EU by highlighting the truth that Britain’s problems were to be laid at the feet of the Tories but he was all but ignored by the media and generally derided. If what he had been saying had been given the exposure that it deserved then Britain could well have chosen a very different path.
This clever ploy presented Cameron with a simple choice, admit that the failings were his government’s, thus ending his career but saving Britain’s membership to the EU, or counter-argue with see-through tales of doom, thus risking Britain’s membership to the EU, its economic stability and security but saving his own bacon. Cameron, long suspected of being among the most craven impersonators of a British Prime Minister in generations, chose to save his own bacon and roll the dice on Britain’s security.
Britain lost but David Cameron saved himself from admitting that he was the worst British Prime Minister in living memory and ran away from office as soon as it was obscenely indecent to do so.
By order of Rupert Murdoch, Theresa May was crowned Tory Regent (King rat) and inherited the responsibility of manipulating and exploiting the chaos caused by David Cameron’s legacy to the people of Britain. Theresa May began by signalling that a meaningless non-word, dreampt up by some slogan factory sweatshop, means the same exact nothing and is most likely currently attempting to spin up a way of presenting the greatest constitutional change to the British Isles since the Reformation that will pass a vote by the MPs in her own party. Almost certainly, that will involve bribery or ‘inducements’ to greedy outstretched paws that British taxpayers will pay for.
What should help the British public to sleep soundly at night is that we have a government who will be currently working diligently to create a situation that profits them at our expense but which can be presented in a way that allows the current government to keep its claws in power. It is no easy task. I would argue that people primarily voted to leave the EU in response to not trusting that our government, our politicians, act in our best interests, and they’re correct. The mistake was that voting to leave the EU left our exit in the hands of those same distrustful, self-serving, politicians and government. Right idea, incorrectly executed. We should have reformed our own politics first and then made the decision about leaving the EU.
But it’s not all bad news, and I speak as someone who voted to Remain and would still vote to Remain. We have not declared Article 50 yet, we have not exited the EU yet, we still have time to reform British politics before we make that jump. Britain cannot afford ‘business as usual’ politics. Those currently in power will want to propagate a narrative of ‘stability’ and ‘continuity’ but that is simply the voice of self-interest. Britain can (and must) reform its political institutions and, with them, Britain’s view of itself. The victory of those people who voted to leave the EU should be seen as the start of an important conversation that will lead to Britain re-imagining itself within Europe, re-imagining its relationships within Europe, and re-imagining what sort of country Britain is in the 21st Century.
Britain has an opportunity to lead a conversation that is long overdue and one which many countries within Europe also want to have. You might have hoped the media could have spurred the conversation but, after their vociferous contribution to the EU Referendum debate, they have been shown to have very little of substance to add to the aftermath and very much just part of the idiot establishment. The people of Britain are desperate to have the conversation and we are having it, it’s just that the “establishment” aren’t joining us and, instead, are trying to continue their history of exploiting us. That has to end.
In voting to leave the EU, Britain voted to ‘Take Back Control’, well, we haven’t taken back control yet and we’re still sitting idly by, fruitlessly hoping that our own politicians are going to give us a control that we, the people, have never enjoyed. That has to change and Britain must reform its own politics before addressing the question of Britain’s relationship with Europe.