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Sunday 16 April 2017

Theresa May’s Brexit Delusion

As has become the custom, our not at all unelected Prime Minister has recorded an Easter message to be relayed to her loyal subjects across Britain, and, she no doubt hopes, the rest of the world. In this message, Theresa May talks of Christian values, our coming together as a nation, our tolerance and freedom of speech. She talks of our bright future. And she displays her complete and utter delusion about it all.
Ms May starts as she means to go on - on the wrong track: “This year, after a period of intense debate over the right future for our country, there is a sense that people are coming together and uniting behind the opportunities that lie ahead”. Yes, by leaving the EU, we are somehow coming together, which explains around 100,000 in London alone marching against Brexit last month, despite the Westminster attack days before.

There was also a reflection on the Union: “For at heart, this country is one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future. And as we face the opportunities ahead of us - the opportunities that stem from our decision to leave the European Union and embrace the world - our shared interests, our shared ambitions, and above all our shared values can, and must, bring us together”.

That decision wasn’t taken in Scotland or Northern Ireland, and now we face the real prospect of the United Kingdom being broken up. As to those “opportunities”, many recent migrants from other EU member states are doing just that - taking the opportunity to avoid the hate merchants by going back home, or to another member state where they are better valued. Crops may rot in the ground, menial jobs might not get taken up, and the NHS may struggle to find staff, but what the heck, we will have FREEDOM!
We will also have Christian values: “I think of those values that we share - values that I learnt in my own childhood, growing up in a vicarage. Values of compassion, community, citizenship. The sense of obligation we have to one another … These are values we all hold in common, and values that are visibly lived out everyday by Christians, as well as by people of other faiths or none”. And how do those values get applied in practice?

They get applied by our Prime Minister grovelling to the leaders of Saudi Arabia for more arms sales, and not making too much fuss about the arms we already sold them being used to prosecute a vicious civil war in nearby Yemen. After all, the right-wing press won’t make too much fuss about that - it’s only more of those ghastly brown people.

The conclusion that the PM really ought to Get Out More is only compounded by her claim that “we should treasure the strong tradition that we have in this country of religious tolerance and freedom of speech”. But maybe not the freedom to voice disquiet about the misbehaviour of that press establishment that props her up - or the freedom to oppose Brexit, so often and so crudely shouted down with “We won, suck it up, get over it”.

Theresa May’s Christian values and boundless optimism are fine for someone with no money worries secluded away behind the Downing Street gates. But they won’t wash with all those ordinary people she clearly doesn’t understand. And her Brexit bluster is nothing short of delusional. So a typical Tory politician, then.


A.Robot (Mrs) said...

'People of Judaea, a decision has been made by Mr Pilate, using the authority vested in him by the Emperor Tiberius, that Jesus of Nazareth will be nailed to a cross until he is dead. He will leave this world and embrace the next one. This is the right decision for Rome, the right decision for Judaea and the right decision for Jesus. We must all now come together in unity and use the wonderful opportunities his death affords us. We must all put behind us calls to 'forgive them for they know not what they do' and join together to create a Judaea that works for everyone. I hope that Jesus can find it in himself to accept the People's Will and forget all divisive notions of rolling away the stone and other resurrection nonsense.
Crucifixion means crucifixion, Christians. We won, you lost.
Have a good easter!'

rob said...

God is on our side?

But which one? As Jo Maugham QC so eloquently put it

'Christian' values: cosying up to sex pests and fascists, policies that hit the vulnerable, tax cuts for the rich, xenophobia, a weaker NHS."

More old testament than new I think?
Belief over rational thought

Ideology over pragmatic policy?

(A) Beggars belief!

And with friends like Dacre, Murdoch & Trump who is going to get through the eye of a needle?

On Trump and associates there are some interesting timelines on twitter see Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated and also TripleM‏ @SwissTriple_M

May be Trump could do with some assistance from a god rather than the mammon he serves.

SteveB said...

just remind me, when did a political message from our theoretical leaders become part of a christian easter tradition???

It's all very well the religiously interested taking on Cadbury and Tesco for hijacking their event (part of which they had themselves hijacked from the pagans, let's not quibble) but where's they outcry over the politicians?

Arnold said...

Can't someone tell her that the UK is not a country?