Friday, 4 November 2016

High Court Brexit Ruling

Yesterday's ruling by the High Court sent me reeling. I had suspected Brexit was never going to happen but I am fully assured now that it won't. Why?

The MPs will vote against it. That is Parliamentary Democracy. Furthermore, MPs have more or less made it clear that voters are too dense to decide their own future- perhaps true when one sees what passes for humanity these days, 'innit', 4,000 knife crimes in London this year alone. It would be hard to imagine a bigger bunch of losers than these young men stabbing each other. Should these cretins be allowed to vote on anything or better off in a labour camp in freezing Siberia? They're not representative of a democratic society, are they?

Too many MPs must have vested interests in remaining in the EU or rather, one can only assume they do as they clearly ignore their own constituents.  Also, please don't tell me that hedge fund supremos did not make a killing at the news of the ruling yesterday? The pound soared and someone now has a brand new Rolls Royce. Ms Miller, as noble as she believes she is, probably has her own reasons for staying in the EU but I doubt very much the best interests of the British people is one of them.

Had Theresa May sought the correct advice, she would not be in this situation now. She had intended to go solo and invoke Article 50 but I suspect that no one in government had ever taken Brexit seriously enough to consider the practical aspect of whether she could indeed bypass Parliament. That makes me believe that Brexit was merely an irritant that eventually would go away. Logically, if enough time had passed between the referendum and invoking Article 50, someone would have argued that that was then and this now- aka, we need a new referendum. No doubt it would have been a future election promise.

We know now of the widespread disbelief in government pre- referendum that Brexiteers could actually win. Osborne and Cameron, puffed up like preening peacocks, looked down in disdain at voters and their message was clear- we know more than you fools so listen to us. They then proceeded to spin a yarn or two aided by the Governor of the Bank of England whose views ought to remain private. Interestingly, the Governor's forecasts have proved wrong. Most alarming of all, the Governor did not take into account that a weaker pound means greater demand for exports which could be just the boon to revitalise the manufacturing industry. There is plenty of precedent around the world of devalued currency driving growth in export markets. Why therefore did the Governor not factor this potential consequence into his forecasts?

The real issue du jour is whether Parliamentary Democracy works anymore. Britain has changed beyond recognition- whole towns are now made up of immigrants who speak little or no English and who don't see themselves as British. The City of London is a parallel universe to the rest of Britain. The average Joe Bloggs feels isolated from the political elite and is becoming more apathetic by the day.

Perhaps the government will realise that Brexit has provided an opportunity to reconnect with ordinary people, not those with deep pockets who refuse for the status quo to be eroded. Wanting things to stay the way they are when the whole world is in a state of flux is a dangerous and very careless thing to do.

The current uncertainty is damaging to Britain, not only on the world stage but in managing our own affairs. The aftermath of the Financial Crisis in 2008 was that livelihoods and futures were lost. Elected government has a duty to provide its citizens with an environment in which to thrive if they so choose. We saw in 2008 that the then government was woefully misinformed and had taken their eye off the ball and the FSA also cast a blind eye on the bacchanalian excess that ultimately came to an end with disastrous consequences.

Theresa May made a damaging mistake and lost valuable time in limiting the fallout of Brexit. The government is playing swings and roundabouts with your future and my future. One can only hope that the current climate of gloating, loathing, political paralysis and refusal to listen to voters will change.

That Brexit feeling: pilloried voter.

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