Lot of the title going around. So let’s look at this in the short, medium, and long term.
Loser One: Davey C. David Cameron, or Hameron (remember that hilaire gibe?), has resigned as PM of the U.K. Now, can’t say what the figures are for sure at this point, but it isn’t unreasonable to think his personal popularity may have been a factor. To anyone who voted on the basis of Cameron’s belief – I have a dirty secret for you. It feels wrong to even say it.
He isn’t even the worst Tory.
Not defending his legacy as I think it speaks for itself, shattering two unions in 6 years, one of which is 300+ and the other which has brought unparalleled peace in one of the most violent continents is no mean feat, but all things considered, is the guy who argued for cutting the deficit, no matter the hamfisted way he went about it, really as bad as the axemen who made the cuts? Is he worse than the bastards who wrote books where they explicitly state they want to tear apart one of the few good things remaining in the UK? Yes and no. He authorised the axemen. He knew what they were.
He also gave himself some neat plastic surgery. In order to not lose an election, he promised the referendum in the first place. He wrote his own demise. His enemies, however, have also now written the ascendancy of some right proper bastards.
Loser 2 – Scotland. This one is difficult to describe, it may bounce back. But can we just remember that the Scottish people voted to remain with the U.K. to stay in EU but now may be cast out of the EU by that same UK? There’s an irony which is pretty delightful and crushing at the same time. I’ll bet many who voted no 2 years ago are revaluating that choice right now. This may be a positive thing, but it will take a long time to surface – at least as long as the negotiations that the Tories want to prolong.
There is one certain way the EU can salvage Scotland even if Wales and England leave. If they can promise an automatic entry to the EU for an independent Scotland, unprecedented perhaps but we live in unprecedented times, then independence would walk it. It’d be a great negotiating tactic, too, on their part. No country would think about leaving the EU if it meant they might lose parts of themselves on the way out.
Loser 3 – Middle England. Have you ever known a person who everyone seems to tiptoe around and do everything to please, but who makes clearly bad decisions when it comes to choosing anything? That is Middle England.
Even though they tend to win elections, they always lose them. They vote in governments who cut child tax benefit, governments who hurt their economy, and now they have voted to leave a profitable Union on the basis of fake stats. They should know better. Since they call elections generally, they should be able to see that their actions have consequences.
It wasn’t all of them who ruined it yesterday, but I feel like some of them are that guy who only voted Leave because he didn’t think his vote mattered. In referenda, every vote matters. They are like the people who pushed ‘what is the EU?’ to number one on Google Trends yesterday, after the vote. They are the flappy headed claquers who always seem so keen to respond to their masters’ voice. It’s almost an art form how effectively they have voted for something they did not intend this time.
This time they have really done a number on themselves. They have gotten rid of Europeans’ urge to immigrate for jobs, by making the pound worthless and sucking all the energy out of the U.K. economy. They voted to take back control, which actually means to give the power to a slightly different bunch of privately educated millionaires than before, who will almost definitely go after the NHS. They voted to make their borders ‘more secure’ from refugees but, actually, unless we can have some pretty quick discussions with the French, they have probably just gutted the vetting process.
This is even not getting started on everything else they have done wrong. They have somehow managed to unite Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics, Scotland and the City of London, old enmities, together in a new, mutual hatred of the rest of the U.K. Several years down the line, a far less secure rump English state will probably enjoy a diminished position on the world stage, a land border with the EU via Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, and the possibility of their capital city going it alone as some kind of city state.
If there is one good thing to come of this, it is that middle England may be soon forced to confront their awful choices and I hope they are better for it.
In the meantime, maybe they better stop cutting things for spite as they only have so many removable appendages left.