Hello internet people, today I’d like to dip into politics just a little.
As most of you will know, I live in Scotland (Britain) and at the moment we’re going through some ridiculous political hell that has brought out the worst in the country as a whole.
(Guide to Brexit – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887)
Hate crimes have been on the rise since the Brexit vote came through in 2016 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48692863) and many EU citizens have been terrified of what this vote will mean for them. I personally have friends that are losing sleep on a daily basis from fear of what this could mean for them.
We’ve already had the deal decision deadline moved back and are no closer to actually having any sort of exit deal than we were when the vote first came through. Now our UNELECTED prime minister has frozen parliament with permission of the queen in order to try and force through a no deal Brexit. Which virtually all of the political parties have agreed to work together to prevent (at this point in time I think we’re still waiting on the tories but I wouldn’t hold your breath). There’s a petition that’s going round at the moment which arguably is no longer useful for anything other than showing the number of people that are upset with the fact that parliament has been frozen (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/269157/) but that is still hugely useful information. It could be what pushes politicians into bold actions that end up with some positive results (fingers crossed).
There has been a court session brought about by 70 MPs from many different parties aiming to stop parliament being frozen by arguing that Boris (prime minister) has abused his power and mislead the queen which if the case were successful could mean that the queen might recall the order to freeze parliament (https://www.itv.com/news/2019-08-29/court-hears-bid-to-prevent-boris-johnson-suspending-parliament/). But that’s such a mess of “maybes” and “hopefully” that my head is spinning from trying to find a simple way to explain it all.
Ok just read the update on this (https://www.itv.com/news/2019-08-30/uk-to-step-up-eu-talks-as-pm-faces-legal-challenges-to-parliament-suspension/) and it seems we’ve no immediate luck but the full case has been moved forward to the 3rd of September, so keep your fingers crossed?
All in all, it just seems like this nightmare will be dragged out until it reaches it’s most horrifying conclusion possible – no deal Brexit.
I’ll be going along to the protest in Glasgow on Saturday (tomorrow) to make sure I know I at least showed up to be counted amongst those that stood up and made some noise. I know not everyone that wants to go to a protest will be able to and that’s why the petition is useful. Even just posting on social media about how you feel about Brexit can add to whichever side you support. (Facebook event for Glasgow protest – https://www.facebook.com/events/492734901558566/)
I don’t care if you voted for Brexit. Surely anyone that voted for Brexit can see that freezing parliament and trying to push through a no deal Brexit is in no one’s favour (well no one that isn’t already well off).
We had one vote back in 2016 and everything since has been decided without a public vote.
That’s not how a democracy is supposed to work.
I know this has been a heavy topic and it’s pretty confusing to wrap your head around it if you haven’t been managing to follow everything as it’s been happening but the deadline is October 31st and parliament is going to be frozen for basically all of September which means there will be one month to try and figure out a solution that we’ve been trying to find for the past 3 years…and I’m scared.
No deal means, food and medicine shortages, it means prices will increase and poverty will increase exponentially.
That’s not something I want to have to try and survive through. But at this rate I’m not sure there’s much can be done by the average person. Other than signing petitions, showing up to protests and hoping that as a united voice we will be listened to.
I know things are tough but as always, I hope that you can stay safe and be happy x