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Ambiguity, duplicity, hypocrisy – this is British politics now

Hello!

What a lovely time we’re all having. What charming chats. Such playful political bantz. Terrific raving, spittle-flecked tirades. Families broken asunder. A Christmas election. What a lovely… lovely time.

I wrote a thing about why politics is so shit these days.

As far as I can tell, it’s down to a breakdown of language – if no one can agree on the meaning of words, then no meaning can be gleaned from an argument. The futility of trying to debate this slippery eel is what frustrates us.

The word in question, of course, is “Brexit”, which exists in some kind of inter-dimensional phase space, enveloping contradictory co-ordinates in the minds of millions of people, simultaneously one thing while being absolutely not that particular thing at all, thank you very much.

What we need is a quantum Brexit that manages to sustain these impossible paradoxes – perhaps we can stay in the customs union, single market and retain freedom of movement, while simultaneously having blue passports, over-fished oceans and racism? I mean, it’s not ideal…

Anyway, I wrote about it here: link.medium.com/ZrbhInEsX1

A special note, though, on how ambiguity has led to duplicity and hypocrisy: we did not define Brexit, and that left it open to abuse. Lies – though challenged – went unpunished. And lies won the day. Consequently, deceit is now a mainstay of debate.

Meanwhile, we have politicians who declare their opinions emphatically, only to change them as their boss is replaced, and a new opinion must be adopted in order to secure a cabinet ministership. Theresa May, Nicky Morgan, Michael Gove, Matt Hancock; the list of gutless hypocrites goes on and on, one day professing this, the next professing the opposite. I hate it.

The state of it is depressing. So, please, just vote the Tories out, will you? They’ve given us nine years of a stagnant economy, rising in-work poverty, even more national debt, food banks, shocking homelessness, cruel cuts and now the poison pill of an unidentifiable Brexit that threatens the very fabric of our nation.

We deserve better than this. And so do our kids.

Peace.

(please read my piece: link.medium.com/ZrbhInEsX1 and click the clap button a lot if you have a Medium account!)

*Title photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash