The disinterest of Brexiteers over Britain’s future is surreal

The disinterest of Brexiteers over Britain’s future is surreal

by Jonathan Stanley
article from Monday 12, March, 2018

I'M FEELING a chill under my collar of late and am becoming very uneasy about the state of the Conservative Party. It's worrying how little positivity has come from Brexiteers of late. They seem to be, as someone once said, wading against the flow of treacle pouring out of Westminster and Whitehall. Sickly sweet, viscous and very dark. We are slowly drifting back into the sphere of Brussels and Berlin.

Slowly the grey, dull, mediocrity that bores into the party is pulling us to an unambitious deal with Brussels for sheer want of imagination to deal better. Less than two years ago this realm was on fire. It burned with a desire for change, a new start, a new future, where we could shape our own destiny.

Now look on the new intake of MPs up here. The scent of damp cardboard, dripping wet civility and above a sense that the great majority of them have no enthusiasm for the Brexit that won them their seats whatsoever. Make no mistake. Those of us in Scotland who voted leave then voted Tory because we were told oh so clearly that Brexit meant...well, you know the rest. I can't say many from England are better. 

Boris has made a few noises, though without any real discipline or strategy, thus the bold claims of Vote Leave are in danger of sounding permanently like soundbites. Not one cabinet minister has seriously articulated a vision. Instead they have allowed the Maybot to list, as she often does, unimaginative tomes of still being European, of not diverging, and delivering the softest Brexit possible. The danger of painful victory is that one is discarded rapidly once the war is over.

May is no Churchill and Corbyn needn't be Attlee to sling her and her Mayism into the skip. That even now the support of her Scottish MPs is conditional on what they deem acceptable sounds ominous. It will not be forgiven by an electorate that is overwhelmingly English.

Allow me to digress just a bit as I'm becoming sentimental. I turned 36 yesterday and spent the Sunday reading on my balcony in Ixelles, alternating between Rodenbach and café a la Russe before the weather turned. As the rain rattled the roof like a snare drum I realised I hadn't read anything on Brexit all day. Worse I hadn't heard much about Brexit for the last week really. 

In the European Parliament where I work life goes on. Often in very fruitless ways but nonetheless the world has not stopped turning. While our government is bogged down with minutia the EU continues its varied initiatives. There are those angry with the EU here, who think Brexit could be stopped with various concessions. Others are genuinely heartbroken we are leaving and are resigned to us not being part of their vision. They do, however, have a vision. While its economy has slowed it is still powerful and its political evangelists never grow tired. Which rather puts our lot back in Blighty to shame.

For a mess of potage of a few Cabinet posts our Brexit champions really have run out of steam. It is surreal that a party apparently tearing itself apart has so little vision offered by Brexiteers. The Remainers never had vision, maybe this is what they mean then by “unity”.

The Tory party has entered the realm of the surreal by rejecting a positive, conservative, low tax, deregulated Singapore style future. What is then on offer? More of the same thin gruel of high immigration, low growth centrist babble.  We rail against plastic straws in the sea when no such problem comes from these islands. Eighty-six per cent of plastic found in the ocean comes from Asia; Europe contributes less than one per cent. 

When not listening to tub-thumping anti-SNP, anti-Corbyn or set piece keynote Brexit speeches we must endure never-ending gender-bending LGBTX-pedalidocious claptrap and pump money into a housing market that has swallowed every dime and nickel this country could spare for the last twenty years. 

As Rene Magritte would say, "This is not Brexit and this is not a Conservative Party"

The problem is very simple. It is this. Corbyn has a vision. He never stops shouting about it and if we carry on this God-awfully dull deceitful dilution of the referendum result he's going to win by a landslide!

The Tory Party is quick to forget how quickly UKIP ripped the heart out of its core vote. They may find the next challenger is far more effective.

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