A good day’s work

saltire_eu“With ambition and pragmatism and energy on all sides, we can get there in October,” says Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. For which we should read that it’ll all work out fine so long as others are prepared to pander to British exceptionalism, accommodate the UK Government’s incompetence and accede to impossible demands which demonstrate only that the British political elite doesn’t comprehend either the EU’s position or their own situation.

The implication is that, while the British side is working hard, being realistic and bringing innovative ideas to the process, Michel Barnier and his team are being lackadaisical, unhelpful and obdurate.

But that was always going to be the spin. In the entire Brexit process the UK Government’s approach has been concerned less with ultimate outcomes and more with the eventual apportioning of credit and blame. It’s not about what the final ‘deal’ actually is. It’s about how it can be made to appear to the relatively tiny number of English voters who decide elections in this Great British Demockracy. And, of course, how it can be painted and polished to look like it’s what is being demanded by the snarling factions within the British Conservative & Unionist Party. A title which looks more and more grotesquely ironic by the day.

The problem is much the same for British Labour. As in all things, they must differentiate themselves sufficiently from the other British establishment party to maintain the illusion of real parliamentary opposition and meaningful electoral choice whilst appealing to the same small section of the electorate. This perennial problem now featuring the added dilemma of which Tory faction they should be differentiating themselves from.

What the British parties have in common is the idea that Brexit is a presentational problem. If the two sides – by which I mean the UK and EU negotiating teams and not the Tory party factions – appear to be talking about different things it’s because they are. Michel Barnier and his team are concerned with the practicalities of the UK quitting the EU. Dominic Raab and the sack of fractious rats he’s been left holding are mainly worried about how the latest episode in this farce will play in the media and among those vital voters.

Raab got his soundbite suggesting it’s the EU which lacks “ambition and pragmatism and energy”. For him, that’s a good day’s work.


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2 thoughts on “A good day’s work

  1. Westminster britnats just don’t get it.The EU has endured the arrogance of these brexiters for long enough. I’d love to see the EU tell Westminster to take that running jump off a No-deal cliff.

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    1. “I’d love to see the EU tell Westminster to take a running jump off that No Deal cliff” . Well that’s exactly what they want. They can then paint the EU as the Bad guy and get away with it.

      What They are after is a new feudal state with zero Human or social rights so they can grind the non elite into the dirt, back to Victorian times when things in Blightly were the way things should always be.

      https://richardhutton.wordpress.com/category/brexit-was-the-result-of-a-corporate-lobbying-campaign-which-backfired/

      Capt’n ” Get that transporter back on line Scotty, we need out of here, Fast”
      Scotty “Capt’n we’ve lost power, the transporters off-line, engineering will fix it
      soon……Capt’n…Capt’n…are you hearing me..”
      Capt’n “Damn….. the effin britNats have sabotgaed the transporter….we’re stuck…unless…..unless
      Scotty can work a miracle. I have every faith in Scotty….I think”
      Scotty “Quickly now ….Energise…….energi….”

      To Be Continued.

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