It’s a tough old world out there. Ants removing a dead centipede from a beach I was on this weekend.
I’m not sure I know where to begin. I thought it was just us in Greece who had to deal with a bunch of lying corrupt backstabbing egotistical maniacs in our House of Parliament. But no, it appears the British are pretty up there with us in that respect. I’m not sure if I should be horrified that this is so or heartened that it really isn’t just us.
First of all, you had a referendum campaign that was, on one side, pandering to the monumental rise in right wing extremism (a rise which has lead to one public servant being murdered in a horrific attack) and playing on the fears of an already disillusioned working class living in some of the countries most deprived areas, fears of the ‘other’ and fears of losing what little this section of the British have left. It’s the kind of fear that is illustrated by a ‘joke’ I saw recently on FB. A banker, a worker, and an immigrant are sat round a table with 20 biscuits on it. The banker takes 19 and says to the worker, watch out, he’s going to take your biscuit. This is a very good summary of the main thrust of the Brexit campaign run by Bojo and Farage and it has legitimised nationalism, xenophobia and racism. On the other side the Remainers did nothing but spread fear, refused to deal with any legitimate concerns about the EU and screamed racist at anyone who was not resolutely pro-EU. Both campaigns stank to high heaven.
But if that’s not bad enough, there’s everything that has happened since. The Brexiters have been shown up as liars on every point they campaigned on and the Remainers have sat and sneered at the most deprived people in Britain and smeared them all as inferiors and racists, which is frankly, abhorrent, and smacks of the lack of tolerance which they accuse Brexiters of.. Motes and Beams indeed. Add on to that, the unholy squealing about the result itself (who gave the working classes a vote, eh, dear progressives?). If the Remainers had won by even the slightest of margins they would have defended that vote with their last breaths as an expression of the democratic will of the people. When they lose? They want the referendum voided. Hideous behaviour from so-called ‘progressives’.
But not as hideous as what the Labour party is now doing. Instead of standing together as one to fight a tory party in obvious disarray they choose this as the moment to autocombust because the egotistical Blairites think getting one of their guys in charge of the party is more important than Britain and what happens to it. How the hell they think that deflecting all the spotlight away from the despicable tory party so they can stab their own leader in the back right NOW is what’s needed, is utterly beyond me. I fear that the Labour Party has just become like Pasok, an irrelevance, no longer socialist in any form, not representing workers or the have-nots in any way, completely sold out to a neo lib lite ideology that they seem to think makes them ‘moderates’ but which has lost them all support for Labour in Scotland and the North of England and gained them no new friends anywhere. Well, if that’s what the Labour party has become, good riddance to bad rubbish. Unfortunately, the vacuum they leave behind has been exploited by the nationalists, populists and demagogues.
Finally, while the British Tory and Labour parties fight among themselves and the govt does nothing about negotiating a Brexit, Berlin is plotting giving you the ‘Greek Treatment’. Their way is to basically crush you in any way possible using whatever tools of the EU and propaganda they can. Britain will be painted as traitors to the EU.. accused of holding the EU hostage. They will make exiting the EU as painful as possible. They will not care if this damages your economy because they do not want any more euxits, anywhere. They must make it as unattractive a proposition as possible. I will not wish this on Britain. It’s my country too, even if I am an adopted Greek. But I’ve been screaming about what the EU is up to when it set out to make the MOUs as punitive as possible for 7 years. No one in Britain listened.
First they came for the Greeks.
Beware of the treachery of the EU, Britain. And your own politicians. It’s been an eye-opener to see just how similar Britain and Greece are turning out to be.