It’s no secret that I did not, personally, vote to leave the EU.
Personally, I think leaving the EU is a terrible mistake. I think it’s a triumph of nationalism and pride over reason and economic good sense.
You might think differently.
That’s okay. We can agree to differ.
And, honestly, I don’t care any more.
What I care about now is that the idiotic hubris of the Conservative Party is horribly close to pushing us all off a cliff. And expecting us to knit our own parachute on the way down.
I’d always believed that people go into politics (mostly) to make the world better.
They won’t all agree on how to do that, or what the order of priorities should be. But in the main, these are public servants and I can respect that, even if I don’t like their specific brand of politics.
But right now, I’m struggling.
I’m struggling with the various factions in UK politics who are arguing and shoving and madly trying to out-do each other to derail the negotiation process.
Look, politicians. YOU made us vote. YOU decided to trigger Article 50 before anyone had sat down and made a sensible plan. YOU went into negotiations with a set of fixed demands that were contrary to the EU rules that YOU helped to draft.
The very least you can do – as servants of the people – is to buckle down and get the job done. Make a deal. Accept that you might not get every little thing the way you want it. Suck it up.
And while you’re at it? Please spare me this appalling notion that not striking a deal is somehow equivalent to striking a blow for freedom and sovereignty.
Ooh, look at us, tearing up all those trade deals and replacing them with crappy WTO tariffs instead. We’re so patriotic!
We’re making it uneconomic for manufacturers to make products in the UK because there’s no free movement of goods! Hurrah for Britain! That’s the spirit that got us through two World Wars!
Except it wasn’t, was it Janet? What got us through two World Wars was a spirit of co-operation and a willingness to make agreements with our European neighbours despite massive cultural differences…
I’m a business owner. I see the impact of your failures first hand. The news looks bad, and sales dry up. Boris gets on a podium, and everyone holds their breath. What ridiculous piece of nonsense is going to come out of his mouth now?
Nobody’s committing to anything – because we have zero visibility of what we’re supposed to be planning for.
Will my employer leave the UK? Will my local NHS Trust cut back on services because of staff shortages? Will some of my family need to move if residency laws change? Can I afford to book a holiday? Should I just keep hiring freelancers so I can let people go if my profits collapse?
Businesses and freelancers just need Theresa May and her party to get the job done.
Honestly, I don’t care that the vote didn’t go my way.
It’s hardly the first time a Conservative government has done something that’s made me want to hold my head in my hands and weep for humanity.
But nobody suggests replacing the England manager halfway through a quarter-final. There comes a point where you say – this is the team we have, these are the options we have, let’s make the best of it.
So politicians, can I just say – on behalf of small business owners like me – grow the feck up, and do your job.