There’s nothing wrong with changing one’s mind, is there? Before the EU referendum I was undecided, then I became a Remainer, then I thought we could fudge some deal whereby the UK remained in the EEA or something similar. Now I have changed my mind again.
Yesterday’s Evening Standard leads with a story about Jean-Claude Juncker, that awfully easy to dislike Eurocrat, the Stalin of Brussels. He spoke for an hour and only a small part was about the UK, most was his vision for Europe, or at least the twenty-seven countries in the EU. He wants to strip the rights of member countries to set their own taxes. He wants all the EU members to join the euro and Schengen. If the UK were part of the EU these catastrophes could have been prevented. Well we aren’t and we shouldn’t go back. I really think that the EU will turn into something not dissimilar to the Soviet Union. Mutualisation of taxes is extremely dangerous. The next step is to mutualise liabilities.
We are going to have a rough ride for at least a decade and goodness knows what will happen to those Unionist Leavers in Ulster who took leave of their senses. My guess is that their fate is to be like the Republic of Ireland for much of the 20th century. The workforce will emigrate and they will be subsidised from London like the Welsh. Or they can put their sashes under the bed and join the republic – some chance.
It was an appalling mistake to leave the EU but it seems to me, now that we have, we have to go through with it, suffer the short-term consequences and then get out on those sunny uplands that Boris rhapsodied about. The sad thing about all this is that politicians of all parties in the UK want to serve their country and to make it a better place. They care about the NHS, education, public services and are prepared to work as MPs for, frankly, chicken-feed. (Because of the weakness of Sterling, chickenfeed has got more expensive.) Most of them, sensibly, want to Remain and now have sore bums sitting on the fence.
Meanwhile, as I am on a rant, that total tosser Trump has been hamstrung by the American Constitution. He can tweet but – thank the Lord – he cannot carry out his dangerous, loony plans.
If you think these remarks are intemperate put it down to my new blood pressure pills which are making me rather excitable.