We Won

I was recently “put in my place” on Facebook by a “true patriot”. The term I would have used is flag wanker. You can pretty much imagine the profile I clicked through to – Union Jack’s, poppies, and a whole barrage of incorrectly used apostrophes.

Below is an example of the typical post I was seeing, obviously without my improvements.

Flag Wanking in the Extreme

Gammonus Extremus told me quite proudly that remainers lost and leavers won.

Except that actually nobody won.

His type probably shouted from the rooftops “NO DEAL LETS GO WTO” as if WTO is an exclusive club we need to be a part of. I suspect he had no concept of what WTO actually means and the magnitude of the tariffs we would be subject to.

Think of it as more of a graveyard of dysfunctional countries with governments so corrupt that nobody wants a trade deal with them. Now I’m aware that lot of evolving nations spend time trading on WTO terms, but nations with any sense try to form trading organisations to improve their buying power and the sensible ones have deals with their immediate neighbours.

So I asked him what he had won. Not we, he. How Brexit had personally made his life better.

He went off on a rant about taking back control of our borders.

I stopped him and said “not US, how has leaving the EU enriched your life?”

Again, he continued to rant about control of our fish; our waters; and all other things flag wankery.

Again I had to say, “That’s US, I mean you, personally, as a subhuman”. (I did say subhuman, but I don’t think he read or comprehended what I actually put).

Again, we’ve taken back control. No tangible benefit.

This was my final response:

“As a service engineer, some of my parts come from within the EU, some are sourced from elsewhere in the world – a country with whom the EU has a good trade deal. I install these parts in pubs. These parts have just gone up in price by 14% – an increase I have had to pass on. Therefore the pubs, and ultimately the breweries face increased costs – and my tiny increase is the tip of the iceberg. The brewery will therefore have to increase the price of beer by around 14%. Yes, even Wetherspoons. “

He blocked me.

That, my friends and followers, demonstrates that the biggest foghorns know Jack shit about anything to do with Brexit or how it will impact their dreary xenophobic lives.

Our Democratic Representation.

The UK is supposedly a Democracy. Allegedly we all have an equal voice, and we are all represented in Parliament by our elected MP’s who are put there by a system called “First Past the Post”. Now that bit is grossly unfair as it gives huge weight to large parties and yet a smaller party could conceivably get 25% of the overall vote and yet get no representation at all in Parliament.

But this isn’t a rant about PR and FPTP. This is about a cunt who has been placed into the seat of ultimate power in this country by the nature of the whim of just 100,000 people. The Conservative Party Membership. A group of mostly males, mostly over 55, mostly fairly right wing. So of course, they put Boris Johnson into the hot seat beause he’s very right wing.

Now Boris has come along after just a few weeks in the job and decided to Prorogue parliament; essentially shutting it down.

For the first time in my life this morning therefore, I protested. Along with a few thousand others.

Whilst I am a staunch remainer, I can understand that almost split vote could be taken in a number of ways – including Leave the EU with a deal, but forcing us nationally down the most hard right path and then shutting down parliament to prevent discussion is an affront to Democracy. Regardless of how this matter turns out, allowing this shutdown to happen is a dangerous precedent towards becoming a dictatorship and anyone who doesn’t understand this (most of whom support him because they’re quite frankly racists) really needs their head examining.

So I protested and I chanted. Any PM who presides over his throne whilst the public protest is living in dangerous times. I can only forsee it getting worse for him – I believe we are heading towards a general strike and that will financially cripple the country.