Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Arrival of the May Queen




Back just in time to witness the 'Kissing of Hands' ritual at Buckingham Palace, signalling the passing of King David (Cameron) and ushering in the reign of the May Queen (Theresa).

And did I just hear her say outside No 10 that social justice means that if you are black you should not be treated more harshly by the criminal justice system’? Wow. Really? Let’s see how she intends to tackle that one.


The psychodrama in British politics played out in full view of the whole world since June 24th has been reviting.That was the day the nation tried to absorb the shock that Britain had said NO to the divine right of bureaucrats in Brussels. It decapitated one Prime Minister and demolished Her Majesty’s Opposition, a humpty dumpty in a fateful struggle to survive.


I voted reluctantly with REMAINERS; my heart was simply not in it. But the death of Jo Cox, MP[1] forced me out of the door and into the polling booth.

I was shocked at the final result but not terribly surprised. It came about through an unholy alliance between the Tory Right and the working class communities up and down the country who mostly voted Labour. It resulted in an outbreak of xenophobic and racist outpouring.


The two aspects of the OUT vote ‘want their country back’ whatever that means.  As the child of economic migrants who came to this country by invitation over 50 years ago to help the country get back on its feet in the post war era, and also to do the ‘shit’ work that the natives didn’t want to do, is this my country too? Apparently not to some.


The LEAVERS want their country back because there are too many immigrants here and no end to their arrival. The homeland has become an alien place. A NO apparently supposed to trigger the immediate return of all immigrants from whence they came, with (for some unknown reason) the Poles first in line, followed by everyone else. Others believed there will be an immediate cessation of new arrivals. 

This is the first Big Con that the Tory Right has played on the working classes whom they urged to take back control (of their country). The former know well that full access to the European single market requires freedom of movement; that Eastern Europeans and others including high skill workers are essential to the British economy and essential institutions like the NHS.  

But life is different today for Brits, those undesirable jobs are scarce, life is dominated by zero hour contracts when you can get it, and the benefits regime has become more stringent.When will the benefits from Brexit show up in people's paypackets; will greater sovereignty fix the NHS, education system and provide more social care?


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