Remoaning Or Starting To Be Proved Right?

Politics isn’t really my thing.  This is mostly because I get annoyed by bickering and name calling when I’d rather see constructive debate.  I live in an ideal world, I know.

This general election, as far as I know was called earlier than it needed to be because Theresa May wanted to strengthen Brexit negotiations by ensuring that everyone was behind her.  It was supposed to be another way, nearly a year on from the referendum, for the PM to ensure that what the country voted for in 2016 is still what they want.

As with all I see in politics, it strikes me a bit of posturing.  If May really wanted another consultation with the people, do it after negotiations with the EU.  Take the 2016 referendum as a, “We’d like you to see what you can get” and then do another one to ask, “This is what we got, do you still fancy it?”

This thought carries a bit more weight with the news this week that Britain has slumped to the bottom of the GDP growth rate league table of advanced economies.  This lack of growth is caused by high inflation which can be attributed to a 20% loss of value in the pound that came after the referendum.

To put being bottom in to context, the UK has never been below 4th since the financial crisis in 2007-8.  House prices have fallen for the third straight month (and this was the first time they’ve fallen since the aforementioned crisis).  The pound is still at its lowest point for 30 odd years and the average household is now spending another £21 a month on groceries.  The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, warned of a “living standards crisis”.

Yet, we’re not hearing about any of this.  When the world didn’t collapse on 24th June 2016, there seemed to be a tail of vindication, that the scaremongerers were proved wrong.  Seeing as the only economic KPI that sees immediate impact from a major event is currency (and this dropped), it’s a naive assertion that all the financial experts were wrong.

Now we’re seeing the results and are about to enter in to a phase of negotiation that could also make a significant dent in the UK economy, it’s just reenforcing my opinion that the election is a mistake because it shouldn’t have been about one person being able to negotiate better than another.  Irrespective of party, the country deserves the best people available to negotiate a deal.  Once that deal is negotiated, and we know what we’re getting, then we should be able to choose again.

Hey dad look at me
Think back and talk to me
Did I grow up according to plan?
And do you think I’m wasting my time doing things I wanna do?
But it hurts when you disapprove all along

And now I try hard to make it
I just wanna make you proud
I’m never gonna be good enough for you
Can’t pretend that
I’m alright
And you can’t change me

‘Cause we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect
Now it’s just too late and
We can’t go back
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect

I try not to think
About the pain I feel inside
Did you know you used to be my hero?
All the days you spent with me
Now seem so far away
And it feels like you don’t care anymore

And now I try hard to make it
I just wanna make you proud
I’m never gonna be good enough for you
I can’t stand another fight
And nothing’s alright

‘Cause we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect
Now it’s just too late and
We can’t go back
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect

Nothing’s gonna change the things that you said
Nothing’s gonna make this right again (right again)
Please don’t turn your back
I can’t believe it’s hard
Just to talk to you
But you don’t understand (you don’t understand)

‘Cause we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect
Now it’s just too late and
We can’t go back
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect

‘Cause we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect
Now it’s just too late and
We can’t go back
I’m sorry
I can’t be perfect

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