I am on the river at last and Lady Lucy is in good shape for her five day Henley escapade.
I had thought that escaping to Hurley and the Thames to have put behind me the tension from the referendum, but this weekend , tales of goings on between Corbyn and his cabinet, the antics of Nicola Sturgeon and the burgeoning of a petition against the result of the referendum have invaded my rural idyll
But it cannot be, the nation has decided to continue the blame game as it wakes up to question “what the hell do we do now?”. It is very simple, we make the best of a bad job .
What we do not do is put the boot into each other. The grim reality is that we will need politicians to work together with each other and for politicians to respect the will of the people
- The people spoke in Scotland, they spoke for continued integration between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
- The people spoke in the EU referendum and voted to leave the EU
- The Labour party members spoke for Corbyn in record numbers.
It would seem that none of these votes have validity so we have a “probability” that Scotland will renegotiate unilaterally ( possibly after a further referendum on independence. A petition has gained nearly 3m signatures calling for another go at the vote while half Corbyn’s cabinet has resigned because they don’t like the style of their leader.
Everybody seems to be at fault but most of all the people who failed to vote the right way. But these people did not demand the choice they got, they had political decision making thrust upon them by politicians who were keener to sort out internal differences than govern the country.
Decent chap that Cameron is, he has gambled on the malleability of the electorate, on the power of fear and the invincibility of the Tory elite. Cameron gambled and lost and he now has 90 days to do what he can to limit our losses. For he gambled with our chips and is in every sense of the word – bankrupt.
There is no exit strategy.
If we are looking for help from the leavers, then we are in trouble. Boris Johnson is a menace with his grand gestures. He has not got a clue about how ordinary people go about their business, he is out of touch and out of ideas. His gestures are empty.
But if we look beyond our country’s boundaries, there are many who can help. Angela Merkel is not a menace, she is a considered person who is asking for time to get matters sorted. Unlike the fools in Brussels who wish to see the back of Britain tomorrow, she is guided with her head not her heart. Like Cameron, she is buying time so that a solution can emerge.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Leavers have no plan on how to implement Brexit and that the resource needed to renegotiate legal agreements around the world is way beyond us.
Merkel knows that the EU is working as an enormously sophisticate unit. It is alarming that nothing was said about the effectiveness of the EU as a trading block and that Farage and Co were able to peddle the argument that Brussels/Strasburg are inefficient without challenge.
You don’t ever know what you had till it’s lost, but it is becoming very clear to Britain that we simply don’t have a Plan B to replace what we have just tossed aside.
Where there is hope
Hope springs eternal. The Liberal party has at last found a reason to exist and has decided to become a single issue lobbyist for a new European settlement.
Merkel and Cameron are still talking.
I feel our best hope as a nation is to have an emergency Government to manage this calamitous situation which is organised not on party lines, not as a pillage site for the leavers , but as a team of the best and steadiest minds from both sides of the argument, overseen by David Cameron.
There is hope in strong leadership but there is no hope in the anarchy that is happening today.
If we can maintain some sense of the coalition that worked well for the five years of the last Government , we might have more balanced Government. If we give in to the Goths and Vandals, we may descend into the political equivalent of the dark ages.