Editoedito: The New Season Edition

edito: The New Season Edition

By the time you read this, we should have Brexited. The dates were set, the time has passed, the money’s been spent, the politicians have flapped for long enough. I’m just going to predict that it hasn’t happened and won’t any time soon. I have no crystal ball. I’m pretty sure crystal balls are nonsense anyway and that circus folk can’t predict what’s going to happen to the country or the economy by rubbing a glass sphere. Fortune tellers are charlatans (sorry Madame Kwang).

Being in a permanent state of will-we-won’t-we has been pretty nauseating, but, whichever way it goes, we’re just going to have to live with it. A huge mess that’s taken place at a huge cost to us as taxpayers. Sort of like spending £60m deciding where to not put a hospital, right? Asking both sides of House of Commons to concur on Brexit is like asking the Crips and the Bloods to decide on a favourite colour. As I write this, EU leaders are agreeing to delay Article 50 and postpone Brexit. And laughing about it. It’s amazing that something so significant to so many can provide such a source of humour.

We’re a lifestyle title and I’m not here to sway you one way or the other. I have smart friends on both sides of the fence, or water, at least. It’s just worth noting that something so significant has become such a, well, meme of itself. The ‘Still M.A.Y’ Dr Dre remix shared on YouTube last week just goes to show how such a serious issue has become a laughing stock (link below) in popular culture.

We elect people who become our representatives and then watch them argue and spend money failing to make decisions. Ultimately, it’s our fault; we vote (or not) and allow the majority rule. Whether it’s being able to control the straightness of your bananas, the ability of your dog to travel to France without quarantine or whether you want a garden between the Weighbridge and Liberation Square – you have the power to guide decisions. If you don’t vote, others will. Therein lies the problem. I actually think it should be compulsory. If you’re a taxpayer, you should be made to vote. You’re buying your government, so choose what you’re paying for. Caveat emptor.


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