The UK’s pending Brexit has brought about an urgent need to seek out viable alternatives. Most analysts would say they never expected it to come to this. Truth of the matter is that neither did the British voters, who probably didn’t expect their fellow countrymen to cast the same vote, leading to the country’s current predicament.
In a bid to salvage her country’s economy Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May finds herself in America, as one of the first world leaders to meet with the recently appointed U.S. President Donald Trump, in just a couple of hours, following yesterday’s appearance in the annual Pennsylvania Republican retreat, foreboding attempts at spearheading international politics alongside the United States, in an Anglo-American leadership, as if the United Kingdom remains head of a long-lost empire.
Speaking of the special UK-US relationship she even made a reference to President Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, failing, however, to mention Reagan’s famous «Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!». Instead she kept speaking warmly of President Trump’s new approach, omitting the US-Mexico wall.
She did, however, express high hopes that both America and Britain are entering a new era, which indeed they are.
Not entirely sure that we see eye to eye on the implications thereof, though:
USA/UK/Russia v. Germany. Like the world wars but with moral valance reversed.
I’m sure we can agree that it’s been a terrible year, what with the countless terrorist attacks, the war in Syria, the innumerable refugees and their suffering, the immense growth of fake news, Russia’s continued intervention in Ukraine, Brexit and the U.S. presidential election, won by Vladimir Putin’s very own Donald Trump.
And then, of course, there’s the incredible demise of uncountable artists throughout the entertainment industry, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise in times sporting more celebrities than ever before, among whom a considerable share in the geriatric segment. But you cannot help wonder how some regard that the worst aspect of the year now approaching its ultimate finale. Text continued below painting.
While I wouldn’t even dream of making fun of the fans’ undoubtedly sincere grief (I’ve been mourning some of them, too, in my own small way), perhaps pointing out that we do have bigger fish to fry – or much bigger problems – is in order?
Terrible as 2016 was, I fear it didn’t even come close to what the upcoming year has in store.
I’m confident that, like me, you never expected to live to see Donald J. Trump elected president of the USA, which, I’m sure, adds up to nothing, compared to experiencing him executing his job while in office. Text continued below photo.
Seeing as I accidentally happened to pick a photograph of him and fellow nationalist Nigel Farage, there’s no avoiding next year’s consequences of Britain’s 2016 decision; the implementation of the EU’s article 50, which once and for all is going to sever the United Kingdom from the European Union, with all its implications (covered in this blog throughout the first half of the year). Unless Westminster finds a way to declare the outcome of last June’s referendum null and void.
Worst of all, however, is the fact (?) that we no longer seem able to distinct facts from fiction, as the number of fake news outlets grows every day, a matter I touched on in a blog post the other day, and make no mistake about it: It’s all Vladimir Putin’s doing, in an attempt at destabilising the west, which he successfully achieved in Britain last summer and in America this autumn. However, I fear we’ve only seen the beginning. Text continued below photo.
We should, I’m afraid, brace ourselves for global tension the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades, possibly not since the early 1960s, for those of us who recall the Cuban Missile Crisis.
But please … Pretty, pretty please stop this talk about the possibility of a cold war. It’s been around for years, even if you didn’t notice.
Having established that, I find that the Russian national anthem, performed by Russia’s Red Army Choir, whose members died in a Christmas airplane crash last week, rest their souls, en route to Russia’s latest occupation, Syria, is in perfect order:
Judging by current goings on, people around the globe may as well start rehearsing its lyrics, the sooner the better.
And of course, as indicated by the top illustration, the Middle East will continue to play a vital part in next year’s news. Predominantly, I’m afraid, as a Russo-Turkish conquest. Also, as indicated in the illustration, the ripple effects will be significant.
Inspired by someone on Facebook I made my own version of Joy Division’s classic 1980s 12″ cover, for improved reproduction. Please bear with me for the slightly off typography and the fact that Michael Gove’s backstabbing conduct quickly had him branded as an unfit candidate for prime ministry – and is, therefore, not very likely to tear us apart.
Be that as it may; Something Must Break, said MP included, plus one should never have to look for excuses to play Joy Division:
As a lifelong Anglophile I’d be lying in claiming that Friday 24 June 2016 wasn’t spent in pain, mourning and profound shock, still resounding on the following day, coupled with feeble attempts at looking ahead – which is exactly what I endeavour to do with the above map.
Granted today’s news bear tidings of a petition calling for a second EU referendum, but is Westminster really prepared to expose this week’s referendum as the farce it indeed was? So far the petition has reached the support of over a million Brits, and 100,000 is all it takes for the Parliament to consider it, and considered it will be, but I fear that is as far as they’re willing to go.
After all, if the British population was stupid enough not to take the referendum seriously, they honestly do not deserve it. This week saw the British tearing up, not only their relations with the rest of Europe, but their very own country, including Scotland and Ulster, of whom both wanted to remain, to such a degree that Scots even call for a second indepence referendum, in order to leave the UK and remain EU members – perhaps as a renegotiated continuation of the UK membership.
The upside of latter days’ events is a golden opportunity to solve the Irish problem, once and for all, by allowing Ulster to join the Republic of Ireland, putting an end to the ancient controversy. And yes, there’s the loyalists, often, due to their heritage, referred to as Ulster Scots, who shouldn’t find it too hard to adhere – or relocate to their ancestral land, just across the strait from Bangor.
All resulting in the following division of the British isles (not to be confused with the British islands, which doesn’t include the Republic of Ireland):
A united Ireland, comprising Ulster and the Republic of Ireland, EU members
Scotland, EU members
Wales and England, Non-EU members
Of which only the latter two wanted to leave the European Union, and whose proximity and inter-dependency substantiates a union of their own, as the remnants of the United Kingdom.
(Or better still: A united Scotland-Ireland, together, in the EU?)
Neither of which likely to promote peace, stability, prosperity and democratic development in Europe or the world, I’d say on the contrary, but at least it would offer the English, the Welsh, the Scots and the Irish a chance to actually get their will – which, after all, is the point of a referendum, wouldn’t you say?
Also, it actually is a very likely outcome.
Of course neither solution bodes well for Europe or any of the potentially new nations, but you know what they say:
You reap what you sow.
Go ahead punks, make my day. This up until recently devoted Anglophile just considered substituting his Queen’s English with American anyway*.
More of my Brexit drawings, graphics and montages:
Nigel Farage, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and Vladimir Putin. Blogger’s montage.
UK EU referendum ballot. Tampered with by blogger. Incidentally, please use a cross, NOT a thumbs up emoji!
A Brexit Breaks it. Blogger’s own illustration.
Keep calm and stay in the EU. Blogger’s own illustration.
Screw you, EU! Blogger’s feeble attempt at a comic strip.
Top illustration: The British isles, comprising three sovereign states: Ireland, Scotland and a united Wales-England (Wangland or Engles, maybe?), of which only the former two EU members. Bloggers own graphics.
*Also, remind me to stop referring to Northern Ireland as Ulster.