Brexit breakdown continues

So Theresa May survives a vote of no confidence after her historic defeat last night in the Commons over her deal for leaving the EU. In short, the worst, most incompetent Westminster government in my lifetime remains because the worst, most incompetent official opposition has only started taking the fight to the Tories, and the DUP keep May afloat by scooping up large sums of budget while ensuring the Northern Irish government remains disassembled.

Where we stand now is that May will meet with Corbyn, Blackford and other party leaders in an attempt to hammer out a compromise. I feel it is my duty to remind people that the Scottish Government presented a compromise, and indeed, the basics of a plan back in December 2016 which was rejected sight unseen by the Tories.  There is also the fact that unless the UK drops some of its red lines the deal which was rejected is the best deal we’re getting, and we’re heading towards a no deal unless enough MP’s in the Tories and Labour join the fairly unanimous support for a second EU referendum from the other parties. However May won’t budge and Corbyn has a history of not once changing his mind politically so in short; we’re fucked.

Which is another good time to remind people of this.

So, just over two months til we leave. Good luck everyone and remember to stock up on tinned goods…

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Do we live in a terrible future dystopia?

The short answer is ‘yes’.  Works like Children of Men were meant to be fiction, not a roadmap for the future.

I think we can say recent government policy shows the UK is heading for a viciously anti-immigrant/asylum seeker policy dripping with racism, but this latest phase of British institutionalised racism goes back further and is even ingrained in British culture. This latest phase was riled up over a decade ago by the Tories when Michael Howard’s Tory Party ran an amazingly racist campaign in 2005, which was also thoroughly rejected by the electorate.

It didn’t help things that post-2005 politicians were less inclined to defend immigration and multiculturalism, so we end up with the Tories and Labour both chasing UKIP votes by swinging more and more right, which in doing so swung the political compass in England especially waaaay to the right.

And we come to Brexit which places the UK on the verge of a genuine dystopia where people will suffer because people hate the idea of immigrants. Also the idea that this is the fault of the working class (a line peddled by many on the right and left) is arguably, bollocks. Academic research shows in fact the white middle class were the midwives of Brexit. It does however suit the narrative of the far right, and left, to paint the working class as the culprit and the victim here.

So with less than 90 days we’re facing a no deal. Forget any fantasy bullshit from Tory or Labour the harsh legal reality is coming home to roost and the result of that is we’re on the verge of finishing the roadmap which started in the mid 2000s and enter this fucked up dystopia we’ve been building up to since then.

Brexit will kill people

I’ve said before as to how Brexit will kill you, and as he enter the last weeks before the UK leaves the UK, it becomes clearer that any form of Brexit is going to cause disruption. It already is, and people are losing jobs as companies scale back, or worse, go out of business. That isn’t even including those companies or even countries, that have scrapped plans to invest in the UK because of Brexit. Then there’s the fact immigrants no longer want to stay or come so the UK’s working population grows older, and we lose not just skilled staff & the taxes these people paid, but we lose friends, partners, lovers and fellow human beings chased out of a country which no longer welcomes them.

Which brings us to today. Brexit is becoming a hard reality for people now as this thread outlines.

There’s a young woman terrified of what may happen to her, and the chances of people quite seriously dying, or seeing their condition worsen to the level where they’re made invalid for example.  If you read the comments under the Tweets you’ll find Brexiters, from the right and the left, calling this ‘Project Fear’, or airily waving their hands saying they’ll be fine of course.

Truth is, unless you’ve managed to score yourself your own supply of drugs nobody is safe. Disrupt the ‘just in time’ supply chain with no plans to replace it and you’ll have shortages, plus the practical thing of actually getting drugs into a country which can’t process vehicles into its borders because Kent’s turned into a giant car park.

Of course all of this is still avoidable but neither Tory or Labour leadership have any intention of changing path from Brexit so unless by some shocking surprise May’s deal passes, we’re leaving theEU with no deal and the shit will hit the UK over the month of April, probably longer as it’ll take months, realistically years to even try to repair the damage. People are losing jobs now, and come leaving, lives will be lost.

So every single MP who voted for Article 50 to be invoked when the UK had no plan or idea of what it wanted out of an exit deal except it rejected the EU’s four freedoms, specifically freedom of movement.We’ve got to face the reality that at that moment the only deal available to us would have been an awful one, but we had no give in these negotiations. We weren’t prepared to compromise and with the EU making it very clear there’s no renegotiation of this, we’ve got to deal with the no deal that’s coming. And that’s why every MP who voted for Article 50 to be invoked, and every commentator cheering that on is going to have not just the wreckage of people’s lives on their hands, but blood. Fuck ‘the will of the people’ or ‘we were whipped’ or any other of the cowards answers. People voted for that knowing well it was an awful decision but abdicated their duty to protect their constituents

Remember, all of this is avoidable.All of this is insane. All of this is being forced upon people in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar who all voted against Brexit. All of this born in xenophobia and a weird form of British exceptionallism that sees England or a mythical form of Britain, ruling the world or being a major figure but there’s no empire left to ravage Seeing as we’ve shown we can’t be trusted, we’re not going to be ‘forging a new and special relationship’ with the world that especially benefits us.

With less than three months to go, we’re increasingly fucked. Things may change, but I doubt it so be prepared and be ready for what’s coming, and remember when the smoke clears to hold those people responsible to account for the damage they’ve done.

 

Good riddance 2018

The final hours of 2018 tick out slowly as we end a year where frankly, it feels like another notch on Armageddon’s bedpost.

Brexit has loomed over the UK like a mad knifeman, stabbing at us so we couldn’t deal with anything else like the by now, obviously insane, racist we have as a Prime Minister or the party of the undead she leads. Thanks though to a weak official opposition she’s been allowed to last as long as she has, but still, some people are seeing Brexit purely as an opportunity rather than the end of times for whatever was left which was decent about the UK or being British.

As for myself it’s been a year of one step forward, two steps back as I try to work out what to do post-cancer and while still trying to work out the world now I’m disabled thanks to the stroke.

So on that cheery note goodbye to 2018 You won’t be missed you bastard.

About the Guardian’s horribly sneery HMV article

The other day The Guardian printed an opinion piece by Penny Anderson about the death of HMV; an event which is going to cost over 2000 people their job. Anderson, a writer and artist (nope, not heard of her either til now) makes the case that the death of HMV means that smaller record shops can serve ‘true’ music fans as if the death of HMV means all those ‘real’ music fans can stop being held back.

This sneering pish can be summed up as well, sneering pish. Yes, HMV made huge mistakes and yes, they’ve failed to deal with the changing times, but to claim HMV was never about ‘true’ music fans speaks more about Anderson’s desperate urge to paint themselves as a hip, edgy outsider than a requiem for a business which in fact has been helping new music develop over the years.

I used to spent lots of time in HMV over the years and ever dabbled with the idea of applying to work there at one point in the 80’s.

HMV helped nurture me. Without it I’d have had the sketchier Virgin or the masses of indie shops which were great but utterly unforgiving in terms of customer service. I shopped there for decades til around four or five years ago I got a high speed internet connection and found I could stick all those DVD’s on external hard drives the size of a boxset DVD. Sure, I buy BluRay’s but physical media is something I buy less and less but I’ll miss the deals or the collectors items HMV used to produce and of course, I’m sorry for the thousands being laid off in uncertain times. I’m not going to be essentially a cunt celebrating it as a good thing for ‘real’ music fans.

But this is the Guardian of the 21st century where clickbait bullshit from wankers is their business model…