Boris, Unleashed

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken and revealed themselves to be even more ill-informed and gullible than I ever would’ve believed.

This was, for all intents and purposes, a second Brexit referendum and, guess what, the Leavers easily won the day, despite the so-called “youth quake” and every bit of “Momentum” they could muster.

Labour took a big hit but what is equally interesting is that the Liberal Democrats, pro-Remain and proud of it, were also swept from the electoral board. Take that, all you Labourites who insisted Jeremy Corbyn should have more aggressively stumped for the European Union while out on the hustings.

Ah, Jeremy Corbyn.

He’s finished, of course, and so is the Left wing of the Labour Party. Now Tony Blair and his minions will have all the ammunition they need to gut the party and return it to the golden days when they hugged the middle of the road like a near-sighted motorist. No more of this shite about “the many vs. the few” and shaking up the ruling hegemony. There are many affluent Labour members and supporters who were never comfortable with Corbyn’s intentions to redistribute wealth and shore up the “nanny state”. Cradle to grave medical coverage, free tuition, reinvesting in social services? Fuck that. The wealthy are happy to claim a progressive mantle as long as their interests aren’t threatened. Once that happens, they lose all trappings of liberalism and socialism, siding with their economic equals and peers. Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg called it over a hundred years ago and little has changed since.

It’s a class thing and nothing else matters once privilege is called into question.

Going to get very, very ugly, very, very fast in the U.K. but here are a few predictions for what lies ahead, and one doesn’t have to be a swami or mentalist to see this coming:

Boris Johnson’s star won’t be long in ascent. At heart, he’s a creep and compulsive liar and his true colors will be revealed in very short order.

The U.K. will sign a final Brexit deal…but will never escape the economic reach and power of the European Union. The final draft will be a huge eye-opener to the rabid Leave folks, Brussels setting the agenda and calling the shots, including a free movement of people across borders and many other clauses that kinda, sorta resemble the old agreement.

Scotland is gone. Independence, baby. The Scots are a wise people who know which way the wind is blowing. While the rest of the U.K. limps along, its power and influence much diminished, Scotland will cut a new deal with the E.U. and before long will be out-performing their Brit, northern Irish and Welsh counterparts.

The powers that be will double down on their control of the “free press”, learning to better manage the message. Despite a heavily biased news media (including the once-vaunted BBC), Labour was able to starkly depict the plight of the poor, disenfranchised, youth and precariously employed, exposing the underlying anger people are experiencing while suffering under the yolk of neo-liberal capitalism. That must be checked—can’t allow reality to defeat the carefully maintained illusion of a united, contented populace.

I’m in grieving mode today, distraught that ordinary, hard-working people had an opportunity to take a sober, second look at Brexit and remake their society into a fairer, more sustainable and democratic dominion where everyone is treated equally.

This was a chance for real, generational change, a revolution from below.

It’s over and won’t come again in my life time.

The good guys have lost and now the U.K. is at the mercy of a black-hearted bunch of bastards who are going to loot the public purse, secret the proceeds of their crimes in tax havens, while having a bloody good laugh at the expense of the stupid proles who put them in power, voting (yet again) against their own interests, deserving of nothing but contempt.

“The worst slavery is that of heavily indoctrinated happy morons who adore their chains and cannot wait to thank their masters for the joy of their subservience.”

Yanis Varoufakis

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

H.L. Mencken




  1. Norman Johnson

    Just listened to Will Self on R4 (A Point of View) which he began by quoting the Kafka aphorism: “There is hope, but not for us”.

  2. Cliff Burns

    Self is one of my favorite commentators. I don’t always agree with him but respect his keen intelligence and dry wit.

    Love to sit down and have a pint or two with him.

    I guarantee the conversation would be raucous (and extremely off color).

  3. robertday154

    The mob chose Barrabas.

    I feel most sorry for Dennis Skinner, veteran MP representing the Derbyshire former mining town of Bolsover (where my mother was born). He has been put out of office after 49 years by the intervention of the Brexit Party, who took about 4,000 votes from him. Two independents took around 500 votes each. Without them, Dennis would have held his seat, albeit with a dramatically slashed majority. The irritating thing is that Dennis was against EU membership; but Farage’s scattergun approach targeted supporters and opponents alike, as long as they were Labour. Dennis probably feels the way the former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth does about the end of his Parliamentary career: “The people have spoken – the bastards.”

    My own constituency has been safe Tory ever since it was created in the 1980s; a mix of rural farming areas and former council estates 'liberated' under Right to Buy, it returned a fairly anonymous back-bencher, Edward Argar, whose Parliamentary career has hardly been meteoric, although he did get a junior Ministerial job under the last Johnson government – mainly because de Pfeffel so decimated the ranks of experienced Tory old hands, there was hardly anyone left other than the silent backbenchers. Argar and his predecessor regularly got majorities of about 14-16,000; this time, it was more like 22,000. But much to my surprise, when I got to the polling booth, I found we had a Green candidate I didn't know about! (I hesitate to suggest that they were so Green, they didn't bother sending out leaflets). The thing is that in the result, they came last out of four candidates, but with a vote of around 2,000, which compares favourably with Green Party performance (or non-performance) elsewhere. A lot of Green candidates did well to get 500 votes.

    The only bright star is the increased possibility that the matter of Ireland might well get settled. Northern Ireland voted to Remain; in the election, two Loyalist DUP MPs lost their seats, including their leader in the Commons. When I was in the Republic in August, the options for Irish unity were the only outward sign of politics I came across; that idea must now be gaining impetus.

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