Category: politics

FALL 2018

It’s Autumn.
September has come and gone. We’re rushing up on samhain, that cusp between light and darkness, when the spirit time becomes longer and peril reaches into our lives. Life is OK, my love is strong, and the general effort of trying to remove the major chords from my music making is almost getting there. My nephew’s predilection for obscure computer tunes is possibly having an influence.

But things aren’t great in the world. The British exit from the EU is one case. That it will be decided by the one political group that refused to countenance peace in the north of Ireland, the DUP, is terrifying but inevitable when you look at how the government of the UK has tumbled in the last two years. Theresa May is the fall guy – whoever told her to come out dancing at the conference was a subscriber to some dark 4Chan shit. Johnson, Gove, Rees-Mogg and Davis are simply posh cunts you wouldn’t trust to look after your mower let alone provide any care for your family.

Why am I so worried? Because they have no idea what they’re doing or what is going to happen. The UK government notices of advice are suggesting companies with headquarters outside the UK contact the governments abroad for legal advice – and that maybe they should consider incorporating in those countries before the exit. The overall message is clear – don’t seek advice from the UK government.

"Negotiations are progressing well..." How things change.

“A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.” September 2018.

These notices, published a month ago, are also woefully out of date. In September we were told “A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome” and “Negotiations are progressing well…”! This is obviously outdated, and while the passport situation, especially with Ireland, isn’t currently terrible, the page itself shows how much nonsense and falsehood this whole procedure is constructed of.

The “Brexit” vote highlighted a few interesting things in the UK, beyond the stupidity and hunger of politicians. The power of the media to shape people’s views of reality was especially interesting – Boris Johnson’s nonsensical attacks on the EU over the past decade in the press shaped a lot of non-telegraph readers’ views on it, the effect of Russia Today providing an unofficial lectern for certain far right figures to push anti-immigration views was also curious. For UK readers, you may have noticed the number of RT video articles spreading around through Facebook has substantially decreased since 2017.

If there are any Leave voters reading this, I’d be grateful if you could reach out to me and explain what’s going on, preferably via Twitter. Because when you voted Leave, were you aware that you were voting to end the Belfast Agreement and allow a party not involved in its negotiation to put the peace accord in jeopardy? And if you answer yes to that, how did you foresee the future so fucking well, a year before May had to rely on 10 MPs from Northern Ireland to give the Conservatives power?

So, when we return to the brightness, the sunshine and soft rain in springtime, the world will have changed again. The United States will have voted again, the European Union, designed to maintain peace across the continent, will have lost one of its founding nations, NATO will be weakened further and hopefully aliens will have set up home in each of our brains removing the ability to be cynical cunts.

Until then, peace X.