The banality of Brexit

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Stupid. Men too stupid to think about the consequences of their actions tricked the British into making a fatally stupid decision. This is how Brexit is most commonly described. In the UK our stupid politicians tend to actually look stupid. It’s a clever but dangerous deception. Boris Johnson, the boy with the flyaway hair and the love of a doting mother in his eyes, roaring and thumping the pride of Britain throughout the campaign, was left mouthing bland nothings the day after his success. On the same morning, buffoon-in-chief Nigel Farage, he of the marionette jaw and the patent shoes patterned with the Union Jack flag, exulted: “And we’ll have won it, without a single bullet being fired.” Barely 24 hours earlier the body of Jo Cox MP had been released to her family; the coroner recorded that she had died of ‘multiple stab and gunshot wounds’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrexit and Literature
Subtitle of host publicationCritical and Cultural Responses
EditorsRobert Eaglestone
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781351203180
ISBN (Print)9780815376682
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2018

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