Brexit, hysteria and overreaction: Does it help?

Updated: Apr 3, 2018

Has anyone else noticed that these days, generally all the news tend to be tainted by hysteria and overreaction.

Just think about it. First we had the The Skripals' poisoning in Salisbury. While there are certainly those that may think a virtual shutdown of spy activity and the withdrawal of more than 130 diplomats from 20 countries is a grand idea , I for one fail to see what anybody gains. Britain prides itself in its Justice system and its independence. At the start of Brexit it resisted the pressure of an entire country when it said that parliament, not the government should have final approval. It took a lot of tabloid abuse and still it held firm. British justice, not street justice.

Pressuring governments into joining you and condemning another without full proof is not, nor will it ever be smart, and anyone willing to stand and resist this tide of premature hostility is, in my opinion, a hero not a traitor. There is more than enough time later when you know the full facts. "There can be no other explanation", is not evidence, and neither is "they didn't deny it straight away,even though they could have." But that's not all. Weeks after the incident, we are still getting warnings from the government about washing our clothes and destroying anything that can't be washed. To be fair, when I researched Novichok nerve agents, it did say that their persistence, how long they remain dangerous, is an unknown quantity so let's move on.

Few people by now have not heard of the #MeToo campaign. Its a big step in the movement for women's rights, and what's more its spreading through the world, and even giving strength to other women's movements such as equality of pay. But there are some, not many, who dare to try to stem this tidal movement, that suggest that perhaps it is now going too far. The danger is in seeking out these practices one will bring total innocents into the limelight whose reputation is destroyed even before any trial that may be forthcoming.

Also, let's not forget that in weaponizing it, we also run the risk of certain unscrupulous individuals using it against people they don't like, from ex-lovers, to potential political threats. However, when the Westminster bullying scandal came to the forefront, we now have a brand new problem, who should be the judge? Because all the victims of these crimes do not trust, that the accused are also the judge.

Living in Cyprus, anti-Semitism is not a topic we are often faced with. I have looked at the infamous Corbyn mural more than once, and to be honest, if it wasn't for one editorial explaining it to me, i.e. the characters they represent; I wouldn't have classified it as being overly offensive. Corbyn apologized, but is it really necessary to have mass protests at Westminster and polarize the public once again? As for his support of Palestinian organizations, one only has to look at the politics of the region to understand the why. Building in disputed territory, supporting (possibly even pressuring) your ally to recognize another disputed area as your capital, and using counter force against the militant Palestinians, is all understandable, if you accept there is a conflict. Personally I think these games of taunting each other are childish and counterproductive.

And then there's Brexit. As the clock counts us down, pressure mounts; and both sides are becoming hysterical. From Jacob Rees-Mogg and throwing fish back in the sea, to Owen Smith losing his job for stating his views publicly. Everybody is starting to panic. But this is my message to all the leaders of the political parties.

It really doesn't matter what you believe and what you are pushing for. Because people have lost all sense of what is good or bad for them. They are highly polarized and are divided between all the parties. That's why it is impossible to estimate their numbers without a real head count. You can't even have a 'free vote' because your own party members will vote it down. Only the electorate can solve it now. So negotiate what you think is the best deal and don't worry about selling it to parliament, worry about selling it to the people.

But there must be a third option, one that highlights the fact that costs aren't just economic, they also run the risk of territorial problems down the road; from Scotland to Ireland and even Gibraltar. The choices should be:

  1. Accept the deal, here's is the cost, there are the benefits

  2. No deal, here is the cost to trade and finance industry

  3. Simply cancel Brexit as being too complicated and too costly

Today, nobody, not China not Russia, and not the US can stand alone. The smaller you are the more friends you need. That is the benefit of Europe. Bureaucratic, unwieldy perhaps, but also reputedly the largest market in the world. They are and always will be higher up the guest list of any foreign power than Britain alone. All except the US that is; who would just as soon use the UK in their foreign policy and once finished stick it back in the freezer.


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