The propaganda assault has been unrelenting. We are constantly fed story after story telling us of EU intransigence, Irish wavering, British determination, respecting the electorate (or rather, the electorate we had in June 2016), that Remain “is now over”, the inevitability of No Deal, that it is (to no surprise at all) someone else’s fault, that a vote of no confidence will be useless, but that we will somehow win the day.
A total Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street
This is weapons grade bullshit. We are being gaslighted on a scale previously unheard of, the only redeeming factor in this idiocy being that those doing the gaslighting are so inept that their deceit is screamingly obvious. This remains an international level game of high stakes chicken, except that there is only one participant - the UK Government.
The Withdrawal Agreement is closed and will not be reopened - unless the UK Government can demonstrate an acceptable alternative to the Irish Backstop. The UK Government’s representatives are unable, or unwilling, to get this into their heads. Instead, we are being fed a diet of gaslighting amid attempts to pick off the Irish. Which won’t work.
Polecat on the bridge ...
Here’s chief gaslighter Michael “Oiky” Gove, as reported by the BBC: “Cabinet minister Michael Gove says the EU ‘seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK’ over a new Brexit deal. Mr Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said he was ‘deeply saddened’ that Brussels was, in his words, saying ‘no, we don't want to talk’”. Bullshit, Oiky. Have you got an acceptable backstop alternative? No. Stop blaming others.
The idiocy has, to no surprise at all, extended to the press. Here’s the Beeb press preview: “The Telegraph says the intervention by Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister in charge of no-deal planning - accusing the EU of refusing to engage in fresh talks - marks an escalation in the war of words between Westminster and Brussels”. Bullshit. There is no escalation - well, not from the EU side, anyway. This is just Tory posturing.
... along with the dissemblers ...
And how about this slice of hokum? “The Guardian urges the two sides to try to move on from their squabbling about whether they can even talk - because the consequences of not talking will be serious”. THERE IS NO SQUABBLING. There is nothing from which the EU has to “move on”. The “not talking” is down to the UK not coming up with an acceptable alternative to a backstop that it devised in the first place (see above).
Our supposed leaders are happy to see much of our farming sector wiped out, the automotive sector hop across the Channel, financial services picked off by Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Madrid, Sterling go down the pan, living standards tank, unemployment rocket and debt mushroom, yet all they can do is pump out bullshit.
... however plausible they may appear
So we hear the loathsome Toby Young claim that if alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson loses a confidence vote, it will make no difference as he won’t resign (wrong), the Spectator’s dishonest editor Fraser Nelson claim that Sterling being devalued means there is an economic boom around the corner (if that were universally true, Argentina would be a very rich country indeed, which it isn’t), and cretins like Gove using the language of Combover Crybaby Donald Trump (“Sad”).
Our country is less than three months from screwing itself over, and for what? What was that about “taking back control”? The idiocy has to stop. And it has to stop now.
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