The six months to the Brexit crunch seems to have agitated minds in all directions. No doubt some of that stems from a realisation that the last two plus years have been effectively wasted in diluting and dallying and trying to play cricket by the rule book. Brexit was never ever going to be a game played by the rule book but our esteemed government thought otherwise and has consequently got itself into a right muckers muddle. Yet here we are, with poll predictors saying this and that and everyone getting in a tizz-wazz over what is going to happen. To Bristling Brock it is disheartening to see us in such a quandary of uncertainty, for whichever way this mismanaged episode turns out we should be ready to grapple with whatever it throws at us - adapt, flex and be more visionary about what we can do throughout the world. Let’s be positive, confident of making a success of events as they unfold and ensuring that the doomsayers are despatched to some dark backwater. There’s little merit in wailing and moaning now - it’s a time when we should all be looking optimistically about what the country can achieve in the future.
The government, of course, should be saying the same sort of things and raising the tempo of national pride. We should be casting aside the politically correct and overbearing regulation of Europe and embracing the wider possibilities around the world, but I fear we have no governance of this outlook. Mrs May says it’s the Chequers Plan or No Plan. The Chequers deal is a capitulation, a resignation to the split loyalties of pressure groups to leave us half-in and half-out of the EU - a ludicrous and belittling position for this country to bend toward. To become EU vassals with no influence over what regulatory authority they may impose upon Britain would break every sinew and filament of the spirit of the Magna Carta, the very essence of our freedoms, rights and beliefs as a nation state. Whilst it would have been preferable to have a well negotiated trade deal all prepared, the reality is that we haven’t. The last two years have been ill spent by a government writhing and scheming over how to make Brexit as diluted and meaningless as they possibly could. In short, absolute betrayal of the legal mandate created by the Referendum. If No Deal is the outcome, then let us embrace that with some vigour and enthusiasm and make it work for us. Whatever we may have voted at that referendum, the behaviour of our government has been shameful and duplicitous. Do we really want them still in control after March next year ? I sincerely hope that as a nation we give them the hard political boot they deserve.
By contrast, I look at the salivating Labour Party getting all expectations about a looming election and their perceived victory in such an event. Under normal political circumstances it could be argued that as a potential Labour government we would be entering a new era of social contract, ownership of resources and much else from the leftward looking ideologues. A good number would vote for this, many would not when they study the team that would become empowered by such an electoral victory. However, with the Conservatives in such a parless state of confusion and divided outlooks, the likelihood of a Labour victory looks feasible. This would be the worst of all outcomes - government by default. A Labour victory would not signify a national swing toward their way of doing things rather it would represent the utter frustration of the electorate in having to vote for someone other than the incumbent Tory government. But at such a point we would not be able to reverse our emotions and regain sensible, centrist governance. This is why we need a third player in the equation, a new party built up of a belief in the country as a whole, neither right wing nor left wing but fighting for everyone on an equitable platform. Fanciful, my critics would no doubt argue, but unless the move is made we will pendulum back and forth between right and left for ever more.
This is not what the 21st Century and beyond requires and the merit of this lies in the fact that there is a caucus of political skill and experience that can bring this about. A new dimension on the political scene is necessary to - in simple terms - give the electorate a more balanced choice of options, but in truth it is the right time now to break the stranglehold of just a bi-partisan vote for either Tory or Labour candidate. These two old parties no longer represent Britain. New blood, new energy and a sense of governance that genuinely puts the country in its broadest sense at the heart of its decision making. My message to those ladies and gentlemen is: ‘Do not dally too long; time is short and the country is waiting !’