THE LIES THAT BIND

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Ha ha .You’ve got to laugh .
All the cliches come true sometime .A week is a very long time in politics is a big one and had you been on holidays this past week or fortnight, clearing your mind, relaxing with the news switched off , you’d have arrived back to a very different world.The chaos meeting you might be overwhelming.Someone , in your absence, had completely ransacked your home and re-arranged all your furniture outside on the lawn. Thank the stars there’s always humour to be winkled out of the mess.As you sat on your retrieved ,pillaged sofa on the lawn with a light mizzle blowing down ,there’d be plenty of time to think and catch up.
Ex Lord Mayor of London, Boris Johnston, led the charge , galumping chaotically along like some latter-day Billy Bunter ,with his baby-faced ,scheming buddy Michael Gove, gunslinging by his side , to promote Brexit …the UK’s exit from the European Union.Somewhere in the shadows the unwholesome Nigel Farage of the UKIP party also continued to spread his loose lies and untruths about immigration, like some slack-jawed, boggling malcontented puppet which had escaped from a lost episode of “Thunderbirds” or “Lady Penelope” . It wasn’t that Boris actually wanted the result that he got , but he thought it would be the height of hijinks …a great huffing jape to place himself as the fallen hero of the hour when David Cameron’s campaign to stay in the EU won the day . Boris actually wanted to lose but instead was handed a victory. The furthest thing from his mind or his family was that voters would actually really vote to leave Europe. If they did , what the hell would anyone do? Nobody had a clue…not a bloody notion … and nobody wanted to think about any of that. Boris thought he’d look like the guy who rattled the cage for those who wanted to give the “foreign” EU a bloody nose and thus prepare him for a plum job as the new Prime Minister when the disillusioned populace next voted for a brand new leader. His sister Rachel told him he was an idiot, but she still loved him even as she cried salt -tears and pretended to herself that he wasn’t really her brother…well …every expert on the planet had told him he was an idiot already…..what was she going to tell her friends?
You can imagine his horror on the morning at breakfast-time when the vote came in and everyone in England except all those on his home-patch in London voted to leave . He must have choked on his toast and kippers. He certainly looked as though someone had walked across his grave. the very blood drained from his wan face .What was he to do now that the thing he’d pretended to wish for had actually come true? Whether he was ever a real candidate for PM of the UK was always something of a wonder anyway. I think many took the idea as something of a gag…possibly even Boris himself. In the event , his boss David Cameron dropped him into the ordure very quickly by promising to resign , if not immediately, very soon after his long Summer holidays. Cameron had no notion what the UK could do outside the EU so he was leaving it to those who pretended they knew already and he was going to let them stew in their own juices all summer while he exhaled loudly.
He was about to upset Boris’s summer holiday plans by handing him the stinking , poisonous chalice that he , Boris ,had presumably been grasping for. Suddenly Boris wasn’t so sure he wanted a taste of that after all and began to seriously worry about whether or not he had a political future of any sort , anymore.Cameron had stabbed him in the back and left him breathless…Well , what else could Cameron do ? What would anyone do in a similar situation?
For a while Boris was quiet, but then as the fear set in and the chattering classes flung their hands up in horror at the choices facing them, the demand arose for a new Prime Minister immediately. Somebody …any…(bloody)…body was needed right away to clean up this awful mess and give the people someone to blame . Boris’s old running buddy, Gove ,decided to throw his hat into the ring for the Big Job.What he planned to do with it was anybody’s guess , but the very idea was another knife in Boris’s back. Gove had only eyes for England anyway and to hell with the rest of the UK.They could take a running jump and would do what he said.
Until this point , the assumption has been that Boris was an ambitious fellow , brought up on privileges that most folk in the UK would never have shared.It makes you wonder why any working-man would vote for such a creature at all. He might have been personally a likeable enough fellow but did he know anything about “real life”?He was from old Tory stock and literally bred to assume some kind of political power over his lesser well-educated fellows ; of an elite, Eton -educated after all, he was always an ambitious cove. He’d risen as a clowning popular figure to be Mayor of London.People enjoyed his blustering antics because, I suppose, he appeared to be somewhat harmless in his broad humour, but beneath that fascade there was surely something of more substance? Did the humour hide a fine political mind or was the floppy dumb- blonde pose every bit as much a mask as Norma Jean’s alter ego Marilyn Monroe was for her ?
If it did hide a fine political brain , he’d miscalculated badly , because his London town was the same London that voted against him overwhelmingly to stay in the EU ,so you might imagine that all of his calculations were either for fun’s sake ….for a laugh…. for a pretence like some student caper….or he really believed that London would vote to exit the EU. I think the whole nationwide result was such a surprise to him, inured from the reality outside the capital ,that he was actually suffering from shock.The result has left Boris as something of a pathetic, damaged figure ,unfit to assume power of any kind, out- manoeuvered by “friends” close to him for years who had been one-step ahead unbeknownst to him. Then again , politics is not the kind of game where you ever really know who your real friends are.
In the end , as you sit on that apres -holiday damp sofa on your mizzling lawn , pondering the mess you’ve returned to , you might yet be facing a summer of revolution in a land divided so badly that it could easily fracture and a growing demand to overturn the decision of the people by a possibly desparate act of Parliament. The very limits of democracy have been exposed as bare and dangerous wires , sparking madly and suicidal, to boot. It’s looking to many that democracy only works when people fully understand the issues they are voting for and it is patently obvious that many do not and have made important choices which they might not have been best qualified to make.It might be an easier option to take a breather and encourage such a revolutionary idea ,than to actually carry through with the choice that an utterly confused, lied -to and manipulated public have made.
Either way, it looks like the end of several political careers.

23 Responses to THE LIES THAT BIND

  1. PF July 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    “It’s looking to many that democracy only works when people fully understand the issues they are voting for and it is patently obvious that many do not and have made important choices which they might not have been best qualified to make.It might be an easier option to take a breather and encourage such a revolutionary idea ,than to actually carry through with the choice that an utterly confused, lied -to and manipulated public have made.”

    While I am very much of the opinion that a (Presbyterian) two-thirds consensus approach is often best in such, if not most, matters, I, frankly, am appalled at the continued implication that those who vote do not know what they are voting for.

    • billy July 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

      exactly..the vote was will the (uk) stay or leave the eu.it couldnt be put much more plain than that imo.

    • paddykool July 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

      Many don’t know what they are voting for PF. Why is that such a surprise?Many don’t know how an engine works either , how evolution operates or what quantum theory is…. but they’ll have an opinion on that too, right or wrong.

      • PF July 2, 2016 at 10:21 am #

        Paddykool

        “Many don’t know what they are voting for PF.”

        It was a simple enough question, and required a response which might have be taken for any number of legitimate reasons. Disagreeing with people’s reasons isn’t the same as them not knowing.

        Beyond that, it very much looks like you’re saying more than that (emphasis mine):

        “It’s looking to many that *democracy only works* when people *fully understand* the issues they are voting for and it is patently obvious that many do not and have made important choices which they *might not have been best qualified* to make.It might be an easier option to take a breather and *encourage such a revolutionary idea* ,than to actually carry through with the choice that an utterly confused, *lied -to and manipulated public have made*.”

        When you call for such, you put an elected Parliament in the place of the tyrannical King it was set up to protect us from.

        And when you discourage democracy on the basis that some (and only some) know best – then you disenfranchise and demean others.

        The centre-left-liberal lobby isn’t sounding very democratic at the moment, and neither are many Irish Republicans, and that is, as I keep saying on this blog, a very odd thing.

  2. fiosrach July 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    if you want a real laugh go to facebook/ officialprotestantcoalition/videos/ 107961498790947/ and check out Willie Frazer’s take on the referendum. When you have laughed, realize that is what most unionists here believe and they use Willie as they used Jamie as their ventriloquist’s dummy.

    • paddykool July 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

      Is that link stil working, fiosrach?

      • fiosrach July 2, 2016 at 10:08 am #

        Just facebook protestantcoalition, harry

        • paddykool July 2, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

          I finally got around to wasting a few minutes of my precious time on the videos you mentioned, fiosrach …i lasted a few moments until I reeled at the idea of living inside such a demented head….reeling with Paul Simon’s words …” a cartoon inside a cartoon graveyard” …thundering in my ears !…what an awful damaged mind to have to live with….

    • PF July 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

      “most unionists”

      Have you any data to substantiate your claim, fiosrach?

      • fiosrach July 2, 2016 at 10:09 am #

        Half a century of living among them, PF

        • PF July 2, 2016 at 10:22 am #

          Have you any data to substantiate your claim, fiosrach?

          • fiosrach July 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

            My dictionary says that data is information collected. Just because it didn’t come from Stormont or the Belfast Telegraph doesn’t negate its value. Have you evidence to the contrary? The votes of the DUP would add weight to my statement along with 50 years of discrimination followed by prorogation.

          • PF July 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

            So it’s only your opinion?

        • giordanobruno July 2, 2016 at 10:46 am #

          fiosrach
          Made up evidence-even better than real evidence because it does exactly what you want it to!

          • fiosrach July 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

            Obviously the sovereign parliament of the UK, sitting in London, agrees with me. Yous ones are not fit to run a ‘country’ and yous won’t get your county council back until you agree to share power. We are also removing the RUC and B specials – that is the A and B special constabulary and we are introducing fair employment laws. Seems somebody detected un-British behaviour in the colony, what?

  3. billy July 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    either way,it looks like the end of several political careers…is that not a good thing.your always on here encouraging people to vote and now when they come out in big numbers and vote and it doesnt suit you want to scrub their vote i cant make sense of it.

    • paddykool July 1, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

      Voting in something like this referendum isn’t on the same scale as voting for individual politicians. I just think a lot of people will be happy or sad with the result believing in their guts rather than their intellect(!) but there’s no getting past the fact that they’ve been lied to and misinformed about significant details and those politicians who did the lying are now slipping away to the shadows. now we know that the Brexiteers have no plans whatsoever and are scrambling for any lifeboat.

      • billy July 1, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

        all politicians lie its part of the job,the brexiteers are hardly going to broadcast their plans on social media a week after the vote and everybody knows that.do you accept the vote,as for your quip about boats we know who will be getting the boat and it wont be the brexiteers.

        • Jim Lynch July 2, 2016 at 10:43 am #

          Q; “How do you know when a politician is lying ?”

          A; “When his/her lips are moving.”

          • paddykool July 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

            Ah …yes…Jim hee hee!

        • paddykool July 2, 2016 at 11:40 am #

          Oh yes , billy , I have to accept the vote now. That doesn’t mean I think it was a wise one, or otherwise.As for politicians lying.Yes you are right…. in many cases politicians tells lies or fuzzy untruths which they can hide behind later …which is why it pays to take what they say with a pinch of salt and a degree of cynicism. In this case there were actual lies like the £350 million that was going to be paid back into the Health Service .There were the lies about immigration and immigrants being totally responsible for taking”our” jobs. There were the lies that there would be no real prices to pay as if your taxes wouldn’t rise or as if the economy could function without immigrants. There were lies that jobs would be saved without a price having to be paid. They lied that free access to the European single markets and immigration controls were in their gift when they are not.You can’t have one without the other and you certainly can’t negotiate anything when your outside the tent or prering for the long exit while the UK thrashes about without a viable leader or a viable idea.They didn’t tell the public that If you want full access to the single market, you have to pay the EU anyway and you’ll not be in a position to negotiate the price either.. .

          So you reckon those who voted for an exit also factored in that same degree of cynicism , then?….believing that half of what they were being told wasn’t true? You reckon they expect to be manipulated anyway and just get on with it? I think that in my own cynical way in many cases there was no deep thought about any of this on many voters’ lips… as there is little deep thought about many things other than sex or football . In many cases it was a simple thing like casual racism over immigration that drove them to vote “leave” and they never bothered with the small print , leaving it to cynical politicians to steer a course for them.

  4. paddykool July 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    That should be ….”when you’re outside the tent or preparing”….and not “when your outside the tent or prering “….ooops !

  5. ben madigan July 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    whether the public were mis-informed or not – the English majority has decided to leave the EU, with no thought of the implications for Scotland or Northern ireland and paying no heed to about the different constitutional issues.
    https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/post-brexit-bye-bye-uk/

    They may have voted because of immigration, increasing privatization of the NHS, kicking back at Tory de-industrialization and years of austerity, worries about “sovreignty ” or law-making in the EU. Whatever

    The EU seems determined to act on the vote – calling the UK to hurry up and get on with things. The UK govt seems determined to kick Article 50 into the very long grass. It will in any case be at least a 2 year process –

    Plenty of time for Scotland and N.Ireland to get their very own exits from the UK set up before the official Brexit day

    https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/after-brexit-never-a-dull-moment/