Though it’s initial reaction was muted, GBP has moved decidedly higher in recent trade (after a brief selloff following May’s announcement), putting the British currency on track to end its record two-week losing streak of uninterrupted declines.
Looking at the Conservative party as it is right now, it would be easy to believe they are of a different species, who speak a different language, who came from a different world – a different dimension even. Every day a new statistic of our failing nation feels more like the opening of festering wounds, the result of a banking-led crisis in 2008, itself the making of failed and weak politicians who caved into the lobbying practices of the most corrupt in corporate power. ‘Old Blighty’ now seems like a good term, for Britain is now so badly damaged, so blighted in almost every metric of well-being that society’s life-blood is literally draining away in front of our very eyes. And irrespective of your stance on the big issue of the day, Brexit is the result of politicians by the politicians but for the country, it is like Britain has had its throat slit.
One matter is very clear throughout this Brexit ordeal. This is a combined collective failure of the United Kingdom as a whole. There is no unity, no meaning, no purpose, no discipline and no sense of comradeship in the UK – if there ever truly was.
We now know a lot more about the consequences of Brexit than we did. It was presented as a binary choice, providing no evidence of its real implications and yet we are told by politicians of both left and right today that the decision must stand. Why? It isn’t about democracy because democracy was corrupted as we have since found out. It wasn’t legally binding – it’s a promise. Politicians haven’t been trusted for decades precisely because they break their promises – so why is Brexit set in stone?