Posting will be sparse today, as I’m working hard on a book review and also must make plane reservations to Singapore and Hong Kong and also Poland. Fortunately, our British correspondent on the ground, Matthew Cobb, sent a short report on the tumoil that is the UK since the Brexit vote:
It is complete madness over here. The Leave campaign admitting a) they have no plan, b) the promises they made were lies and c) many Leave voters (including prominent journalists) saying they regretted everything. Labour Party deciding it will have a civil war. Pound at a *31 year record low* against the dollar. Silly petition for a second referendum at > 3 million signatures, but turns out to have been set up by a Leaver before the vote! Satire is impossible in this mess.
It looks increasingly like we won’t even leave, because it’s complicated and the deal we’d get from Europe would be crap (as the Remainers said).
Spate of reports of people with dark skin/not speaking in English in public being abused and told to leave the country. Polish cultural centre – set up during WW2 in London by Polish refugees fighting with Allies – daubed with racist graffiti.
What a horrible mess. Unbelievable. Very hard to concentrate on anything but the endless flow of mind-boggling information.
Matthew asked that I also add these five tw**ts summing up the Big Mess:
This comes from a BBC journalist born in the UK. “P**i” refers to the derogatory term “Paki.”
To read more about this mess, see today’s New York Times article. An excerpt:
Britain’s political crisis intensified on Sunday after its decision to leave the European Union, with the opposition Labour Party splitting into warring camps, Scotland’s leader suggesting that its local Parliament might try to block the departure and many Britons wondering if there was a plausible way for the nation to reconsider its drastic choice.
The hostilities in the Labour Party broke out as the battle lines became clearer among the governing Conservatives, left in turmoil by the vote on the European Union and the subsequent announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron that he would resign once his party chose a successor.
Michael Gove, the justice minister and one of the leaders of the Leave campaign, threw his support to the former London mayor Boris Johnson, the most prominent figure in the anti-Europe movement. Aides to Theresa May, the home secretary, who backed the Remain side in the referendum on Thursday, were calling legislators to seek their support to take on Mr. Johnson.
The British news media reported that close allies of Mr. Cameron were also working to stop Mr. Johnson, reflecting the sense of betrayal on Downing Street over Mr. Johnson’s decision to tie his political ambitions to the movement to leave Europe. Other cabinet ministers were considering whether to run, including Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, and Liam Fox, a former defense secretary.