Brexit is the greatest political satire of all time.
A jaw-dropping tale of how a powerful few convinced an angry electorate to shoot itself twice in each foot before asking whether or not that was a good idea – Brexit is the ultimate in political farce.
And what’s astounding is that nobody seems to be taking credit for it even though its satirical conceit is so complete.
Just who is responsible for Brexit?We can look to nicotine-fried hard-right fear goblin Nigel Farage as the man who instigated the EU referendum and got the anti-immigrant vote out with some glorious Nazi-inspired propaganda –– to (soon to be ex-) Prime Minister David Cameron who confidently agreed to the referendum to see off Farage’s Eurosceptic UK Independence Party only because he thought he’d win –– and to cuddly yet violent former Mayor of London Boris Johnson who elected to lead the campaign for Britain to leave the EU only because he thought he’d lose – albeit come close enough to a win that he could challenge Cameron for the PM role (when we Brits gamble only whole nations will do as the wager).
Then there’s Jeremy Corbyn – the leader of the officially pro-EU Labour Party who – a long-time Eurosceptic himself – deliberately sabotaged the Remain campaign –
– and apparent malfunctioning android Michael Gove – the Vote Leave campaigner who assured voters there was no need to listen to the experts who accurately predicted the economic crisis Britain now finds itself in.
It was Gove who appeared before the press alongside Boris to claim ‘victory’ last Friday.
Far from seeming like they’d just won the Westminster lottery the pair rather looked like two hostages forced at gunpoint to assure their loved ones that everything was going to be fine.
Now we know why as we hear their campaign never even planned for the eventuality of a Brexit.
Truly this is a gallery of incompetents – caricatures that could only exist in comedy – none of whom will now lay claim to the financial and political firestorm that Brexit has left in its wake.