chaggle wrote:Flippin' 'eck Tony.
You trying to make us all suicidal?
Frankly, I find the events of the last couple of years almost unbelievable.
Before the 2015 election, we were prospering nicely with a stable coalition government and a privileged membership of the world's largest trading bloc, with lots of opt-outs to suit ourselves (particularly the Euro).
Then the idiot Tories decided to focus on wiping out the LibDems in the election, and succeeded so well that they unexpectedly won an overall majority, resulting in the anti-EU nutters on the Tory right forcing the promised referendum on membership which was ludicrously favourable to them; particularly on requiring only a simple majority when most organisations require something like a two-thirds majority for any such major change. And then the Remainers fought a pathetic campaign while the Brexiteers lied through their collective teeth, whipping up populist support with simplistic slogans. Now everyone except the LibDems and the SNP is committed to follow through with Brexit - an act of wilful self-harm which is likely to result in many tears over the next few years.
Our politicians have been so incredibly incompetent over this whole issue that I will be amazed if they have done any real preparation for the negotiations about to start, while the EU negotiators are primed and ready with their divorce settlement demands, starting with a cool €100 billion as a down-payment.
That would have been bad enough, but then May decides on an unnecessary election and throws away any negotiating strength we might have had. While Corbyn wanders around scattering free offers to entice credulous youth, possibly to a illegal extent (offering not just to scrap fees for new students, but for existing ones as well - which could be regarded as bribing people to vote for you). If Corbyn ever gets in it will herald a return to the 1970s, which is when he stopped developing mentally, and I well recall how dire that decade was.
Oh well, I can put all of this in the same box as climate change: a future catastrophe which I personally probably don't need to worry too much about - the younger generations will get hit the hardest, as with most other things.