It has been nearly four months since the Brexit vote split the country in two, with a tiny margin of leavers gaining the upper hand. It will lead the country on a path to leaving the European Union as soon as Article 50 is triggered, which is likely to be in the first quarter of 2017 according to current comments from Prime Minister Theresa May.
But while one half of country continues to rejoice at the possibility of separation followed by divorce from our continental counterparts, the voices of approximately the same number of people whose opinion was to stay remains tightly silenced by the malicious press and the shenanigans of government ministers who have little or no idea about what they wish to achieve and how.
The result is to leave the population in a state of paralysis while banks important to the economic advantage of London are expressing their desire to relocate to mainland Europe. Sordid running commentaries on the part of certain segments of the press are wholly hostile to anyone expressing positive sentiment concerning refugees or in talking about diversity and equality in society. It seems no one can escape the fury unleashed by the leaver’s campaign and its aftermath.
At the time, the 2012 London Olympics were characterised as a worldwide exhibition of diversity and inclusiveness, with London at its centre. All of that is a distant memory now, forgotten in the schemes of various actors whose motivations are entirely individual and utterly selfish. Brexit has exposed levels of deep racism and intolerance that were held firmly in check by an informal politically-correct consensus adhered to by many who would otherwise be minded to negatively reflect their true opinions on the issues of differences in society and how we incorporate them into a greater whole. However, one cannot rest the finger of blame entirely on people being unable to formulate an objective opinion on matters. The external impact of populist discourses that have shifted the narrative and how we define the space in which such topics are discussed and policies formulated are a more pressing concern. It reflects a worrying concern about patterns of social cohesion or otherwise.
With lingering impacts on the economy and questions in relation to immigration that remain unanswered, the future is likely to create even more uncertainty and therefore an inward-looking dynamic that seeks to protect interests rather than some collective notion in relation to national identity. While all of these issues are well documented and remain important topics on the minds of the chattering classes, as it were, the real problem is that there is no political direction, strategy or plan. If Brexit Unleashed the Dragon as I stated in an another post, what is clear now is that this monster has no head and certainly no soul and probably no heart, too.