The seven Labour Party resignees have, by default perhaps rather than design, introduced further division into the Brexit saga. Whilst it is commendable on a certain level that conscience has prevailed over Party mantra, we now see the formative beginnings of a 'group' dedicated to the Remain cause on Brexit. On the other side of the coin we have the new Brexit Party intent on campaigning for the Leave cause. The two factions represent what existed before - a divided nation, uncertain as to what lies ahead, fearful of radical change and doubt.
We live in an age where there is an abundance of 'news', opinion, and dispute. We live in an age where faith in national and political leadership has evaporated almost completely. We live in an age where it is almost impossible to distinguish whether what we hear and see on the political stage is real or otherwise - is this the same as Trump's 'fake news' we might wonder, a bubble of contradicting and abrasive information that is deliberately vague, open to deniable interpretation and presented by individuals who you wouldn't even dream of buying a second hand car off ? Is this what we have become subjected to in Britain ?
The answer, in Bristling Brock's opinion is that we are being subjected to not only a quantitative barrage of information but also one that in the majority of instances lacks any qualitative substance or reality. Is it any wonder then that we are all scratching our heads and asking what on earth are our politicians up to ? One says this, another says that, yet another will say something wholly different - it's confusing and possibly designed to be so. Mrs May railed at being called nebulous by Jean-Claude Juncker, but in truth it was exactly the correct description of our political approach to Brexit. Our negotiations with the EU - humiliatingly pathetic as they have been - have been based upon the most ambiguous and obscure use of language, a monumental reluctance to define and frame a clear policy and strategy for Brexit. BB is the last one to champion the EU but the overwhelming evidence certainly seems to point to a British lack of understanding of the European project (by virtue of us putting the woefully wrong people at the spearhead of the negotiations), a British lack of vision as to what it wanted Brexit to achieve, a British lack of true political will to actually bring Brexit about and a British lack of grit about fighting for the rights of the British population (BB loathes the use of that hackneyed term 'the British people', so beloved of Mrs May and her chums, as it speaks volumes about the disdain and disrespect our political leadership has for the nations wellbeing).
New political groupings, splintering off from old blocks may serve to widen the debate but we must recognise that our incumbent government will not listen, never have listened, and are likely never to listen to any deviation from their own pre-conceived direction for Brexit. Mrs May will trot off to Brussels, talk of 'constructive dialogue', and come back and present an almost identical Withdrawal Agreement to parliament - who will reject it. This is dogma triumphing over capability within the Conservative government, battering its head against an immovable brick wall in the hope that, with a little help from Project Fear Mk 2, the opposition to the Withdrawal Agreement will just melt away by sheer inertia. That is not governance worthy of this country but it is the rut that the political classes find themselves utterly incapable of getting out of.
If new political groupings do succeed in influencing government and then pose the vision that they themselves may be the next new generation of government then they need to work hard at clearly identifying their goals, their strategies and their complete abandonment of the existing political Party system that is presiding over the ruination of our country. We may all fear radical change, but do we really want to continue as we are ?