Upddated 14 December: I allowed myself a rare personal opinion post the night before the election and so I’ll close the circle by posting my feelings now that the dust has settled a bit, and I’ve caught up with a bit of sleep!
So, Mr Johnson, happy Christmas, do come in, and let me introduce you to reality …
Labour gone, at least for a generation, a year to negotiate future political and trading relationships with the EU or else face a WTO which the public think they want but don’t actually know the first thing about and which Donald Trump is, anyway, in the process right now, when he’s not being impeached, of breaking up …
Result of this is not, actually, likely to be a No Trade Deal cliff-edge on 31 Dec 2020 but a cave-in to EU negotiators along the lines of the WAB(BJ), a deal that was not “negotiated by the miracle negotiator in a month” but one that was already there, had already been presented, and rejected, as PotentialWAB(TM) before ActualWAB(TM) came into existence.
Either way, I think, from a residents’ rights/citizenship perspective, there’ll be a Withdrawal Agreement now so we, as third-country nationals in the EU won’t be suddenly in limbo, and ultimately, with the DUP hardly existing and the ERG as useful to Johnson now as a chocolate teapot, the deals will align the UK so closely with the EU that leaving will possibly hardly be noticeable.
The differences will be blue passports, loss of freedom of movement and influence within EU decision making that directly affects us, and the exchange of our paper Registros for a 3rd-country nationals’ plastic card, the TIE.
And there’s always the possibility that Guy Verhofstadt will re-present his “EU citizenship for Brits who want it in addition to British nationality” offer … and although that was offered to TM and rejected (I now understand), Johnson might not chuck it out of the window. His main thing, apparently, is wanting to be “liked”.
So after a bit of a rest from the fight we lost, and getting myself together and licking my wounds for 24 hours or so, I see room for optimism. Not for the United Kingdom, which I don’t think will be united for too much longer, nor for its economic or social well-being, but for us, as Brits in Spain. I think it could be OK … not as good as it has been perhaps, but OK.
Original post 11 December: For once, I’ll allow myself a personal and political post on this website. I normally try, I hope usually successfully, to post impartially and without partisanship. This General Election, however, is the most significant of my lifetime in terms of the future direction of the UK. As such, I urge everyone to vote to protect the country, its unwritten constitution developed through centuries, its NHS, its foreign workers, its homeless, its poor, its underprivileged, its hungry, its children’s future … and of course, those of us who remain British but who live in the EU, some of us victims of the Tories’ broken promises – yet more broken promises – to allow votes for life because being British lasts forever and wherever one is. Unless there’s a Tory Government.
The future of the United Kingdom is at stake. That is a future as a union with Scotland and Northern Ireland, its existence as a civilized, welcoming and open society, with an economically secure future in which the country can hold its head up internationally as a major leader in an increasingly fragile world for democracy, one in which the poor aren’t made pariahs for the simple benefit of billionaires, one in which children can expect hospital treatment without being kept for hours untreated on floors, one in which foodbanks are not needed because people are treated with dignity … all this depends on the Tories not being able to form a majority Government on Friday morning.
For the sake of the future, of the country, and of yours and my children and grandchildren, never mind our own lives, please vote tactically in this election. Vote for anyone who will treat people as deserving human beings, and that means vote for anyone who will not be a representative of the most right-wing Conservative Party in years, a Party that has chucked out any semblance of humanity along with most of its MPs who were “centrists”. To avoid a return to the 1920s, which underpinned the horrors of the 1930s, please, for god’s sake, vote for change, whichever Party represents your best chance for change, and to reset the future and to stop it repeating itself.