Just one More Whinge about Brexit

Then I’ll shut up. (OK I lied. Maybe I’ll just mention it occasionally over the next 47 years. Lies are the New Truth after all.)

Some excellent quotes.

“It is time for the PM to channel the spirit of Moses in Exodus, and say to Pharaoh in Brussels – LET MY PEOPLE GO”

Boris Johnson, comparing EU membership to another mythical enslavement.

“The problem with a revolt against imaginary oppression is that you get imaginary freedom.”

Fintan O’Toole

“Brexit’s ultimate tragedy is that it has broken the very thing it imagines itself to have restored: national identity, national cohesion. There is none at all. There are just two huge tribes set against each other, and the mutual loathing is as fierce as ever.”

Tom Peck

“If Britain doesn’t pull out of this death spiral, then it will soundly deserve its fate. The country is revelling in its absolute worst tendencies, the like of which I once thought belonged to a minority of boors. I was sadly mistaken, I’m afraid. It now has one as Prime Minister.”


“Honestly, I can’t see why you’re doing it. I don’t understand. I don’t envy you – and not just the passport hassle. You’re on your own now, and the world feels like quite a hostile place. Good luck.”


7 thoughts on “Just one More Whinge about Brexit

    1. And, while we’re waiting, it’s good to see that the churches are on top of the issue. According to The Times, someone called Andy Flanagan has written a praise song called “Reconciled (for Brexit and Beyond)” that ‘aims to build unity in our church and our nation’. Yes, that should help.


    2. We can start saying ‘Told you so’ in 11 months’ time.

      I worry that this will be the case, but I fervently hope it will not be. The best outcome for everyone is that Britain thrives, irrespective of whether that is inside or outside the EU. And since the reality is that we are now out, the best outcome is that we thrive outside the EU. Our own sense of having been right is entirely trivial. People’s jobs and livelihoods are at stake, and even if many of those people voted to leave, they remain the most vulnerable section of our society, the group least able to ride out a storm.

      So I will happily (*) listen to Johnson and Farage telling me in 11 months time that we’ve never had it so good, because by definition that will be a good thing. The time for arguing is over – we have to deal with reality. And yes, we can campaign for re-entry into the EU, but not on the back of hoping Brexit will be a disaster.

      (*) I’ll still want to punch their smug faces, of course.


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