The old Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” has never seemed more apposite than now. The countdown to the Brexit shambles is now less than 1000 hours with no sign of our politicians coming to their senses – unless you count the fact that seven Labour MPs ( Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey) have jumped ‘magic Grandad’ Jeremy Corbyn’s ship to set sail as independents.
The split has been a long time in the making and I’m certain they’re not the only Labour MPs who’re considering such drastic action. Under Corbyn and his cronies, Labour has lost all touch with ordinary voters. It’s become a party of hard-line dogmatists. Political theoreticians who’re happier living in another political age than actually dealing with the realities of this one. Who would have thought we’d see a party set up to represent the interests of ordinary working men and women helping facilitate Brexit, a scheme from the rich, for the rich that will only make Labour’s core supporters worse off financially and leave them with fewer rights and freedoms than our European neighbours?
A question now is, will any Tories do the same? There’s clearly huge unhappiness in some circles as Teresa May continues to pander to her Brexit fundamentalists and leads to the edge of the cliff without any idea of what to do – other than continue on the same crazy course. Will some Tory MPs decide that they don’t want to shoulder the blame for the Brexit shit-storm and cast off the Tory whip? Time will tell as the political farce that is British politics in 2019 continues to unfold.
Meanwhile, the economic woes continue as companies abandon Brexit Britain. The latest bombshell looks like it’s going to come from Honda, who are going to close their car plant in Swindon, losing 3,500 jobs (plus who knows how many in the supply chain).
The Japanese had repeatedly warned of the consequences of Brexit. Now it looks like those warnings are coming to fruition. The country has just signed a free trade agreement with the EU (which we’re now excluding ourselves from). This, coupled with Brexit means there’s no point in them staying in the UK. If I was a Nissan worker in Sunderland who’d voted Leave, I would be keeping very quiet about it right now as I don’t see Honda being the last Japanese company to shut up shop in the UK.