Lions led by donkeys…
Make no mistake, this is a very dark day for our country. We have fallen victim to an internecine war in the Conservative party, while Her Majesty’s so-called ‘loyal opposition’ seem to have dreamed their way to a disastrous referendum outcome that will affect everyone in the United Kingdom.
Cameron, now unmasked as a hopelessly weak leader, decided to bet the country’s future on his victory in the last election by promising a referendum on our continued membership of the European Union. It was clear that his party was split, and he chose that huge gamble to stop the defection of his MPs to Ukip. Boris Johnson, the court jester, saw his opportunity as a 'white knight' leadership contender, and used his undoubted charisma and popularity to opt for a leave vote. Jeremy Corbyn did nothing. Johnson and his allies played the xenophobia card, whipping up the existing disquiet in the country regarding immigration and all the negative qualities of the Brussels’ bureaucracy, and the British People followed them into the ‘Leave’ lobby.
I predict the following: already the Pound Sterling has fallen in value to a level not seen for thirty years. As soon as ‘the people’ see the substantially increased costs of their overseas travel and their electronic goods imported from the far east, the reduction in the value of their properties, the increase in the cost of food and the negative effects of the stock market on their pensions they will turn on Boris and his friends. There will be a blood-letting.
We are within days of the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, where tens of thousands of British soldiers were slaughtered on the first day. ‘Lions led by donkeys’ they were called later, their leaders having condemned them to an appalling death.
The British People have been betrayed by their political leaders. With the honourable exception of those in Scotland, there is not one of them that should not hang their heads in shame this morning.
24/6/2016 08:00:17 am
Bravo, you have said it. Collectively we have squandered the sacrifices that our parents and grandparents made to achieve a peaceful and tolerant Europe. Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. I fear for the future and there is nothing I can do about it anymore.
25/6/2016 11:28:48 pm
Well yes, that says it. As a Brit who has lived in the Paris area for some 22 years now, I feel a crippling embarrassment at what has happened. My country has made a laughing stock of itself in a most public manner. But let us have no illusions. The European leaders are scrambling to restructure their working relationships for the immediate problems ahead, wearing a troubled mask the while, but the reality is that they are absolutely delighted. They have been driving with the brakes on since the Thatcher era, and finally their collective thumb is hovering over the little button on the end of the lever. They cannot wait. I find the unseemly haste deeply perturbing. It feels somehow pointedly personal.
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