That’s a much better acronym than the worn-out Brexit acrostic, isn’t it?
I have read so much nonsense about ‘Britain Leaving the European Union’ that I thought it was time to put the world’s thoughts in order. I will confine myself to the classic five-point system.
One. Nobody knows anything.
Two. Nothing has happened.
Three. This is not democracy.
Four. Loudness is not thought.
Five. The devil is in the detail.
- Nobody knows anything about what is going to happen when, after a protracted process of definition, drafting and deliberation an Act of Parliament representing Britain’s departure from the EU is presented for the Royal Assent. Not just because whoever turns out to be monarch by then might just say ‘no’, but because nobody has a clue what it will actually say.
- Following from that, so far nothing’s actually happened. The debate, if that’s a word any more, is almost entirely about the story of the last 15-odd months of speculation, reaction and counter-reaction, not to mention global economic and political forces compared to which BLEU is a minor ripple. All fur coat and no knickers.
- Democracy means ‘rule by the people’. Referenda are not a sensible means of achieving this where the population exceeds a few hundred. In the present case, the canard that ‘the people have spoken' needs to be critically analysed and clinically destroyed by facts and logic. For a start, only 37% of the electorate voted to leave.
- I often dip in to internet sites that support BLEU, and I’m dismayed not just by the lack of fact and focus, nor even by the outright blatant lies, but by the overwhelming volume of vitriol and personal abuse. I counter this whenever it’s directed at me, of course (don’t ever enter into a slanging match with me, anyone, because I will win!). But I am shocked by the amount of unnecessary sheer nastiness. I thought this was a nice country.
- I’m getting a bit tired now, so I don’t want to go into the details of what this will do to everyone in this country’s personal day-to-day lives. Two words cover most of it, actually – health, and safety.