Silk Purse to Sow’s Ear in Five Easy Days

Yesterday someone on Facebook made a joke about Nicola Sturgeon looking like Wee Jimmie Krankie. I confess, I haven’t lost my sense of humour completely, and there is something of a resemblance. After all, you never see them in the same photograph together.

Regardless, I bloody love Nicola Sturgeon. She can look like Hitler’s armpit for all I care. She could actually be Wee Jimmie Krankie, although the less said about wife swapping parties the better please. A veil of decency must be preserved and all that.

We don’t vote for our politicians based on what they look like, although if we did, this might have saved us from the frog mouthed, shit bucket, Farage.

Nevertheless, back to Sturgeon. She’s a strong woman who is passionate about her politics and who is working hard for her electorate in difficult times. I may not agree with all her policies, but then I’m a contrary bugger and find most politicians tricky, so you know, meh. Anyone who is doing their job right now and not just throwing their toys out the pram is a winner for me.

I commented that it is ironic that a woman who people are teasing for looking like the twin of Wee Jimmie Krankie is still, seemingly, the only politician out there with a plan at the moment. A plan that doesn’t involve either shifting blame, shouting ‘look over there’, before running away, or climbing the greasy political pole of self aggrandisement anyway. I know I said this yesterday, but I was rather hoping someone else might have stepped forward by now.

Sadly not. It all seems like they are stepping backwards, out of the shadows and with a heavy heart.

Someone underneath my comment wrote, and I paraphrase: ‘I hope the queen of Scotland gets her country into the EU soon, and then she’ll see how many millions of pounds it’s going to cost her. Ha ha!’

There is only so much ‘face palm’ I can deal with in one day. I looked like Frank Bruno after a particularly dismal fight by this stage.

It literally baffles belief that so many people simply haven’t got a grasp on figures here. I mean, I am stunned. This, coming from the girl who failed her GCSE math’s mock because when asked to draw the circumference of a hypothetical goat travelling round a stake in a hypothetical field, drew a very real rectangle.

If I get it, it’s got to be bleeding obvious. Except apparently not according to those leavers who think we are still skipping into a glorious economic future paved with £50 notes.

It’s not even the mythical £350 million quid a week issue any more. Things are much, much worse than that.

Since Friday, we have lost so much money on the stock markets, we could have paid for EU membership for another fifty years, and that’s a conservative estimate. That’s when my oldest child will hit her seventies.  I’ll be dust by then.

I don’t think the queen of Scotland has anything to worry about while the kings of stupid are seemingly in charge of our country.

Apart from anything else, we are still in the EU and will be for two years, even if we trigger Article 50, and we won’t be there because of magic beans and our access to Cornish pasties. We’ll be paying, like everyone else.

And if we access the single market/EEA? We still pay.

And not one single leave proponent has been able to tell me how they are going to deliver the £111 billion they promised to pour into all the different sectors in the UK annually to keep us going.

Not their job apparently. I believe I was told to ‘suck it up’ because ‘the government just have to make it happen.’

As my mother used to say. ‘You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.’ We don’t have the money. It’s no good stamping your feet and demanding it. It’s not pudding. We can’t just pop over to Tesco Metro and get you some.

Leavers will argue that the markets keep stabilising. Yes, they do, but that’s not down to global markets being enthused about what we’re doing to ourselves. Trust me. And taking into account the big picture, the pound has been falling steadily for about four months, so it’s rallying against an overall drop. It’s not going back to what it was, and I don’t expect it to stabilise until someone who is at least pretending to be in charge, comes up with some kind of workable plan.

What we have instead is a lot of politicians sitting in a room jeering at each other, and basically shouting; ‘You do it! No, you do it!’ And the worst thing about yesterday? Boris and Gove weren’t even at the debate about what to do with our future. Now I’d like to think it was because someone had hog tied them to the nearest railway line and let the 3.45 from Euston roll over them, but I feel I will be disappointed. They were probably, oh, I don’t know, playing golf, or trying to erase women from history. Their usual sort of posh boy hobbies.

I’m already talking to people who have lost their chance to buy a house because the banks have redefined what they need for a mortgage. Not one, but several people have told me this today. I’m already hearing from people whose jobs are on the line because they relied on EU funding. I’m already hearing from a woman in my community whose friend had bananas and racist abuse thrown at him while trying to take his kids to primary school yesterday morning. It is not good enough. It is not good enough that our people are experiencing this. I don’t care if it is short term. It’s shit.

As for yesterday’s post:

Ninthly: We lost our third star from Moody’s. This is not about whether we can do curly croutons in our soup. This is about whether we can be trusted economically to trade. Apparently we are a lot more rubbish than we thought. Which is nice. I always like people to look at Britain and think: ‘Gosh. Overall, it’s a bit more rubbish than I thought.’

Tenthly: Nigel Farage’s execrable show at the European Parliament today. How can anyone think this man is a good representative of our country, just how? I’d rather send our cat, and she thinks she’s a dog.





91 responses to “Silk Purse to Sow’s Ear in Five Easy Days

  1. I am new to your blog and enjoying you articulating exactly what I’ve been thinking, thank you for that.
    Re Boris and Gove, this is an old article and you may have seen it already, but if not, I think it explains a lot about them

  2. Join my ‘let’s clone and export Nicola Sturgeon club’ I am pretty sure she’s the only one talking sense.

    • An entire army of them

    • Don’t stop at one we need an army of them.

    • smerlinchesters

      She is. I had misjudged so much that I can’t even believe I left Scotland now. Sorry, logging off because I need to bang my head in a wall repeatedly.

      (Kat, at some point you should add to your lists that EU citizens have been all disenfranchised or they will be soon. As a EU/UK resident I am in the electoral roll and now I will probably be kicked out. 50 years backwards in human rights, yay!! *thud* *dead*).

  3. Oh I wish I knew how this was all going to end….the not knowing and being fearful (and ashamed of the behaviour of some people) is a horrible feeling. Mind you there is no ‘quick fix’….just trouble and anxiety for years to come….how sad I was to listen to my kids talking about their future..a different one to the one we all imagined.

  4. I keep desperately scanning the horizon for a ‘cometh the hour’ hero – you know, Britain in her hour of need – King Arthur (who only sleeps under Glastonbury Tor), the Duke of Wellington, Muffin the Mule, anyone but any of the current shower of so-called candidates. But then I think I was the last one at school to stop believing in the tooth fairy…

  5. Living in a downward spiral is exceedingly scary & unsettling. Nicola Sturgeon is so refreshing to listen to. She has actually spent some time thinking of the consequences before she speaks.

    There seems to be a lot of what I call Ostrich Theory of Management.
    #1. A huge problem exists so put your head in the sand and hope that it will go away.
    #2. Take your head out of the sand, realize the problem is still there, put your head back into the sand, and hope that someone fixes it for you.
    #3. Someone pulls your head out of the sand and makes you deal with the problem.
    It looks like it will be a very long time to get to premise #3.

    There are worldwide consequences of the BREXIT vote, and the longer there are no concrete ideas of how to deal with it, the worse it will be for all the citizens of the world.

    • Careful with heaping all the praise on Sturgeon – she is a career opportunist, looking for any way to split the Union and though she may be the only politico talking sense (to at least some degree) right now, that’s hardly strong praise. I’m Scottish and grew up in Scotland, and the nationalism debate there was very divisive; they always said they wanted to be independent in the EU as there’s no way they could survive as a small indie state required to build its own frameworks that the EU provides. It’s somewhat ironic now, that a lot of Scots are seeing themselves as more European than British. That said, if you’d run a poll on Friday in Scotland for independence, I’m sure you’d have had a 75%+ vote in favour.

      Back to the Omnishambles in Westminster.

      Labour is tearing itself apart and presenting even less credible opposition to the Tories than they have been since Corbyn’s rise. He might be popular with the faithful, but Jesus, he’s toxic to the party as it stands. Either the PLP needs to oust him, and risk the accusation of no longer having the support of its own, er, supporters, or they’ll need to have wholesale changing of the guard within Labour MPs, taking the party much more to the left. A bloodbath at a general election would surely be the result, and that’s why the 1922 committee are so keen to see a Tory leader ASAP, as they could fatally wound the opposition and put Labour onto the sidelines for another 5 years or even a generation.

      The Tories might end up with a Brexiteer leader like BoJo, but that’s hardly going to be a uniting force, is it? Similarly, if Theresa May gets the job in the hope that she can stabilise the govt and not call an election until 2020, then it’s somewhat sweeping the whole thing under the carpet.

      If the LibDems got their act together, they could sweep up defecting Europhile Tories and centre ground Labour MPs, and suddenly be a force to be reckoned with again. Even Nick Clegg is looking like he knew what he was talking about all along…

      Or what if Labour split into two – Corbyn & Diane Abbot on one side with 75% of the members, wearing donkey jackets and trying to sell Socialist Worker outside the Student Unions, with David Milliband riding in to rescue the middle ground and form an alliance with the LibDems as the only credible opposition to the Govt..?

      And all of this could happen before Article 50 gets invoked, so they could go to the polls in the Autumn and claim a fresh mandate from the electorate that’s decided not to Brexit after all, after the near-death experience we’ve all faced since the stupid referendum vote. Sure, we’d have pissed off everyone in Brussels, but all we’ve said now is, “I want a divorce”, we haven’t done a Den & Angie and handed over the papers yet.

      I must be dreaming…

      [PS – just found your blog Katy, and I’m loving your work. Thanks!]

      • smerlinchesters

        Ewan, possibly right. However, she has showed she can be an intelligent and active politician, regardless of her personal investment in independence. I’ve no horse in the race so I can’t give my personal opinion in this case. However, my husband is a Scot whose work caused us to move to England for work and his comment was that ‘if we need to be in deep (****) I prefer to be on the other side of the border, at least I’m home’. Think that my husband was fiercely against independence but after what happened in the last week he’d probably vote ‘yes’ if back in Scotland.
        Sturgeon, opportunist as she is, has not shied away from her duty, regardless of her motives, and has also issued statements to reassure Eu citizens on her territory.
        Please find me another MP or English politician who has done that. To give you an idea, I’m not going out of the house without my husband because I could find myself in unpleasant situations by myself, it already happened to me before Brexit, can’t imagine how safe to wander around is for EU citizens at present (I’m originally from Italy).

      • Nicola Conway

        Way too much sense Ewan!!! Thankyou – perfect. Now can you pop round to my parents’ house and have a word please!! (and take Katy with you!) xx

  6. Chris Blackmore

    Keep going, I’m loving this, and it saves me having to say it, which I wouldn’t do this well!

  7. The one positive I’m taking from today is that the European Parliament no longer has to put up with Farage, his ‘who’s laughing now?’ comment was beyond cringe worthy. Answer – ‘everyone, you moron, and they’re laughing at you’. I also liked Juncker asking him why he was there.
    Aside from that, nope, can’t see a positive, can’t see anyone who has a plan. Do you think Boris and Gove know that saying they have a plan is not the same as actually having one?
    Wishing I could wake up now . . .

    • Exactly, I work for a German company and am now embarrassed every time I have anything to do with them. They are like “we thought you English were sensible, like us, but we see you are lunatics, and as for Mr Farage…”

  8. I read a comment today that someone wanted to ‘get back in to her bubble with her family and her dog’. It scares me that the enormity of the situation we are in, is passing people by.

    As did yesterdays Express headline – evidently David is not invoking article 50 because he’s trying to ruin our chances of a good outcome by holding it up. No mention of the fact this could take 2 years.

    Please don’t ‘suck-it up’. I certainly don’t intend to, and I am beginning to care less if I am annoying people! Because of you I have today also joined a political party and the Electoral Reform Society.

  9. All our fears and heartache about the Brexit result wonderfully articulated- thank you so much for writing. A woman after my own heart! I belong to a group called The48+, a diverse group holding discussions and looking at what the 48% stands for and what unites us. We will keep our voice heard. We would love to add your voice to ours, and those of the many people who follow you. Please have a look at our facebook page, like us if you feel so inclined, and join a discussion:
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    Let’s join together and be heard!

  10. John Marshall

    I’ve only read yesterday and today, but so far, I can not disagree with you.

  11. Farage was an embarrassment. He reminded me of a South Park episode where Cartman shouts “nyana nyana nyaaa nyaaa, I’m more mature than yoo oo”.

    “Who’s laughing now?” … “Let’s be grown ups” … “We’ll be your best friend, just let us trade with you for free.”

    Great diplomacy there Farage, the only way you could make it worse is by spilling beer on some of the other attendees.

  12. Skinneydipper

    Katy, it’s a pleasure to read your blog, we agree on so many things. I am more than livid, not only with the Brexit, but here in Spain the most corrupt party ever to have walked on earth has been voted in again. I despair of people, can’t they see the nose infront of their damned face. I could weep!

  13. Please keep ranting! You’re proof that there’s at least a few sane people left xx

  14. You have summed up in two posts everything that I’m currently feeling and in a far more artculate manner than I am currently capable of. Thank you for that!

  15. After several minutes of watching Farage speak at the EU, I was so sickened I had to stop the video. Apparently, gloating and insults are far more important to him than exercising any form of diplomacy when it comes to the people with whom Britain will have to negotiate 45% of our trade. I could see our prospects being damaged with every word out of his mouth. Thank god for the Scottish MEP to remind them that not all Brits are like Farage.
    Keep up with the commentary please, Katy, you’re expressing what I think far more eloquently than I can right now, and you’ve inspired me to look into what forms of constructive action I can take. Thank you.

  16. toshandbillhooks

    A friend shared your yesterday’s blog on fb today. You’ve said pretty much everything I’ve been thinking and with as much anger as I’m feeling (keep it up), and written it beautifully. Thank you.

    I joined a political party for the first time yesterday too, turns out so did a close friend. I wonder how many others? Both have had enough of just sitting back and letting the shit happen and then being annoyed about it. I also joined a union, because I think we’re going to need them even more now that the EU will no longer be ‘controlling us’ with their evil human rights legislation.

    The most depressing thing about the whole disaster (the rabid xenophobia is a very close second), which has left me sad and/or angry every morning since Friday, is how many people voted (either way) based on such gross misinformation, half truths, or downright lies. How are they allowed to get away with this? Advertisers aren’t. There’s a petition on : Restore truthful politics: create an independent office to monitor political campaigns.

    Nicola Sturgeon, brilliant. Thoughts on Caroline Lucas, the only other politician I can see engaging brain before opening mouth?

  17. At last ,after so much ‘why are you posting so much about Brexit?’ and get over it and it will be OK and I’m bored and you are sore losers and having a friend called a traitor on my FB because they commented on something, etc etc,a place where sanity exists. It is sadly lacking in the rest of the country, and I rather feel like I am living an episode ,no an entire series of Yes Minister.Thank you for the blogs so much.

  18. Thank you. I laughed.

  19. Quite brilliant Katy, keep it up.

    Did you watch Hesseltine on Newsnight – look a serious politician who knows what he’s talking about!

  20. That very thing *applauding*

  21. Can somebody please just gag bloody Farage? Every time he opens his mouth I want to slap him.

  22. Jane Campbell

    Katy I used yesterdays blog all over the place. Thank you so much. I was debating people on a facebook page “March to Parliament Against Brexit” and it was being trolled left right and centre by people saying “this is democracy get over it ” and “we won get over it” and “stop wasting time with this kind of crap and get over it”. So I cut and pasted your blog (giving you credit of course) as replies. Your first 7 points make excellent replies. So thank you. You say it so much better than I and I had it there as a ready resource for the next troll. Bless you

  23. I’m one of your new-found fans too. Very eloquent – can we have you as Prime Minister?

    I’m glad you picked up on the financial meltdown, and just how trivial our EU contribution is compared with the total economy.

    Just to put it into perspective, the value of RBS has fallen significantly since the referendum. And we, the British public, following the 2007 financial crisis, now own most of RBS.

    The fall in the value of our investment in RBS alone is sufficient to pay our EU contributions for a whole year.

    So bad luck to the NHS, farmers, scientific funding and deprived UK regions, as a country we’ve already spent our ‘savings’ for this year. So there’s none left for you. You’d better ask Boris, Gove et al where the money’s going to come from now.

  24. Having been watching Britain (may need to start calling it England) go through this divisive referendum from across the Atlantic, I am glad to have found your blog. It is hard to understand this train wreck and I realize now, that it is in fact almost incomprehensible. We have lots of Americans saying they may come across the border into Canada if Trump is elected – are you considering moving to Scotland?

  25. Wonderful Katyboo and thank you for helping to articulate what I’ve been struggling to process myself for days.

    I particularly like 7. I thought that and couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t see anyone else raising it.

    If you Remainders are struggling with this, have an additional thought to those of us within the wider family are also struggling. I know you don’t have time, and I don’t blame you. But it might be worth thinking about how the rest of the member states of the EU are working through our own emotions.

    Basically we’ve been part of a collective family for over 40 years. At the beginning we attended the wedding and heard all the vows and as a result we acted on the assumption we were a blended family. We attended some really boring family events, put up with your totally crazy Aunt Mary and her unreasonable demands for a better place by the fire at Christmas and her somewhat bigoted remarks about the darkies; and equally you put up with our mad as a sackful of snakes Uncle Jo, who would pinch all the female relatives bottoms and insist it was just a joke and mutter that this “feminism” has got out of hand. Most of us rolled our eyeballs and were tolerant and muttered in asides, “Shame but we are family”.

    Now in a stroke, we have someone from your side of the family appearing at Christmas Dinner and having the worst drunken speech ever. “You are fuck wits for ever marrying into this famil. I told you 17 years ago I was going to divorce your mother/brother/nephew/cousin and I saw you all rolling your eyeballs with exaggerated patience but who is laughing now? Anyway despite none of you ever having worked a day in your life, you have to act as reasonable people (despite the lack of example I’m giving). So this is how it is going to go. You will admit you are wasters, but I’ll continue to attend the family events you hold (you are not invited to any of mine), you will continue giving my son, your godson, excessive and expensive presents on his birthday and at Christmas. I might vaguely remember I’m Godmother to your daughter/niece but whatever…….”

    Those of us in Ireland are very worried, we have a border with you, and a relationship that goes back about 800 years and boy has it had its ups and downs – ok so maybe the ups have only been in the past 100 years, but many on either side of a border within a single island, tried desperately not to focus on the past and a blame game and but forging ahead to a common goal – no more fecking violence. The issue of whose flag was planted in a particular garden was pushed aside in respect of “does it matter as long as the family who live there could raise their children in peace and educate them to look beyond the insular and embrace the wider goal?”. We really tried not to bring up the relentless invasion of territories, suppression of religion (wished that had worked better) and language and culture. We cringed at the mention of IRA and had to fight the automatic kick back and inflammatory response of “wouldn’t be a problem if in 16xx you hadn’t ……”. We fought our own demons, sent our sons to fight in two world wars to support you.

    And now it seems we are back in some unknown zone as a result of party politics that didn’t bother to consider our needs.

    Why was a referendum raised without considering the vote of member states within a wider United Kingdom – did neither the Northern Ireland or Scottish parliament raise the question before hand of what would be done if either or both voted in opposition of the combined group?

    Why didn’t the member states put forward our own plea of why we are better together instead of somewhat sitting on the sidelines, muttering under our breaths and rolling our eyeballs. Why didn’t we put forwards our own plea of “we have our own disenfranchised and we need to work together as a community to find a way to support them”. Instead we watched on the sidelines, with a lot of atrophy and not a lot of empathy. We sat and waited. We’ll now together as a European community pay the price.

    • Fantastic comment. Thank you. x

      • No madam, thank you. Am taking a leaf out of your book and am getting active, the only thing to help with the rage I find. What a pity Mhairi Black is too young (give her five years) and too busy with Scotland.

    • Nicola Conway

      So very well said!! As someone who has many friends in NIreland I too am fearful for the future. Too many people do not realise the consequences of this vote on the fragile peace there. And it is a bit fragile – but now it is teetering on the edge. How absolutely disgusting that the people of that beautiful province are now in fear,because their representative in govt voted leave – Villiers,the person who is supposed to represent the government there ,has betrayed everyone and very possibly set the country on to a treacherous path. I feel for you and every single person there. Having spent a lot of happy times in NIreland,with both Catholic and Protestant friends,and both before and after the Peace process,my heart goes out to you all. But please believe ,you still have friends here. xxx

      • Thank you, very kind and reassuring words, although I sit on the other side of what has been wonderfully nothing much of a border for years.

  26. I feel really bad about saying this, but I’m going to. If last week’s referendum had been based upon votes multiplied by IQ, there would have been no contest.

    We elect a government to make decisions for us on the basis that they are employed by us to look after our best interests. You don’t buy a dog and bark yourself, and yet that’s exactly what has been allowed to happen.

    The people that we elect and keep in a job have abdicated their responsibility and foisted some difficult decisions back on people who are disgruntled, and have no capacity to understand what was thrown at them. And those people have voted based upon their own limited world-view, sense of disgruntlement and distrust, and inability to understand such issues. Decisions on the future of our country have been given back to people who don’t have the capacity to understand the ramifications of their actions.

    I know this sounds condescending and a part of me hates myself for saying it, but it’s true. The largest minority of our voting citizens have chosen to believe the views of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, rather than Warren Buffett, the IMF, the Bank of England and everyone else who can see beyond the end of their nose. And now we’re all in the pooh.

    However, the victorious majority/minority are still too busy basking in their glory to realise that all of our futures have gone to hell in a hand-cart. And they won’t realise until it hits them in the face, by which time it will be too late, and they will find someone else to hang the blame on.

    Those of us who can see further have the choice to sit back and watch everything that we’ve worked for and the future of our children go up in blazes or do something about it. And when it comes to doing something about it, I think it must involve a General Election prior to pushing the Article 50 button, and encouraging one or more of our political parties to stand on the basis of a ‘remain’ manifesto.

    If we can achieve that, I believe we have a chance… if we can’t, I’m prepared to do this country a favour by buggering off somewhere better like Romania.

    • Thank you for your c comment.

    • Nicola Conway

      You are more than right Peter!! And am thinking of setting up a business selling handcarts – it may be the only business to survive the next few years!!! Am sick of people not seeing “below the surface” and telling me “it will all be ok”. It won’t and it will more different and much less ok than it is now. xx

  27. Katy , firstly can I say your not on your own. I read your comments yesterday finding them increasingly a perfect description of where I am on this whole mess. If I had one disagreement it is with your comments on the Queen. As my children well know I look to her as the last resort if either the lunatic left or right were to ever gain control. Brexit may or may not help the economy , I think not but what does that matter when the experts can’t agree. It’s irrelevant anyway because a huge crash is coming, I don’t know when but it will arrive. You can’t maintain an ever growing national debt and low to negative interest rates and believe this is a sustainable position. My greatest concern is that like the 1930’s we will have political instability , failing leadership and then a massive recession. Lieing in wait as last week proved are the loonies of the right ready to fill the void with lies and appeals to the baser elements of human nature. The Queen may yet need to use her power with the armed forces yet!!! It’s an extreme view I know but leaving Europe makes the continent a much less safe place. The first person to congratulate the UK was Marie Le Penn which sends shivers down my spine!!

  28. Fantastic piece of writing – only thing I’d say is that it would be more poetic if they’d been run over by the Eurostar to Brussels dragging as you say “frog faced Farage” behind them!

    You’ve made a lot of people’s day.

  29. trying to link to you on my own wordpress blog account but it says this is not a valid UrL or something – p.s. bet I am even older than you lol xx

  30. Thank you for such an enjoyable blog that I have only just discovered. And thank you for putting my faith back in the British people, as after 21 years in this country as a EU citizen, I lost all my faith in a civilised, democratic society starting to suspect that every nice Briton I had met over the years were in fact a “closet Farage”!

    • We’re with you. Don’t despair of all of us

    • smerlinchesters

      We’re two, Mrs Finntastic. I do hope my husband and I will be able to leave at some point (Cameron absolute lack of a plan shows that nobody in the gov knows what to do with us EU citizens! Ending up like toilet paper, eeek), because it’s clear that even though ‘our’ relationships with British people can be patched up, yet it seems I cannot see the same future I used to just 15 days ago. Even though there won’t be any silly talk of deportation, is this a climate of fear and worry I want to experience until I die? Probably not. Time will tell, but I don’t like the look of it already.

    • Nicola Conway

      Have discovered that I have “closet Farages” in my family too!!! And any attempt to counter them is met with “It’ll be ok – nothing is going to happen for 2 years!” – well that’s ok then!!!!

  31. I found your blog via a link on a friend’s FB page. I would love to say I am ‘enjoying’ it, but that’s perhaps not the right word. All we need now is for an alien invasion fleet to materialise over London and we’ve got the lot! It’s like the plot for a particularly badly-scripted disaster movie, only it’s actually happening. I see Stephen Crabb is one of those putting himself forward for PM. You know, the one who believes in a ‘gay cure’. Boris is favourite, though, so that’s alright then. 😦

  32. Well said Katy! Thank you 💙

  33. Nicola Conway

    Katy,you had me at “kings of stupid”!!! In fact I cheered out loud and almost choked on my wine!!!!!! Keep going – and keep debating. I love your blog!!! xx

  34. Thank you so much for your blog, just what I needed to keep me sane…this is my view (sorry for the long post….)
    Firstly Nicola would never have been caught without a plan; the SNP were caught out like that during the Independence Ref in 2014 – it was one of the reasons they lost and she will never be caught like that again, she is a clever woman and whatever happens for Scotland, she will do her level best to get the best deal……but this is Scotland, we currently have possible options for a better future than the rest of the U.K.
    So, the U.K. – I am devastated about the result, I am so sad, disappointed and angry and I am trying to find a way to deal with it. In my view, there are 4 broad scenarios (and many permutations)
    1. Section 50 is started straight away, Britain finds new markets all over the world, we don’t have to rely on the EU, we control our immigration and we flourish financially and we are Great Britain again; we have to put up with Farage gloating but the UK is doing well and that’s what important (I am struggling typing this……)
    2. Section 50 is started straight away, we realise that we need the EU, trade deals with the rest of the world and being in the EU common Market costs us the same (and more) and we have to have free movement of people but the economy does not go down the toilet – 48% not happy but relieved, proportion of 52% who voted against immigration and the money going out the UK will not be happy.
    3. For various reasons, Section 50 never happens (blocked in parliament, 2nd Ref, a snap election); 48% relieved, a large proportion of 52% furious and feeling betrayed.
    4. Section 50 is started, it is the complete disaster we had been dreading happens, 48% devastated, a fair section of 52% raging at them being “lied to”.
    The bottom line is there are going to some unhappy people in this country whatever happens and the one party ready to mop them up is UKIP – I find that the scariest of all.
    I am hoping that a reason is found to stop Section 50 being started but I want to help make sure there is a credible opposition to the Tories when needed as UKIP will have a field day. The only real possibility is Labour but what a mess they are in. So, to try and make me feel as if I have an impact, I am joining the Labour Party so I can have some(tiny) influence on what happens in the selection of a new leader that can unite the party; if it goes any way to slowing UKIP spreading its vile tentacles then I will feel I have achieved something – this is the only thing keeping my head from exploding at the moment.
    I believe in the UK and I believe in the EU and I want to fight as hard as I can for them.

  35. Katherine Klinger

    This is a seriously brilliant blog! It’s taking me about three hours to get out of the house at the moment, because I wake at 6 and then there’s so much to read/ texts to answer and friends to shout with. And then you bloody come along. Another hour and twenty cut and pastes to send.
    Now, I just want the whole of our system to go into total meltdown: economically, politically and constitutionally – just like that Dutch guy said. That’s the only way I can see that we can get pulled back. That it becomes so OBVIOUSLY crazy, that even the great democracy that used their bloody pencils as a bit of a joke, beg us to stay in.
    Labour’s obliged us by disintegrating (no offence but has anyone suggested, in a passive/aggressive gentle kind of way like he does….that maybe he needs to see a doc?); Sarah Vine might just become my new best friend if she carries on hitting the send button to whoever she doesn’t mean to …..I mean her reporting of their reaction when someone woke them to say they’d won ….’omg we so totally didn’t mean it ‘, is beyond the beyond.
    I keep wanting the shares to just plunge to 1926 levels; I want those well-dressed Europeans (sob) to give us not a millimetre of wiggle room.
    I just want to wake up and read your blog and you tell me that Nicola and Ruth are running the country and Caroline’s pouring the drinks. Ok?

  36. Alaster McDonach

    Just keep going. Who is Lady Macbeth and Michael Give going to do in tomorrow.

  37. Thank you so much for putting into words what I have been thinking! I have to keep reminding myself, there ARE intelligent beings out there and your blog has proved that. I am one of those people who came across it when a friend shared your “Happy Now?” post. I have also been SO angry at being told “it is what it is, move on”. I also have asked people what they propose to do to get the other half of the country to “pull together to make this country great again”, and I got the answer “if they have to be persuaded they’re not worth bothering about”……!!

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