Now, just to put a disclaimer out there, this is simply a space for my ramblings so if you get bored or confused then don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This week has been an odd week, relatively quiet on a personal basis, aside from starting this site and doing my first indoor track meet in Manchester, this week has been spectacularly unspectacular. I have whiled away my hours either working on university work or cleaning up the house (I managed to completely eradicate my mountain of dirty laundry in a single day). When this goes live on my site, I will be visiting my girlfriend in Oxford so I best give her a shout out as well else I can imagine I won’t hear the end of it. However, like I said, there have been no momentous life changing events for me personally this week, which frankly is something that I’m quite pleased about because out in the wider world it’s all going a bit crazy.
It’s been a tough week to be a Brit, particularly these last few days when it has looked a like our government might completely self-destruct. So far, Theresa May has managed to gather all the broken parts together reasonably well and hold it together (sort of) but I would be very surprised if our current situation lasts very long.
Theresa May is coming under continuing pressure from the out-and-out Brexiteers within her party to resign, and I can’t think of anything we need less at this time. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a massive fan of Mrs May (not many of our generation are), but in the face of a potential challenge from Jacob Rees-Mogg, of all people, I know which side I would be on. While Rees-Mogg may strike some as being quirky and an ‘old school gentleman’ he really isn’t. One quick look at his voting record on key issues in parliament will tell you all you need to know; his views are somewhat outdated and he regularly comes across as out of touch in interviews. There is a fantastic sketch from ‘The Mash Report’ in which Rachel Parris completely disassembles Rees-Mogg’s eccentric façade and I would highly recommend it to anyone wondering who on earth he is. Even if it were to be someone other them Rees-Mogg to make a leadership challenge, that’s definitely not what we need at the moment. I was glad when May’s announcement on Thursday wasn’t to announce her resignation but to say that she’d stick it out, whether we like it or not, we’ve got to pull together behind Mrs May and see this through, a change of leadership now would not play into our hands.
Labour have also been laying into the Prime Ministers Brexit plan, and fair enough, the deal is definitely not perfect and Labour did state that if it didn’t meet their 6 tests that they had set out then they would resist a deal, and so they have. Whilst all opposition parties are no doubt rubbing their hands together with glee at the thought of completely routing the Tories at the next election, it all makes me a bit nervous. It’s at times like this that I wish we had a system that encouraged opposition parties to put forward solutions rather than just highlighting problems. Whilst it may seem far-fetched, a bit of cross-party collaboration and coming together as a nation rather than identifying ourselves as Labour or Conservative could go a long way in getting a good deal for us.
There has been increased speculation about having another referendum and I personally think this is a good idea, whilst people who oppose it say that ‘the people have spoken, we don’t need another vote’ I don’t really understand why letting the people speak again is causing such issues. Now that we know the terms of a deal we should surely be allowed to vote again.
Anyway, that’s my two pennies worth, I hope I haven’t offended anyone by saying anything too outlandish and with any luck this time next week we’ll have more of an idea of what is actually going on. Equally, this time next week I might have had a more interesting personal week to tell you about, but I doubt it.