This from Jonathan Lis in ‘Prospect Magazine’ is pretty chilling:
And yet Johnson could do none of this [inflammatory language] on his own. He depends entirely on his enablers. The Tory party unmasked itself this week, finally and for all time. Hundreds of its MPs gathered in the Commons. They heard their leader traduce parliament, challenge the judiciary and defend law-breaking. They did not walk out in disgust. They gave him a sustained round of applause.
… we witnessed the next steps of a very deliberate revolution. This is the end of civility and the end of playing by the rules. Language has no more limits and basic decency has no more value. This is Trump’s Britain in ways we can only begin to compute. Our country, its institutions and its future are at stake, and the people charged with their protection are carefully crushing them.
So the majority of the Conservative Party seems content with the current fascist and tyrannical tendencies of its leadership – and all while it is a minority government….
In that context at least Led by Donkeys is branching out asking for humourous spoofs on the same minority government’s propaganda campaign ‘Get Ready for Brexit’.
The current situation of course makes the framing of arguments desperately important – but a difficult task if you are trying to counter Brexiters’ language whilst still remaining civil and truthful.
Some ideas I’ve seen and deciphered are:
I thought we were going to get £350millon for the NHS? Why are we getting £100million spent on ‘Get ready for Brexit’ adverts instead?
We were told Brexit was about sovereignty. Sovereignty begins in Parliament but our own government illegally shut down parliament. Where’s the sovereignty in that?
The courts haven’t become more political. The government has become less legal.
Apparently there are going to be riots if we don’t get our 5% drop in GDP, but there will be no problem at all if we can’t get fresh food or medicines.
And one for the LibDems:The 17.4 million have not been ignored. We’ve spent the last three years doing nothing but trying to deliver on the vote and it has proved impossible. The country has done immense damage to itself by not ignoring the vote. It is time to start.
I’m beginning to agree with whoever it was who suggested that the referendum question should, in fact be: either do you want to never mention Brexit again? – or alternatively, be droning on about it for the next decade?
On that basis, the simple withdrawal of article 50 has great appeal.