Hoorah, the pound is at its lowest in three decades in comparison to the dollar and UKIP leader Nigel Farage has fled from accepting responsibility for promoting a campaign he didn’t fully realise the consequences. Britain has seen better days.
Nigel Farage has resigned as leader of UKIP stating that his “political ambition has been achieved” and that he will not be retracting it this time. As the UK staggers and reels, trying to get organised for future negotiations, Farage has conveniently relinquished responsibility of his party, who enthusiastically supported the extravagant unofficial leave campaign, convincing the public that the EU is preventing Britain from truly flourishing as a nation. His resignation indicates to me that he is uncertain of the final outcome of Brexit and if it evolves into catastrophe, he is unwilling to be associated with its ramifications. He claims he has fulfilled his ambitions but Britain has not yet gained independence from the EU and moreover asserting that “If there is too much backsliding by the Government and with the Labour Party detached from many of its voters then UKIP’s best days may yet to come”. If this is true, why did he quit so suddenly? Even though he declared, “I now feel that I’ve done my bit, that I couldn’t possibly achieve more,” Britain’s retreat from the EU is shrouded in uncertainty and there is still much more to be done.
Furthermore, I believe that the scaremongering tactics he invested in such as the ‘breaking point’ poster which Douglas Carswell described as “it’s not just morally wrong, it’s electorally disastrous”, has lead to others denouncing Farage and it has emerged that his strategy prompted death threats against him and his family. The poster features a long, crowded, infinite line of refugees at the border of Slovenia with the words ‘breaking point’ printed in bold. This Nazi-style propaganda attacked the most vulnerable and fragile community who did not leave their war-torn countries of their own free will but was forced to flee due to the violence of militant groups. The world mourns when bombs explode in Western countries and shake the foundations of society but when these people have encountered death at their very doors, blood and horror, we deny them safety, asylum or even concern? They do not want to travel for days with scarcely any food or water to live in filthy camps where they are stripped of their rights and surrounded by strangers, yet you would do the same for your family if placed in the same situation and you would most definitely expect to be given refuge. The perks of being a Westerner I guess. They want to return home, to the country that was their home before it was ravaged by war, a war that the West is partly responsible for. Children have lost their families, most refugees are terrified, scarred and starving yet people prioritise their greed over the needs of others and regard them as a burden, condemning them as not worth saving because resources will be used to provide them with basic needs while we have to work for ours. How can we call ourselves human when we seem to have lost all our humanity?
Farage recognises that Britain’s future is precarious and he has now successfully evaded blame if the situation is exacerbated. He knows how to play the game.
Subsequent to Andrea Leadsom withdrawing from the race, Theresa May has now secured her place as Britain’s new Prime Minister and will officially adopt the role on Wednesday. It seems that people aren’t too concerned and some are even breathing a sigh of relief as Ken Clarke declares her a “bloody difficult women” and the public conclude she will drive a hard bargain at the EU negotiations. I am frustrated that I was not given the chance to choose my own Prime Minister and I cannot agree with May’s policies, as I don’t think they are progressive or humane. She is determined to attain power and discrimination is the main element of her campaign.