Bristling Brock has taken a day or so to see where the Brexit saga travelled via Westminster. The sad truth of the outcome is that it didn't travel very far and certainly not in any perceptible direction. Is there a simple explanation for this ? Perhaps...
Our governance is, theoretically, consensual. We vote, some political body or another wins or by coalition forms a winning hand and they then form a government. Simple, no ? In Utopia, maybe, but in the tangled branches of the real world nothing is that straightforward. We have two principal political streams - that of Conservatism and that of Socialism - a right and left leaning choice. A few splinter groups have some say in the matter but on the whole the competition is between these two philosophical entities and this hasn't significantly shifted in outlook and focus for over half a century.
Some say that Brexit has divided the country. BB would rather put it to you that Brexit is no more than a symptom of divisions created by cultural changes, attitude shifts and spreading interpretable values. Brexit is an output of widening dissatisfaction - not its cause - with the way our governance is conducted and the tweeking of the 'moral compass' by the incumbent government to favour certain and specific factions of the community. That favour is driven by political loyalty - that of Conservatism or Socialism - and what Brexit is displaying at this moment in time is the chosen path by government and Opposition to ensure their own political survival over and above any action which might be beneficial to this country.
We have these two creeds, mired in their own smug self-satisfaction, protective of their own interests, blinkered and immune to external positions and arguments - each wholly convinced of their moral right to govern or aspire to governance. And this is the root of the British malaise; we have an establishment, a status quo and a blindly obsessive group on one side and we have an ideologically driven, naive yet electorally dangerous group on the other. Both are weakly led, both display an extraordinary incompetence and a bravado that is supposed to 'win the electorate' over, both are convinced of their superiority and right to hold sway over the British public and both are supported by equally mindless souls who either revere the establishment and the status quo to never change or those who would bring ideological revolution and bankruptcy to the nation. If we truly look at these two models, it is hard to see from a grass roots level what possible appeal their can be for the wider populace - that's us, the people who make up the majority in this country.
BB was listening to Gina Miller on Question Time last night. She is not normally somebody that BB would generally agree with on all sorts of issues but last night she spoke clearly and effectively on Brexit, on governance and on the political mayhem that Westminster is spraying around. The token Tory and the token Labour panel members were, by comparison, completely outmatched doing nothing more than trying to score political points off each other. Shameful as that was it was the non-political panel members that made the impression and the audience were clearly more interested in what they had to say than they were listening to the squabbles between MP's. Maybe this was the perfect illustration of the British problem - our politicians are operating in their respective bubbles, each trying to get one-up on the other whilst on the outside there is a serious recognition of the mess they have created and are still creating but with little organised power with which to shift the focus. In some respects we are repeating history - a governmental power, a monarch in the old days, challenging the representatives of the people, parliament - but neither actually reflecting the good of the nation rather than their own vested interests. Back then it caused a Civil War and whilst factions blindly sided with one or the other the reality was that neither side truly won. Both were as bad as each other and the public were caught inbetween. Things are not that much different now. Exactly the same arguments used then apply now - two political entities vying with each other for their own benefit rather than the benefit to the country. Hopefully there'll be no civil war - but there could be immeasurable civil unrest of Brexit is not delivered efficiently.
BB will repeat what has been said here many times before. The passivity of the British electorate has to change. If it doesn't, we'll get no more than a continuance of what we have now. We need to clamour for reform, for change, for a clearer more meaningful representation in parliament and dispense with the toadyism of our current party politics - for that is leading us on the road to ruin. Look at your government, look at the potential Opposition alternative, look at your parliamentarians and look at the establishment behind all that. None of these are working with you in mind, so do you really want to vote them back into power when that next opportunity presents itself ? Shift gear, get vocal and make sure the right people become our government. A big ask, for that process and outcome requires a mountain to be climbed, but our history shows that we've done it before and pushed for what is right and succeeded. It may take all of us out of some numb comfort zone, but we should surely try, if for no other reason than making the world and our country a little bit better for our children and grandchildren.