As the economic and political situation in the UK becomes increasingly murky, I was struggling to find a good analogy for Brexit this morning. It is now only the rabid angry types on radio shows and Question Time who still think that torpedoing the economy to make Britain great again, is a good idea.
The best I could come up with is that it is like giving away your nice Mercedes SLK, then spending the next two years trying to cobble enough cash together to buy an Austin Montego. Another analogy that is not mine, but probably better if I am honest, is that Brexit is like cancelling your snooker club membership, then going back a week later and asking if you can come in for free.
At the moment, both the political parties are following the same line of ‘Brexit meaning Brexit‘, which is a source of disappointment to those who voted Labour the other week in the hope that Jeremy Corbyn will reverse this farce and try to bring some stability back with an all encompassing and forward thinking social and economic ideology.
However, it would be a brave move that could potentially unite the Conservatives who detest each other nearly as much as the opposition and reinvigorate UKIP who are as it stands, a washed force without a sensible ideology. They are on a life support machine and a rash Labour anti-Brexit announcement could offer them a miracle cure.
So, there was understandable anger amongst some that Corbyn sacked the front benchers who voted for Britain to remain within the customs union and single market. After all, surely it makes sense to attempt to stay within the Union as much as possible?
Corbyn has more strength now than ever, so in a way he had no option but to clear the decks whilst he is strong. What intrigues me is what happens next because I have read from more than one political observer that Corbyn may well be playing the long game and waiting for the Tories to implode, as they inevitably will.
When the Tories laughed at shutting down the motion to end public sector pay freezes the other day, it was like they just wanted to get it all over and done with and end it now rather than later when it is a lot worse. It kind of reminds me of when I had a hernia operation.
“We can do it today Mr Lethaby, or you can go on your golf trip and come back in a years time when it is strangulated and you have blood poisoning”.
“Best you crack on and get it out of the way then Doc!”
So, are Labour gambling that when the public see the disaster unfolding, they can be the knights in shining armour who clear it all up and withdraw Britain from the madness?
That’s a risky hand to play but when you think about it, it is not as risky as announcing that Labour are suddenly the anti-Brexit party. As much as I would like that, not enough damage has been done by Brexit yet and there is still a load of all this ‘Will of the People’ shite flying around. However, opinion polls, even in the right wing rags like The Mail, are showing that the referendum electorate are starting to panic about the consequences of what they have done.
A lot of my friends are frustrated that they have voted for Labour only to see Corbyn virtually mirroring the Conservative Brexit ideology. However, if you think about, they probably are better off playing the longer game by watching the Tories collapse in chaos. If that is the case, in many ways a narrow defeat suited Labour, as they can now play the part of a witness who knows who is to blame when the car crash happens.
One of the best pieces I read was published a couple of weeks ago (below). If it is correct in its thought process, it offers a fascinating insight into Labour Party thinking and I particularly like the ending where the author quotes Napoleon.
“Never interrupt the enemy when they are making a mistake.”
Of course, all this may just be one theory amongst many but at least it is a legitimate one.
Have a great weekend.