As Trump and GOP-driven buffoonery and malfeasance consume almost every minute of our news cycle in the U.S., our cousins across the Atlantic continue hurtling toward a world-historic catastrophuck of their own:
TL;DW summary from Mr. Oliver:
“A true act of political courage wouldn’t be to call for a second referendum…it would be to acknowledge that the first one was fatally flawed and that carrying it out would do long-term damage to the country and then cancelling Brexit altogether. But, it seems that there is no way that’s going to happen. Instead, Britain seems determined to step firmly down upon the rake of history and suffer the consequences.”
The Post reported on an interesting development this week that may be related to political courage:
Disgusted by Brexit hard-liners, three lawmakers abandon Theresa May’s Conservative Party
LONDON — With Britain’s chaotic departure from the European Union just weeks away, three prominent lawmakers abruptly resigned Wednesday from Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party, saying the government has surrendered control to reckless, hard-line Brexiteers who are endangering the country’s future.
The Conservative members of Parliament who resigned will join a new “Independent Group” of lawmakers formed earlier this week by eight legislators who quit the opposition Labour Party.
The creation of a small but potentially powerful independent bloc of 11 — now composed of moderate rebels from both parties — suggests that seismic forces are at work in British politics.
The report notes that the eight Labour MPs left their party earlier this week over Corbyn’s handling of Brexit and the party’s anti-Semitism issues. Analysts cited in the article say the newly formed group of independents make a no-deal Brexit (worst-case scenario) a tiny bit less likely.
As I mentioned to valued commenter Sloane Ranger in an earlier thread, the same forces (foreign and domestic) are tearing our countries apart. I hope (without much expectation of that hope being realized) that sanity ultimately prevails on both sides of the pond.