Mark Carney looks at the cameras and without a twitch of irony now declares that Brexit could be a global opportunity for the reform of governance, democracy and trade. Bristling Brock looked at the video clip again...surely this wasn't the same man who, only last week, issued dire warnings of Brexit catastrophe, ruin and no doubt the collapse of the Roman Empire as well. For months, if not years, Carney has told us that from an economic and financial perspective we would all suffer the consequences of Brexit chaos. What has changed ? Is he using a doppelganger to skew public opinion in yet another bizarre example of volte-face so that he can join the ranks of countless government ministers in sowing confusion and uncertainty ? Who knows. Possibly when he writes his lucrative memoirs about all of this he will reveal all and 'confess'. So what might we conclude from all of this ?
One version might be that the Bank of England has been very selective in its declarations of data over the last two years, deliberately painting a picture that was less than appealing to those who might take things at face value - swinging opinion against the very concept of Brexit. A second possibility is that the B of E just got its forecasts completely wrong and, as the face of the bank, Mr Carney has the dubious task of reversing his former opinions. A conclusion we might draw from either of these scenario's is that the so called financial experts really don't have much of a clue as to what might happen with Brexit or No Brexit. In this instance, possibly, expertise is transcended by something more primal - the base desire by the people in this country to rule themselves and make their own choices, to promote electoral change and equalise the franchise to ensure the right people get into parliament. No amount of academic expertise can quantify that nascent gut feeling that the very notion of Brexit aroused. But let us not forget that that arousal of deep feeling happened due to the deplorable mis-management of our political leadership - on both sides of the Commons. Change will come, by one means or another - that is in the very nature of things - but what our political classes failed to recognise was the strength of feeling that Brexit would create whatever perspective it was seen from. It was, and remains, the most fundamental indicator of public dissatisfaction with governance in this country since the days of King John.
In the EU, that controversial Brit-hater, Martin Selmayr, as Secretay General of the European Commission (what's that ? we may wonder) is the embodiment of everything the British despise about the EU. Given the post without any procedural competition, it was handed on a plate to him by the equally odious Jean-Claude Juncker. Nepotism of a particularly unpalatable kind was most definitely at work. So, when Monsieur Barnier and Mr Tusk say that there can be no further negotiation of the British Withdrawal Bill because the rules do not allow it, they may well do to reflect upon the rule bending that got Mr Selmayr into post. What's good for the goose should also be good for the gander, non ?
Back here in Britain, there is a news report on the subject of the Moors Murderer, Ian Brady. It seems that the legal rights of Brady to have his personal papers locked and secured in a lawyers vault have been upheld since 1964, despite the fact that at least two of his victims have never been found. What a perversity this is. How can we, as a nation, try and convict someone like Brady and yet allow him the right to have possibly vital evidence of the whereabouts of his victims bodies secretly hidden away right under the judicial systems nose ? This is an appalling application of justice. Such rights should be forfeit the moment conviction is upheld. Perhaps we shouldn't be that surprised - after all, 'the law is an ass !'