June 30th, 2016


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For anyone confused by British Politics

This taken from Facebook:
So, let me get this straight... the leader of the opposition campaigned to stay but secretly wanted to leave, so his party held a non-binding vote to shame him into resigning so someone else could lead the campaign to ignore the result of the non-binding referendum which many people now think was just angry people trying to shame politicians into seeing they'd all done nothing to help them.

Meanwhile, the man who campaigned to leave because he hoped losing would help him win the leadership of his party, accidentally won and ruined any chance of leading because the man who thought he couldn't lose, did - but resigned before actually doing the thing the vote had been about. The man who'd always thought he'd lead next, campaigned so badly that everyone thought he was lying when he said the economy would crash - and he was, but it did, but he's not resigned, but, like the man who lost and the man who won, also now can't become leader. Which means the woman who quietly campaigned to stay but always said she wanted to leave is likely to become leader instead.

Which means she holds the same view as the leader of the opposition but for opposite reasons, but her party's view of this view is the opposite of the opposition's. And the opposition aren't yet opposing anything because the leader isn't listening to his party, who aren't listening to the country, who aren't listening to experts or possibly paying that much attention at all. However, none of their opponents actually want to be the one to do the thing that the vote was about, so there's not yet anything actually on the table to oppose anyway. And if no one ever does do the thing that most people asked them to do, it will be undemocratic and if any one ever does do it, it will be awful.


and from my friend Bernard, commentary of the day:
Remember that time Boris was like "oi oi lads, you know what'd be top banter? If we plunged the world into chaos just so I could become PM !" and everyone was all like "cry-laugh emoji, let's do it" and then Bozza says "lol bantz, I don't want to be PM" and everyone was like "roflcoptor, you are the Archbishop of Banterbury" and then we all went for a cheeky Nandos.

Frankly, I'm finding actual politics less believable than Game of Thrones, and am now entirely sure that we have passed into the satire singularity, where anyone told about events even five minutes in the future would be unable to tell if they were real or the results of a team of coked-up comedy writers trying to outdo each other.

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