I find myself wondering what to say about Brexit. It’s been such a disaster over the past few years since the referendum, no matter which side you’re on. From the outset, it feels like the British people have been played proper by the political and mainstream media establishments.
And I did say, it doesn’t matter which side you’re on, at least in this respect. Everything from that bus, offering how many millions for the NHS after Brexit? To endless media scaremongering about the potential disaster of a no deal brexit. In between it all, a Prime Minister, Theresa May at the time of course, who did everything possible to sell a bad deal she knew would never get through parliament.
But try she did, again and again, knowing it would fail. Then came Boris Johnson, who actually wants to ‘get brexit done’ as he says, but there he is in the midst of an inept and largely ineffective political establishment whose only aim is to foil him at every turn. Not to mention he had no majority in parliament and plenty of opposition in his own ranks. In the meantime, the main opposition Labour party leadership has returned to 1970s socialism, the Liberal Democrats intend to ignore the referendum and cancel Article 50, and the SNP are potentially laughing all the way to independence for Scotland as the United Kingdom slowly disintegrates.
So, like I said at the beginning, I don’t know what to say about Brexit. I don’t know what to think about Brexit as half of what any politician says about anything is lies and the other half you can’t believe. And here we are at an upcoming General Election on 12th December and you and I are supposed to decide from that bunch, who is going to ‘A’ lead us out of Europe or not, according to their intention and ‘B’ actually run the country regardless. It’s important to remember that any second referendum would be effectively between different forms of remain, with any concept of a real Brexit effectively off the table.
So we’re left with a bunch of appalling choices no matter where our politics happen to lie. Whether you voted for or against Brexit in 2016, let me ask you this. Is there still a reasonable political ideological match for you to choose from and still get your wish on Brexit if your party gets in? Many people at this election are left in a quandary as they’ve voted one way all their lives and this Brexit mess has got them siding with who they previously thought of as the political enemy. If this isn’t the case for you and you’re happy with your vote, then I’m happy for you, truly. I know many of my friends here in Scotland are happy enough with their votes. Many are SNP voters who don’t want to leave the EU. I feel for those particularly in Northern Ireland, with the potential border issues there if Brexit goes ahead.
So no matter what side you’re on, there’s lots to be concerned about. There are some powerful implications either way and to be honest, the effect on the country of this polarisation of opinion hasn’t been good. Feelings are running high to a dangerous point and we all need to be really careful to remember that someone with a different point of view to ours isn’t a bad person because of it. We all have free will to choose for ourselves what we feel is right for our country and vote accordingly.
It’s important to remember that we all get one vote each and we need to respect the result of that vote whether it goes our way or not. Anything less endangers the fabric of the democratic system we all rely on. Then, once the vote is done, it would be good if we all take a moment to pay our respects to those who didn’t vote our way. Let’s not lose friends over this folks. It ain’t worth it!
Now a tarot card for Brexit. Well, I got two: the King of Wands and the Sun card. The King makes me think about leadership in particular and the real need for leadership at this time. Not just leadership by politicians, leadership by you and me and everyone. I feel like saying It’s going to be the people who lead us out of this mess one way or another and not necessarily a politician. Leadership can come in many forms and in this case, it comes from the heart of the country, as the need is there for us all to bring the political establishment back from where it currently is.
The Sun card is very positive but I feel like saying we need to work for that future to make it happen. If the political establishment can no longer be trusted, we need to hold them to account. If we don’t who will? This bright Sun shines down on us like a benevolent guide, basking us with positive light and reassurance of a much brighter future. But it also looks on us with a discernment that let’s us know that while he provides the light for our growth, it is only by our own effort that growth can ultimately happen.
I feel like saying there will be leadership finally, to bring us out of this Brexit mess. The end is in sight and it will be up to all of us to come together to support a solution when it arrives. The time will come when we all have to kiss and make up with those we disagree with. It’s going to be time for the people of this country to heal those wounds and move on with life.