Just to cheer you up, a post about Brexit
The country is still seriously and angrily divided, and the days until 29th March are disappearing fast.
So here is my suggestion:
The Government should obtain Parliamentary approval to seek a six-month delay in Brexit to September 2019. In alliance with the Opposition, it should then pass legislation for a new referendum, to take place at the middle or end of June.
On the ballot paper will be two questions:
1. In 2016 the UK voted to Leave. Do you wish to change this decision and Remain in the EU?
2. If the UK leaves the EU, should it be a) in accordance with the plan already negotiated; or b) without a deal?
Crucially, it should be made clear in advance and on the ballot paper that the Remain option, which is a change to the current status quo, needs to obtain 55% (or even 60%) of the votes cast to win. Question 2 will be majority vote.
Also crucially, no campaigning for either (any) side will be permitted.
No politicians being interviewed on the Today programme. No slogans on buses. No public meetings or demos. No editorial comment. No T-shirts. No sponsored ads on Facebook.
And no opinion polling.
Responsibility for breaching the campaigning ban will be laid at the head of any organisation, not their minions, and the penalty will be a lengthy prison term.
The only advertising permitted will be to explain the actual process; to encourage registration to vote; and to point out that anyone who does not vote thereby forfeits their right to criticise the government on any matter, ever again.
This role of public information will be handed over to an approved list of National Treasures, the majority of which team will be people not currently involved in either side of the debate. It should however include one or two respected members from Leave and Remain (equal representation.)
In the meantime, government will be permitted to quietly proceed with their preparations for Brexit, eg arranging for emergency transport of supplies. A one-off tax on all forms of personal capital (property ownership, deposit accounts, shares) will be levied to compensate British businesses for the expenses and difficulty of the whole process whichever way it goes.
On the day of the referendum soothing music will be played on all stations.
The above is my dream for 2019…
Happy New Year, and love from the PPI Blogger