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The political asylum

This is a personal statement about the inescapable.

I voted Leave three years ago. I wasn’t influenced by that twat Boris, or by Nigel Phalange or anybody else. My vote wasn’t cast on economic grounds, or out of any personal financial motive. It was cast because I believe that the EU will eventually implode.

I didn’t vote against a continuing customs union with our European neighbours or against a future trading arrangement that makes them our principal partners. And I don’t give a single fuck about Arlene Foster (who the hell is she anyway in the great scheme of things?) and the Irish backstop.

I voted Leave, plain and simple, because I feel we should, but now I don’t care. I have been overcome. Any passion I have ever felt about the issue has been exhausted by the utter failure of our parliamentary system to cope with a situation that requires MPs to put national interest above self interest. I have been outraged by the slithering of Corbyn, a proven master of disloyalty, embarrassed by the Commons performance of Blackford, a clever man pretending to be an idiot, and driven to despair by the stupidity of a Prime Minister who was persuaded to throw away a working majority when it was entirely unnecessary, and now by her obduracy in continuing to hang her Norwegian Blue upside down in her shop window above a for sale sign. If Theresa May is a betting woman she is probably even now having a punt on Manchester United to win the FA Cup, even though they were knocked out in the last round.

The ultimate lunacy is that a General Election is being mooted as a way of sorting it all out.

This will copy on to Facebook as my blog posts do. I repeat, it is a personal statement. As they say on Twitter, my views are my own. So is my despair.

Categories: General, Politics
  1. Fred in sunny Sydney
    March 31, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Watching from afar, you have my sympathies.
    However, even after 3 years when I ask several friends ‘why did you vote leave’ I have still not got a CLEAR answer from any of them.
    ‘Taking back control of our country’ is suggested, but on any visits back to the UK, apart from the ravages of time, it is still basically the same as I left, and the ‘all the foreign criminals’ that are supposed to have entered the country is also offered up initially.
    Problem is, when I ask for specific examples I invariably hear Pakistanis and middle eastern nationals blamed, until it is pointed out that they are not European, then it goes silent.
    My query as to how being in the EEC negatively directly affects them in their daily lives, also draws a blank, although someone did say that ‘the sausages are not the same now’
    Again from afar, I just don’t think the voting public had a Scooby of what they were actually voting for, didn’t think it through, and were lied to big time.
    I continue to hope you lot see sense, and like a bride who just before her wedding day who realises she’s has made a huge mistake, calls off the wedding just in time, to everyone’s relief.
    My belief that a huge error has been made was reinforced on the weekend when Trump came out in support of you still leaving…that alone should tip the scales..
    Whatever you lot eventually finally decide, and when…I wish you well.

    • March 31, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Cheers Fred. I believe the majority voted against having our laws made by an unelected cabal in Brussels. That’s as clear as I can be. It was a cross-party vote but its implementation has been politicised.

  2. GILLIAN DICKINSON
    March 31, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Good morning I think most of us are suffering from “Brexit Fatigue”
    When will the next “Skinner” book be available please.

    • March 31, 2019 at 9:36 am

      Hi Gillian. The plan is November. It’s going well.

  3. Lynn Turley
    April 1, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Must say I feel really disenfranchised as well as disheartened. Listening to the twonks being interviewed on College Green saying it should go back to the people to confirm whether we want May’s deal or to Remain but when asked about other options, oh no we can only pick from sort of remain or complete Remain. What’s the point in ever voting again?

  4. Chris Coote
    April 6, 2019 at 9:02 am

    QJ Good Morning. Not surprising that our views on Brexit are the same in all respects, given I have devoured all Skinner has to offer and then felt disappointed because I have to wait for the next book. No doubt no.31 in November will see Brexit still being unfulfilled God forbid. What about No 32 ?

  5. Gregory Newman
    April 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Mr Jardine, I wonder how, in your former job, you would have presented the nonsense in Westminster.

    • April 11, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      It wouldn’t have arisen. My day was Maggie in her pomp; if she had decided to leave the EU we’d have been gone.

      • April 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

        And possibly taken the Germans with us.

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