THIS WRECKAGE

CameronWell, the fallout is proving to be somewhat chaotic, if predictable. The overindulged generation to whom nobody (least of all their helicopter parents) has ever said ‘no’ have already started up another of their tedious petitions to demand a second Referendum because they find it impossible to accept the majority disagreed with them; Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she’s preparing the ground for a second Independence campaign; Jeremy Corbyn has declared he will fight any challenge from within his own party, seemingly oblivious to the impending catastrophe awaiting Labour should the autumn see a General Election with him in charge; the metropolitan politicians who have received a resounding kick in the goolies still can’t understand why their groins are smarting as they continue to sneer at the voters who abandoned them; the Brexit frontrunners are keen to keep the celebratory festivities going because it serves as a convenient distraction from the fact that they have no idea what they’re supposed to do next; promises of billions raining down on the NHS have quietly been removed from the winning speeches; and furious Remain Conservatives are planning to spike the Tory leadership race by casting Boris Johnson in the Michael Heseltine role, wielding the dagger without a cast-iron guarantee of the crown.

David Cameron’s swift announcement of his resignation ironically mirrored that of Gordon Brown’s in 2010, staged exactly the same way – from the same podium in the same location to the simpering countenance of the missus by his side. It was deliberately timed to catch Boris off-guard, and Dave’s intention to see out the summer at No.10 in the manner of an impotent US President at the end of his second term gives him the opportunity to plot against his expected successor before the 1922 Committee kick-starts proceedings. With the SNP intending to exploit the chaos just as we all knew they would, Cameron could well go down in history as the PM who lost both Europe and Scotland, ranked alongside Lord North (the predecessor who presided over the loss of America in 1783) in an unenviable pantheon of failure. If he can salvage anything from the wreckage, it is to sabotage the succession of the man who has dogged his political career.

One notable absentee from the spotlight since Thursday is the man who could also take some blame for Dave’s downfall, his campaign co-ordinator and ill-advised adviser on tactics, George Osborne. If Cameron is toast, then Gideon is charcoal. The Chancellor’s rightly-derided threat of an austerity budget as punishment for a Leave vote was the last desperate bullet of a man whose barrel is now well and truly empty. If he had any semblance of a conscience, he would go immediately; but, of course, he doesn’t and he won’t. He knows now that the slim hopes of him moving in next-door are completely trashed, so he seems determined to hang on as a caretaker Chancellor in an act of petulant revenge on the party – and country – that rejected his vision.

In normal circumstances, a Prime Minister resigning barely a year into winning a General Election would be the lead story on everybody’s lips; but so dramatic have the last 48 hours been that even this ordinarily top-of-the-bill development seems to have been relegated to B-picture status in the overall scheme of things. I guessed this would happen if the vote went against Cameron, but it still seems surreal that it actually is happening, perhaps because I didn’t really believe we would take the Brexit route. Even on social media, news of Cameron’s imminent departure has been received with a surprising lack of euphoria, particularly by those who have spent the past six years demanding it. Indeed, it must be difficult for the left-leaning anti-Cameron networkers to know how to react, finally getting what they wanted but getting it as a side-effect of everything they didn’t want.

Giles Coren, a man who got where he is not through his own endeavours but through the name and standing of his late father Alan, takes an astonishingly vicious swipe at ‘old people’ in his Times column today, one that smacks of a sullen adolescent blaming his parents for his own failings. ‘The wrinkly bastards stitched us young ‘uns up good and proper on Thursday,’ he writes. ‘From their stairlifts and their zimmer frames, their electric recliner beds and their walk-in baths, they reached out with their wizened old writing hands to make their wobbly crosses and screwed their children’s and their children’s children for a thousand generations.’ The sour grapes whining of a wealthy London-centric celebrity whose presence in Fleet Street is due entirely to nepotism via one of those ‘wrinkly bastards’ is indicative of the Remain cheerleaders’ narcissistic inability to fathom why their fame didn’t swing it.

There are a lot of angry people in Britain right now, not just in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but England too. The yoof are especially incensed because their experience of the democratic process is limited. The fact that voting in any form won’t necessarily ensure the outcome one voted for is something that doesn’t appear to have registered with them and they’re looking for someone to blame. If that means blaming all ‘old people’ or labelling everyone who opted for the contrary position to them as racists, we shouldn’t really be surprised. What makes this remarkable moment in the country’s history equally compelling and frightening is the absence of precedence and the lack of a roadmap laying down the destination of the nation; but the Millennials like everything neatly pre-prepared and packaged, like an app that will tell them what to do. All is up in the air and all is uncertain; and nobody knows what comes next.

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9 thoughts on “THIS WRECKAGE

  1. The million-plus puerile petitioners for a referendum re-run need to grow up fast, it wasn’t a ‘best of three’, you can’t always get what you want. You lost, get over it, move on.

    What happens now is simple – it’s an old management technique, known under the abbreviation JDI – “Just do it”.

    All those politicians, of both Remain and Leave varieties, to whom we pay substantial sums and surround with armies of very well-paid (and pensioned) civil servants and advisors have check their job specification and to get on with it. That job spec is very succinct and says “Carry out the will of the electorate” – simple. The will of the electorate, as demonstrably expressed on Thursday, was to leave the EU, now just do it.

    If they have a problem with that, the next and more powerful management technique in the lexicon is abbreviated to JFDI. From experience, that one usually works.

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    1. But your god BoJo said a 52/48 Remain victory would not be sufficient. Would you have told him to grow up fast (too fucking late, mate)? Be gracious for god’s sake.

      I’ve been out in London tonight, talking to complete strangers. NO ONE voted to leave. Everyone was shocked, but everyone accepted it.

      You won. Just be nice.

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  2. “The overindulged generation to whom nobody (least of all their helicopter parents) has ever said ‘no’ have already started up another of their tedious petitions to demand a second Referendum because they find it impossible to accept the majority disagreed with them.” Brilliantly observed, Petunia. I heard someone banging on in the same terms this morning on the Radio 5 phone in. He was a primary school teacher. His view was, in essence, very simple. Old People had voted in a way he didn’t like or want, and they should be stopped from doing that. Judging from his tone and demeanour, which was incandescent with vitriol and fury – really quite ugly – I should imagine he was willing to sanction force to make sure that didn’t happen. I rather got the impression that he would quite like people to be “retired” by agents of the state, en masse, at a certain (unspecified) age.
    All of which made me, somewhat instinctively, to feel that he was most unsuited to be a teacher of anyone, of anything.
    Leaving aside the dynamics of the politics of who is “right”, or “wrong”, the problem with that position is obvious; time is relentless and unstoppable, and you, too, dear teacher, will one day be old. And your views will have changed (well, he sounded to stupid to permit that, actually) and you too will view the world in a different way to the people 40 years your junior.
    The Coren argument (and I loath the man, he seems really arrogant and nasty) sums it up: like a ghastly fat child, screaming in the street because his mother won’t give him another packet of sweets. And also it signifies the stupidity and ignorance of the generation he represents: one which is busily trying to suppress 3,000 years of work to build a world with free speech and law, in favour of “Safe Spaces”.
    As I see it, in many cultures and civilisations, it is the old who are venerated for their wisdom, that having been acquired through long years of experience, folly, love and loss, and just having been there and got the t-shirt. So the argument should be the other way round: surely it is “the young” who should be prevented from voting? I think nobody below the age of 50 for a start.
    Another aspect to this is, indeed, political. There are many good things about the EU. But my greatest problem with the EU is its remorselessly undemocratic tendency. It is run by people who think they know best. The state of the Euro and the general economic malaise would seem to indicate otherwise, but there you go. Their attitude to democracy in action, which can be a messy affair, is: if you do have to vote, well all right, but if you get it wrong, you will have to vote again until you get it right. And that is a very, very dangerous tendency.
    To return to Coren, actually he sort of missing the point. Leave won because there was a rebellion: a full on, white working class rebellion. So what he really should have said, and probably wanted to say is: I don’t want anyone who disagrees with me and my lifestyle to vote. And that, too, is a problem.

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    1. Coren’s piece actually gets worse as it goes on. I quoted one of the more ‘moderate’ passages. He more or less does indeed suggest there should be a cut-off point for voting, though he got it the wrong way round.

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  3. I am more than happy to express my anger and hatred towards Cameron. My one hope is that he is shortly called to appear before the UN to answer charges of crimes against humanity regarding his welfare policy changes that have lead to the deaths of thousands of disabled people in britain. He and his government have waged all out war against our most vulnerable people for 6 years – iit would be a crime if he gets away with murder

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    1. On July 6th, the Chilcott Report is finally due to appear. If, as a result of that, Tony Blair and Jack Straw manage to avoid prosecution and incarceration, then the chances of David Cameron facing any kind of tribunal to answer for his own actions in government would seem rather slim in relative terms.

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  4. It’s getting astonishing and in no small measure frightening. It seems to me that there is a significant minority of people in this country – about 2 to 3 million who say: it’s to be run our way, what we want is the be all and end all, and we don’t care about your right to vote. You either vote the way we say, or we ignore your vote. That’s going to end in tears. And in this fight, if it comes to what Rod Liddle so rudely refers to as the Metropolitan “tossers” and the plebs, I’d back the plebs. They have already given “the tossers” a pasting at the ballot box; I suspect they would be able to so in a more literal sense.

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    1. You’re right – after the Brexit win, I expected some shock, some disappointment, some disbelief and even some degree of anger, but the degree of headless-chicken-chaos amongst the politicos makes you seriously consider whether they’re really up to the job of following the voters’ instructions. It’s not hard & difficult, it was a simple message, now just get on with it.
      Any MPs who feel unable to follow that clear instruction would immediately resign their seats and stand again in by-elections to refresh their mandates from their constituents, if they had an ounce of integrity.

      I may be being charitable, but I’m interpreting the current silence from the senior Leave winners to mean that they’re spending every waking minute in non-smoke-filled rooms, putting together a comprehensive and professional strategy, starting on Monday, for how they see it all playing out from here. I may, of course, be crediting them with a tad too much professionalism, time will tell.

      Some toddler-tantrums from the losing Remain voters may not have been unexpected and, providing they receive no ‘sweeties’ or concessions, should die down once they move onto the next trending app. If not, it could get very ugly and, like you, I’d back the plebs against the tossers in a street-brawl, just hope it doesn’t come to that, as my scapping skills haven’t been used for some time and may be a little rusty.

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