So very, very sad to see my beloved country leaving The European Union. How did we arrive at this tragic point?
I saw it all. All the jiggery pokery, the false promises, the scaremongering, the posturing, the lies, the ignorance. Though I suspect Russian interference in the initial Leave/Remain vote in June 2016, I cannot prove it. The results of official investigations into that strong possibility have been suppressed by Johnson and his gang. Those results should have been unveiled before the December general election happened. It is blatantly obvious why Johnson wanted to keep those findings away from the electorate.
For the last two years The Queen Elizabeth Tower that holds Big Ben has been shrouded in scaffolding. Johnson had the idea that Big Ben should ring once again last night - to commemorate the country's departure from The European Union. But it didn't happen. It would have cost £500,000 to interrupt the refurbishment programme and it would have cruelly rubbed the noses of millions of British Europhiles in the dirt.
Instead there was a pathetic light show in Downing Street with images playing upon the facade of the prime minister's residence. At 11pm an old image of the clock tower minus scaffolding appeared and there was a recorded illusion of Big Ben chiming eleven times. All false - not real - like the Brexit promises themselves. Even the word "Brexit" is false - a jarring, horrible made-up word in the very land that spawned the magnificent most beautiful English language.
I'm sorry. I guess we wait now to see what shit storm emerges.ReplyDelete
Trouble is that there isn't a parallel world in which we can see what would have transpired if Brexit had not happened.Delete
I am so sorry and can relate to the pain the British are going through. We are feeling rather hopeless here,across the pond as we watch our country devolve into something really ugly. However, we do not have your lengthy history and culture so I can only imagine what it feels like for you.ReplyDelete
I have been watching some live footage of the impeachment hearings. What a sham! Surely the American people won't vote Trump in again...will they?Delete
A majority didn't vote him in the first time. Russian interference and the ridiculous Electoral College got us into this mess and I believe (although it breaks my heart to say it) that it will happen again. And if not, I'm beginning to be terribly afraid that he'll refuse to honor the results of the election and will refuse to leave. We're in deep, deep trouble here in the US. So I really feel for you and your country re this Brexit nightmare. There's a nightmare going on in both of our countries.Delete
Maybe one day these times will feature in a blockbuster horror film.Delete
I wish you and your country well under these very uncertain circumstances.ReplyDelete
Mrs Pudding and I may have to flee and I believe you have a spare bedroom Red. What will you serve for breakfast?Delete
Three Yorkies on one house? No way!Delete
I can hear your pain, Mr. P, and can only say I sympathize with all Britons who, like you, wanted to remain a part of the EU. It's truly depressing what has happened politically both there and in the U.S. I mean that literally - depressing.ReplyDelete
When I get too fed up with what's going on, I look at funny animal memes to cope. I've been looking at a lot of them lately. You need an escape, too. Cow pictures, maybe? Mud wrestling? A new pair of hiking boots?
Everything seems better after a nice long walk in the countryside.Delete
Let's make the best of thingsReplyDelete
Isn't that what the Poles said under Nazi occupation?Delete
Hello YP. Long time no communication. Thank you for that post. Living in North Manchester it is rare to hear a pro-European argument. My family will be fine but there's a bloke in our local who is unbelievably full of joy at leaving the EU. He has just moved from a zero hours job to a minimum wage job at Pound land. We have a hard road to travel and I feel ineffably sad and depressed. Keep the flag flying in the people's Republic of Yorkshire. XReplyDelete
Well, I never. I thought you kippered long ago Steve! Or are you blogging from the grave? Nice to hear from you and nice to learn that we are like-minded on this issue. All we can do now is stand on the sidelines like Manchester United supporters - hoping for the best but fearing the worst.Delete
It does feel like a death.Delete
I don't like to comment on politics in the Land of Blog...particularly that of other countries. Enough goes on out here in the real world. ad infinitum.ReplyDelete
Lengthy written word debates don't seem to get us anywhere, so I choose to refrain from entering them, other say....
Articles in our weekend papers here, actually, have been positive.
I respect your continuing decision to avoid political matters in your blog. Most of te papers here have been positive too. The same papers that helped to drive Brexit through.Delete
It's a very depressing time. I'm just trying to find a positive in all this but not being very successful.ReplyDelete
I'm trying to be positive too. What a great world we lived in before Brexit!Delete
You have put it well, I am glad there wasn't too much triumphalism from Johnson. Glad he can understand the terrible divide that exists in this country now.ReplyDelete
I don't think he is that wise Thelma.Delete
It will be interesting to see what has changed when we will be over in June. When I next ring Mary, my 85-year old mother-in-law in Ripon, I will carefully avoid the subject.ReplyDelete
Talk about nice things instead.Delete
A sad day YP. Brexit was an Etonian plan to destroy Socialism and a United Europe. I am glad I live in Ireland in a EU country.ReplyDelete
But Ireland is going to be affected by this and not in a good way.Delete
The sadness I feel is almost like a bereavement. I have yet to hear a true, positive argument in favour of Brexit. It seems to me that the people who stand to lose the most are those who voted for it, believing that it was at the root of their troubles. In fact ten years of Tory government is at the root of all our troubles and Boris now has carte blanche to continue to screw the country.ReplyDelete
Irony upon irony. You could not have made up such a tragic farce. Please don't call him "Boris" Jean. He is not a cuddly, friendly teddy bear figure. He is a lying right wing bastard. Please call him Johnson instead.Delete
Tried to avoid it last night by writing a blog post, but then on the stroke of 11 p.m. - flash bang boom - fireworks from all directions. Pillocks.ReplyDelete
Noun. pillock (plural pillocks) (Britain, mildly derogatory, slang) a stupid or annoying person; simpleton; fool.Delete
I also heard some fireworks. They just made me feel more sick.Delete
I have always been and always will be a Europhile. Anything which unites nations has to be a Good Thing (and I'm sure that Sellars and Yeatman would have agreed). One thing that really irks me ('though not as much as those who voted on immigrant grounds) is those who say that we have the Commonwealth to fall back on. The (anachronistic) Commonwealth no longer needs us having been abandoned 46 years ago with each country carving its own place in the world since then. As far as I am aware I do not have any Scots friends who are 'leavers'. However, with a wonderful irony most of the English who have moved to Lewis to retire seem to be 'leavers'. It's a strange world.ReplyDelete
In this modern world, togetherness is more important than it ever was.Delete
I thought about you and my other English friends all day yesterday. I sure am sorry about all of this and hope you and your family don't suffer in any way from this folly.ReplyDelete
The way ahead is very uncertain. Johnson and his crew have no real idea where we are going.Delete
Like Jennifer, I thought about England too yesterday as the sham trial of impeachment proceeded in the Senate here. The similarities of what's going on in both of our countries is almost unbelievable. I feel as though we have all lost more than perhaps we shall ever truly know.ReplyDelete
The USA and Britain were always considered to be the champions of democracy. I don't think that we can truly say that any more.Delete
I am so glad Boris didn't push for the Big Ben extravaganza. Trump would have -- like that insane military parade he wanted to hold until cooler and more budget-minded heads prevailed. Of course you know I agree with you in every respect about Brexit.ReplyDelete
Well that proves that you are an astute guy Steve!Delete
I wish every gentleman and gentlewoman in your country the very best. It is awful to loose friends and loose countries as friends. My mind and my heart will hardly let me go to the place where you lost your friendly countries as partners on the same day as we lost our beautiful democracy. R.I.P.ReplyDelete
I hope the Democrats get behind Amy Klobuchar. In my opinion she has a much better chance of defeating Trump than Biden, Warren or Sanders who arrive with baggage and old age.Delete
Er..Rise and Shine it's a glorious new Britain??? Well, I've news for them - that's a tad premature - it's still the same old, same old - for another eleven months. A lot can happen in that time, although in this case I doubt very much that it will be anything positive.ReplyDelete
For many years it's been a case of where America leads, Britain surely follows!
I am applying for Norwegian citizenship as I have a Viking heritage. My distant ancestors come from Norway or maybe Denmark...or was it Sweden? Anyway I am a Viking too.Delete
I had all my paperwork to apply for my resident's permit for France on Monday but just found out that the French are in the process of setting up a simplified site for we Brits in France to apply for our permits, which, apparently, will specify "British as a result of Brexit" permits on them (or words to that effect). We'll probably get a free teabag stuck to the back to mark us as "different"! I'm glad it's over, I'm moving ahead on my citizenship request and my kids should be ok too, but I feel so sorry for the "remainer" Brits in the UK (and especially the young ones) and all the crap I feel is heading your way based on lies and manipulations by the likes of Farage and Blowjob!ReplyDelete
Blowjob? I assume you mean Ann Widdecombe.Delete
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