The pound has dropped to, according to one Financial Times calculation, a 168 year low. The last time the pound was that low HMS Daedelus reported a sighting of a sea serpent and 5,000 people died of cholera in New York. Incidentally the British Empire was somewhere near its height, we could squeeze our colonies to plug the gaps in our economy. That is no longer an option that is open to us.
But what do the press make of this backlash, and by backlash I mean terrible things actually happening due to the stupid Brexit vote? Let’s have a quick look at who these measured moral guardians have decided to blame. I’ll start with the Daily Mail, it’s the obvious choice.
What a surprise. The first, last and only retreat of the brainless right when they’re proven wrong. Let’s do this then, word by word.
First of all apparently I’m ‘damned’ and so is the MP representing my interest and all of my friends and anyone who agrees with me, which is slightly less than half of the people who actually voted in the referendum. Well fine, it’s not even a swearword any more so who cares?
Secondly I’m ‘unpatriotic.’ I don’t feel an especially strong need to defend myself from this facile statement but I know some do. Just remember; this sort of right wing filth consider themselves patriots so if you disagree with them you are, by their infantile logic, unpatriotic. This absurd fantasy of inverted, self serving, megalomania is probably the best argument for retiring the meaningless word entirely. Wilde said that ‘patriotism is the virtue of the vicious,’ which is a good line but I disagree, it’s the virtue of the meaningless, the platitude of the pointless, a rallying cry for those who know they have lost. It, like faith, is exactly as worthy as the actions it inspires and absolutely no more. Treat those who question your patriotism with the blistering contempt they deserve.
‘Bremoaners’… weak. Weak, Daily Mail, I thought right wing papers were supposed to have a knack for puns? ‘Bremoaners’ is just rubbish.
‘Their plot to subvert the will of the British people.’ All right, I think I have to explain something that most adults understand: when everything goes wrong and someone points it out it is not necessarily their fault. Sometimes you have a terrible idea, the grown up thing to do is to own it and try to rectify your mistake. And it’s only a plot if they do it in secret, nobody is being quiet about this nor are they hiding their intentions. Grow up. As for the idea that the way this is being handled is somehow ‘subverting the will of the British people’ I feel the need to remind you that there were two boxes on the ballot, one which said ‘leave the European Union’ and one which said ‘remain in the European Union.’ There was no mention of leaving the single market, no mention of free movement of labour, nothing about the human rights act… nothing. The shape of Brexit is absolutely up for debate, why do you seem to be so worried?
Time to move on, I think. Let’s see what the Express has to say.
That is a fairly unambiguous and sinister threat. Are they suggesting banning discussion of the most important political issue in Britain today? Are they suggesting leaving the EU with no plan whatsoever? Let’s take a look inside to find out:
Nope, they’re talking about jailing their political opponents. This is what political discourse in our press is nowadays. This is disgusting.
Well let me show you something that I find important, Daily Express, this is my passport:
Do you see it yet? No? Let me show you again:
One more time, because you still won’t see it:
You want to strip me of my citizenship. That’s what this is about. I am a European, the closest I ever felt to ‘patriotic’ was my pride in being a part of the project that put a stop to the constant apocalyptic wars across this continent. You want to lock up people who disagree with you? You want us all to shut up and let you do whatever you like you small minded cowards? You have so little faith in your position that you want to imprison the ‘Bremoaners’?
Try it. Come and try to take sixteen and a half million people away. See what happens, you simpering xenophobic scum.
I dare you.