From my personal stance politically, it is probably expected that I will produce some type of anti-tory diatribe, but no, actually this is a genuine commentary on the state of the nation approaching the cliff’s edge that Brexit may be. It should be mentioned that this shall not be your typical ‘Remoaner’ or ‘Brexiteer’ argument detailing all of the possible rewards or backlash we may receive as a result of the referendum, and how this will affect us long-term. Rather, this article will focus more on the Joe Soap view of Brexit, that many people form just sitting on their sofa in front of the television, watching the seemingly relentless ‘news’ covering the issue. It has reached a certain point in the process, where every morning your trusty BBC crew are presenting more what appears to be lines from a failing comedy show, than they are reporting on serious hard-hitting issues that plague our country. As such, it only seems appropriate to get on board and collect a few of these examples together in what could probably be considered a bloopers reel of what not to do when deep uncertainty is facing your country. Facing limited column inches, I am focusing on three important issues: “Brexit means Brexit”, ‘Boris’ Bus ‘, and Jeremy Corbyn’s “Seven out of Ten” opinion.
“Brexit means Brexit”, what a delightfully meaningless statement for all of us who can read, or even just comprehend the most basic of sentences. Though, you can be forgiven for feeling that it carries more weight than it does, as it has become Theresa May’s ad nauseam, repeated so continuously she almost deserves a medal for dedication. However, despite this prize-winning ability, it has become increasingly clear over recent months that she lacks a definition of the word Brexit itself. Despite numerous members of her horribly divided party thrusting varying advice at her from all directions – and then jumping ship from the cabinet as the clock ticks down to Brexit D-Day – she can’t seem to reach a decision. Are people distancing themselves from looming disaster? Just in time for another leadership election? Boris is probably lacing up his campaign boots as you read this article. Well, I bet none of you could have foreseen that. Boris, Brexiteer-Number-One, stepping away from a disaster largely of his own construction. Almost seems reminiscent of one J Bruce Ismay, clambering into a lifeboat as his heavily peopled ship sinks. After all this time we’re no closer to figuring out what Brexit does actually mean – and it’s clear Mrs May can’t tell us, even with the ever wise and dignified council of Mr Johnson.
Ah yes. Boris’ Bus. Do we really need to rehash this? – Well okay then, but let’s be brief (though we all know Boris can’t contain himself when the camera’s pointing his way). This alone has to be my absolute favourite aspect of Brexit. It has, after all, provided me with something to think about when bored that never ceases to make me chuckle in what I think is most comparable to disdain and disgust, but also has this innate ability to start a kind of rage that I suppose could make me akin to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. And yet, despite this, large sections of the British public still view him as the clown prince of Conservative politics. Always there with a pithy and intellectual quote, but truly one of us. Like his fellow privately schooled multimillionaire mate, Farage. And, like Farage, quick to walk away from a smashed vase, and ready to take the dustpan and brush from Theresa’s hands – while it suits him, that is. Surely, we all remember the night before he mounted his bus, he was still to decide whether he was in or out of the Brexit camp, writing a column for each for publication, pending his selection of the most appropriate option for Boris. As to evidence this we see a disturbing side to his blonde bimbo persona, as in Cameron’s 2005 leadership campaign, Boris exposed himself to be entirely self-serving when it comes to his politics – “I’m backing this out of pure, cynical self-interest.” There should be no surprise here; he is on record as suggesting that he did not believe in a free NHS, “If NHS services continue to be free… they will continue to be abused.” Does this sound like a champion of Britain and its beloved NHS? Certainly not to me, yet many people voted leave on the basis of this promise. I’m not saying the leave vote was wrong, but that the basis for those leave votes was, well… naïve. Oh, let’s move on.
Finally, to avoid complete bias and a heretofore unknown level of political balance, I will look at the somewhat unpopular “seven out of ten” Corbyn approach to the EU. Now, this is tough for me as it is known that I am pro-Corbyn, (lets just keep this between us) but what was he thinking? Yes, I know, he was being honest in his personal opinion towards the EU, a body in whom he has had little faith over the years. And with some good reason. But, as a leader, is it really good enough when on the campaign trail to persuade people to vote remain? I, like many others, think not; at that time we needed a more persuasive voice, and since that time, it is clear that Corbyn had handed over the ammunition box to his enemies. The end result has been to leave many Labour voters and supporters unsure as to the position the Labour Party holds in regard to the EU and Brexit. Mr Corbyn must make clear to his Party and to the nation what his Brexit deal will offer. Let’s face it, there is a possibility that he could be in Number 10 before March the 29th, and he will have to hold these discussions with the EU himself – I do hope he knows what he’s doing.
Written by Olivia Burns