I recall the TV version of the Forsyte Saga consuming one of the longest duration runs of any epic story to be broadcast. That must have been close on 50 years ago. Today, I suspect, the Brexit Saga has had an even longer run of public exposure.
As the story twists and turns its excruciating blade in our bodies, with what little consciousness we have left we still manage to gasp with amazement at the most recent revelations in the storyline. What started as a comparitively simple choice of Leaving or Remaining has erupted into something of a parliamentary party game with multiple choice options being voted upon today to see whether - at this very late stage - someone in the Commons has a bright idea that might work to the majority advantage. Bristling Brock's first reaction to that possibility is: 'Nay, there's nobody bright enough in the Commons to think up a good idea on Brexit !' Cynical, yes, but in my defence there is little evidence of a co-ordinated, collaborative effort by MP's to conjure up a Brexit solution with only 48 hours of legal time left before we officially should leave the EU. The very reason that MP's are now wrestling with this problem (perhaps ping-ponging might be a better expression) is something we can lay at the feet of Mrs May, who now has to be regarded as the most inept, rigid, blinkered, unhearing, unseeing, and arrogant PM this country has ever managed to put in Downing Street. My list could go on, but perhaps you all see the drift of my feeling. This has been compounded by an utterly useless Opposition in the Commons that has failed to hold any government action to account - as it should properly should have done throughout the agonisingly drawn out and pathetic negotiation period for a Withdrawal Agreement.
Bristling Brock has long speculated that the underlying theme behind all of this saga has been a strategy to appear to be moving toward Brexit whilst in reality creating the confusion of circumstances that will, in fact, leave us still closely aligned with the EU. Technically out, maybe, but in practise, very much in almost certainly. The damage this does to Britain's constitutional position is enormous; the very integrity of our sovereign institutions - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary not least - are under threat. The concept of democracy in this country is being openly threatened and flouted by the very institutions that democracy is designed to uphold - but nobody any longer cares about such quaint and eccentric notions as remaining the bastion of freedom, free speech, free thought, fair justice, diverse integration and freedom of religious expression. These clearly do not matter in this day and age where government, the very pinnacle of that which should shout and applaud these concepts from the rooftops, not only fails to do so but in itself actively engages in conspiratorial intrigues that would have made even Henry VIII wince with distaste. It is as though the government, with the vapid connivance of parliament has decided to disregard that which the common people of Britain voted for and to impose its own, self-interested hand on the tiller of this stricken ship.
Party politics has become the ruination of this country - both left, right and centre. We must not let this happen to our great nation state. We must strive for and support the creation of some new political outlook, led by those who truly represent the people and whose constitutional and legal duty is to place country before Party. So let us all be optimistic and start that process off at the ballot box...