To die, to sleep — to sleep, perchance to dream — ay, there’s the Brexit.
This week on Facebook: Yet another referendum that has exposed the disingenuousness of the political class be they left or right, for staying in the EU or for leaving it. I do not intend to vote in the referendum charade although I am tempted to do so purely for anarchical reasons. I see a winning vote to leave destroying the present political administration and the State’s fiscal reliance on The City being greatly reduced. Whatever way the referendum vote goes it will put the issue of Brexit back to parliament, where it belongs. There are many who take the forthcoming referendum on June the 23rd quite seriously, fooled, perhaps, by its pretence at democracy. Given the media attention that the referendum is getting everyone must be bored to death with debate and will vote as they always intended to — with their emotional response to the issue of EU membership.
This above all,—to thine own self be true; and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Monday: Brexit campaigners turn their attention to toppling Cameron — Here is an article that I suggest puts the referendum into its true perspective, that of the leadership and the survival of the present Tory political administration. The outcome of the referendum will be decided by a simple majority of the popular vote (actual votes cast), which may not exceed 50% of the registered electorate (those eligible to vote). A Tory claim that Cameron needs a substantial majority in favour of EU membership to retain leadership of the party is not — as yet — being claimed for the referendum outcome itself. My personal view is that a vote to leave the EU will be used by Labour to seek a confidence motion in the hope of triggering a General Election. That should put the Tories in a quandary, then referendums are always about political motivations and why they are never given the power of a plebiscite. As Tuesday’s article states, they are a charade.
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! My tables — meet it is I set it down, that one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.…
Tuesday: The Referendum Charade — Referendums are an example of what is known as “direct democracy.” The voice of the people (or rather, the People) is not heard through their elected representatives in government, but directly through plebiscites. When Winston Churchill suggested in 1945 that the British people should vote in a referendum on whether to continue the wartime coalition government, the Labour leader Clement Attlee opposed it. He called referendums un-British and a “device of dictators and demagogues.”
What a piece of work is man, how noble in reason; how infinite in faculties, in form and moving; how express and admirable in action; how like an angel in apprehension; how like a god: the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals. And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
Wednesday: Is it really so terrible for Britain to have a different vision for Europe? — The antipathy against the EU is certainly strong in the UK media, where the UK — and now possibly an ever isolated England — is presented as an embattled protagonist against an ever increasing Brussels bureaucracy, yet this not a true picture. The UK or possibly just England, does not stand alone in its vision for European integration. The forthcoming referendum will not address the answers to the many visions held within the current 27 member states regarding a future EU. Perhaps as Thursday’s article shows, the answer is always going to be right and the question wrong.
- Why, then, ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Thursday: The Brexiteers: Right Answer, Wrong Question — If it were this model of Europe that was on offer to the people of Britain in the June referendum, they would be right to reject it. The European Union lacks the depth and richness of political community needed to support a successful state. Though its democratic structures – in particular the European Parliament – are far more than mere decorations, they have failed to connect with the peoples of Europe – and the peoples of Europe have failed to connect with each other.
Is it not monstrous that this player here, but in a fiction, in a dream of passion, could force his soul so to his own conceit. That from her working all his visage wanted; tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect, a broken voice, and his whole function suiting with forms to his conceit?
Friday: Brexit or Not? 10 Clues to Tell — Enough already: forget the polls, follow these clues if you really must know what to expect on the 23rd.
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven, so lust, though to a radiant angel link’d, will sate itself in a celestial bed, and prey on garbage.
Not satisfied? You take this referendum seriously? Then there is a site on all you may need to know that will enable you to make an objective appraisal. You can find it at UK’s EU referendum, which having read, digested and been totally flummoxed by, I suggest you vote based on your emotions. Meanwhile at Elsinore, enter Hamlet:
To be IN, or not to be IN – that is the question: Whether ’ is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them.
For my part, having read My Brexit Diary: Asparagus à la Brexit, I need to find out where I can reliably buy fresh white asparagus tips (I wonder if I missed a psychosexual innuendo in My Brexit Diary!).
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