In life perspective is everything. This morning is a case in point. I had an appointment at my local hospital because an anomaly had shown up at my latest eye sight test. Now I have had some experience of this department and so I knew what to expect: A lot of people waiting; the organisation was a little shambolic and the care was first rate (probably the best description you are going to get for the NHS and I love it.) As I sat waited for my name to be called I had a wander through the wild lands of twitter and I was surprised to find out that Britain was in hands of crazed zealots rather than the usual bunch of public school Oxbridge educated people. We had suffered a Coup and the people were rising up to….well the world of social media would have you believe.
From where I was sitting the world as we know it hadn’t ended and the people were not in any mutinous mood but rather patiently awaiting their names to be called. It was rather charming and very very British. Of course this being Leicester the names being called would have made Nigel Farage’s blood curdle but again this is the real world rather than some fantasy. Oh and I didn’t feel the slightest bit uncomfortable that people around me were talking in different languages but then again this is the Leicester I had worked in for over 30 years.
I then had a walk through the centre of town and for a country in upraw clearly the people in Leicester city centre hadn’t got the memo…I don’t think there is much material for a modern Sergei Eisenstein here.
I do wish the many people on social media would start to calm down. What Boris Johnson has done is political sharpe practice nothing more. Of course he is lying through his back teeth when he says it’s got nothing to do with Brexit and he knows it (as he uttered those words he had the greatest difficulty keeping a straight face). It is not a coup. As I wrote yesterday getting all het up about this is falling into Johnson’s trap and missing the bigger picture. What world do we want post Brexit Britain to look like? Now that is something to vigorously engage with rather than gesture pointless of shouting at the Houses of Parliament or some form of direct action.
What do these protestors want? The House of Commons has had three years to debate and debate about Brexit and where did that get us? A massive vote to leave the European Union and three massive defeats for the withdrawal agreement. Even if the government were to fall and an election was called there isn’t enough time to hold that election before the 31st of October so we are going to leave and in the meantime we won’t have a properly functioning government on the run up to the 31st October – how is that in the public interest? (I am not going to consider the government of National Unity because it is just absurd! click here to see why I think this is the case.)
Unfortunately we are leaving the EU on the 31st October – I don’t like it but the Brexiteers won that battle. They don’t have to win the post Brexit battle and that is where all the energy should be aimed at not the loss of four working parliamentary days.
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BTW…my eyes are fine…..