Brexiteers say about the consequences of Brexit, “I don’t care, we voted for out and that’s what should happen”. I detect also that they know it’s the best way to annoy the establishment and all those politicians who have “messed up their lives”.
It started with picking on foreigners for taking our jobs and destroying our culture but morphed into finding a scapegoat for all our troubles. UKIP has piled up all their pet hates onto one handcart and labelled it Europe. The EU is not a perfect soul mate (it has its demons) but in the current world it’s far superior as a partner to all the rest. Our politicians should be telling us so.
Yet somehow, Vote Leave has succeeded in setting our people against each other in an unnecessary civil war. They have pulled off a mischievous stunt that has churned up anger and resentment against the EU. We are all victims now. Only our sense of good play will get us out of it.
The real culprit is a seismic shift in the world manufacturing power and our government’s inadequate solutions and poor decision making for dealing with it. Europe is in the same turmoil as the UK for the same reasons. It would be an intelligent move to work together and not fight each other. After Brexit many firms will shrink their business and return to Europe. Brexiteers will say “Good Riddance”. That is a mark of frustration, not logic. Vote Leave has exploited this frustration and pinned it on Europe.
So, my point is be careful what you wish for. The real battle is for fairness between the haves and have nots. Between London and the Regions. The real battle is with multinationals refusal to pay proportional taxes and the government’s feeble fight back. The failure to tackle housing, welfare, zero hour contracts, rogue entrepreneurs stealing company wealth and employees’ pension pots, then making them redundant. Add in the RBS banking scandal, the foolish decision on the bedroom tax, penny-pinching ruining the introduction of Universal Credit scheme, the irresponsible decision to pay rent directly to tenants rather than landlords and councils, and what you have is a rich seam of discontent ready for Vote Leave to exploit. Everyone is aware that the very rich are getting richer and everyone else poorer. So Vote Leave and Cambridge Analytica team up under the anarchic vision of Dominique Cummings to hunt down all the victims of all this mis-management and alley their grievances to their cause.
Our politicians are fighting to ameliorate a bad situation in the face of public anger on all sides. In my opinion, they should be trying to secure a holding position for the nation to re-establish its sanity. A move to stay in the customs union, eradicate the pain of the backstop and re-establish our industrial stability is the first goal. The conservative government has to finally bite the bullet and test the resolve of the ERG extreme nationalists holding it to ransom. It’s the demise of the ERG, the government or the country. Which one is for the trash can? If all goes horribly wrong it will be The People’s Vote that will be the decider. It will be successful if the campaign has a Strategy. I ask the question: what is it?
* Ken Griffin is a retired school-teacher, lecturer and factory manager.