Pro-Rogue in Parliament

So Johnson has suspended Parliament. I don’t know if it’s legal or not. Surely it must be? This is Britain, after all. But it doesn’t feel right. It just doesn’t feel right.

If leaving the EU was a good idea, fully supported by people who know what they’re talking about, then they wouldn’t have to do it by means that appear to be underhand.

If leaving the EU was a good idea, Johnson would be able to walk into Parliament with his head held high, to be met with thunderous applause.

If leaving the EU was a good idea, we would be planning street parties and parades. The shops would be full of ‘Brexit’ paraphernalia. There would be excitement in the air.

None of this is happening.

I have enjoyed being European. I’ve enjoyed living without borders. I emigrated to the Republic of Ireland in 2007. Yes, we were economic migrants – we could earn more money in Ireland than we could in the UK at the time, so we did.

Anyone could, and very many people did. We lived in a melting pot of Irish, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, English, Slovenian, Scottish and German people, all working and living away from home. We were all European. What are we now?

I’m feeling sad, bereaved. It really does feel like the death of something good, and not the birth of something better.

Our rights – your rights, my rights – are being taken from under our noses. The right to free movement, the right to live and work anywhere in Europe. And for what? I’m yet to hear anyone explain in what way exactly things outside of Europe will be better than within Europe. I’ve heard a lot of ‘Let’s get on with it’, and a worrying amount of ‘You lost, get over it’, as if the referendum was some sort of football match. But nothing about the benefits.

I’m picturing the UK leaving home, like a kid that has an argument and runs away.

Later, the kid will see sense, realise that although they didn’t get everything they wanted, life at home was better than life anywhere else. But – and here’s the thing – when they go back, and knock on the door to be let in, they’ll find the door locked and everyone just getting on with their lives. And when someone finally notices them standing there, they’ll say ‘Oh, it’s you again. Bugger off’ and go back to what they were doing.

I think that kid is going to be very lonely in the big outside world.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Joan Mudd says:

    I concur

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  2. Janeyjump says:

    It’s very sad. I can remember my dad, who was a very quiet man, announcing with great excitement that we’d joined the Common Market and what a huge step forward it was. I’m glad he’s not around to see us leave.


    1. I really think an awful lot of people are going to be surprised at just how much we gained from the EU. It’s so true – you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.


  3. anglosvizzera says:

    Yes, it is all a bit worrying. I think for Boris and his buddies, those with (too much) money, it won’t make a blind bit of difference, leaving Europe. But he wants to do it anyway, to appease the marginally greater percentage of the electorate that voted to leave (never mind the large percentage that didn’t vote at all, as many of them said because they didn’t have enough information to make a decision.) He probably doesn’t care what the outcome will be because it won’t affect him, Sometimes I think he is privately thinking that if it all goes tits up, that’ll teach those fools for making a stupid decision in the first place. At least, he probably thinks, I will have given them what they wanted! He’ll be “Boris the Hero”.

    I have many friends who are from mainland Europe who are married to Brits, or have been, and have lived in the UK for many decades, boosting our economy with their taxes and spending, who are now very worried that they may be ejected and be apart from their families.

    My dad was Swiss, but married to an English woman in Switzerland where they lived for 15 years, had my 2 sisters and then moved here and had me. My dad worked for the Swiss government at the tourist office in London so was paid by Switzerland and received a Swiss pension – but contributed to our economy through living here etc. Of course, Switzerland isn’t in the EU but he never had any hassle being a ‘foreigner’ here, as my EU friends never did – until now. My sisters are now both living in the UK although using their ex-married names so they don’t sound ‘foreign’.

    The whole thing has become so divisive – and the crazy thing is that more and more of us are doing DNA tests for genealogical purposes and finding out that actually we usually have a large element of foreign (from EU countries) DNA.

    We went to Wales for a short break last week and saw the improvements that had happened thanks to EU money – but I’m sure that the place will decline again once things are no longer funded and presumably they will have to pay a lot of it back again.

    Oh well, we’ll just have to see what happens, I suppose…


    1. It’s hard to think that just 3-4 years ago we were all happily European, and Obama was in the White House. How could things change so quickly?

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    1. It’s all just dreadful. It really is.


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