Aggggh…. jeeeus


I didn’t plan to, but I seem to be dropping away from all social media. It’s partly because I published a great novel, Terminal City (crime, corruption and love, set in Vancouver in 1959… an amazing, astounding, wonderful [see Roget for more of the same] book…) a couple of months ago, and promoted the hell out of it online, and still sold hardly any copies. Yes, I’m huffing. The other reason is politics.

I complained and whinged and tried to be both pertinent and funny in the lead-up to Brexit, seething at those dumb-asses who couldn’t see they were being lied to and fooled by self-serving bigots. After Brexit I was seething and complaining and whinging and trying to be both pertinent and funny when the self-serving bigots said they had been lying and the dumb-asses still didn’t seem to care.

And then the US elections and Trump came along. A populace lied to and fooled by the biggest self-serving bigot of all. At first I listed his iniquities. The blatant lies. His idiocies. Long lists. Add more to this. You know what they are.

Then he got elected. Filled his cabinet with billionaires from Wall Street. Appointed bigots… basta, as I like to write when its pointless to go on. Nothing mattered. Nothing matters. The world is going to hell in a hand cart, pushed along by gibbering fools. The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. Evil breaks its chains and runs through the world like a mad dog. We are fucked.

I have been spending my time more and more in communication with those who already see the world as I do, which is pointless, or getting purple in the face over the frustrations of the dumb-asses who don’t, which is pointless. And putting on cute pictures of my (very) cute dog, or writing things about television or journeys or the weather or… anything… seems pointless. EVERYTHING IS POINTLESS. Everything. For now.



A real moral imperative

There seems to be a belief in England and Wales that the moral duty of voters is now to accept the result of the EU referendum and make the best of it. This in a referendum arrived at by mendacity. That it was so is not just my opinion, for it has been admitted, sometimes cheerfully, by the main leave leaders themselves.

To take only one example, the slogan “Let’s give our NHS the £350 million the EU takes every week” on the leave campaign’s posters, and “We send the EU £350 million a week – let’s fund our NHS instead” emblazoned on their battle bus. The £350 million was a statistic that the independent UK Statistics Authority said early in the campaign was not true. Everybody and their dog knew it wasn’t true.

After the result was in, on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, June 26th, former minister and leave advocate Iain Duncan Smith called Vote Leave’s £350 million pledge to the NHS an “extrapolation”  Not true then.

Asked by ITV’s Good Morning Britain whether he could guarantee that the supposed £350m that was sent to the EU would now go to the NHS, Nigel Farage said: “No. I can’t, I would never have made that claim.’ He stood with it right through the campaign. You can read it if you like in the Telegraph, not exactly a left-leaning, pro-remain paper.

‘£350 million a week extra for the NHS’ only ‘an aspiration,’ said Vote Leave campaigner Chris Grayling on ITVs Good Morning Britain. He had supported it as a fact shortly before. A lie then.

“We can take back the £350 million we give to the EU every week,” Michael Gove said on the BBC Radio 4 programme Today. Afterwards he said, “They weren’t promises, just a series of possibilities.” Lies then.

After the result was in, in an interview with News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby it was suggested to Boris Johnson that the true figure was more like £161m. Johnson said happily that ‘Yes. That’s so. We get part of it back.’ Yes, that figure I touted all over the country was lie.

Is there anybody, anybody, who can deny that voters were knowingly lied to? Lie after lie after lie. Every promise of the leave party was a lie. Every single one.

If you think there is a moral imperative to go with a referendum, a device that has no legal standing in any case, arrived at in this fashion, then we have different ideas about what constitutes a moral imperative. The moral imperative is to deny the triumph of mendacity. The moral imperative is to do what is best for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to do all you can to prevent harm, not facilitate it.

And rolling over with a ‘let’s make up and make the best of it’ attitude is doing just that.