Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and certain others
(The planned post on Lent has been set aside for this even more topical one.)
In the current confusion about Brexit, I’ve been struck by many things, but one is personal.
(None of what follows relates in any way to ordinary friends and acquaintances who voted Leave, and who continue to campaign for Leave. Many of them had and have civilised and even Christian reasons for their decision. And there’s no doubt that the EU is a very imperfect organisation.)
However, as a staunch and unrepentant Remainer, I am not happy with the behaviour of the people at the top, mainly in the Tory party, who promoted Leave.
In my possibly jaundiced view, they encouraged the country to resent Europe for decades, and then pushed us into a completely unthought-through referendum, without even agreeing among themselves what Brexit meant, ie hard or soft. They argued for “sovereignty”, which they interpreted as not obeying larger rules than Britain’s own, thus undermining the very concepts of international law and global co-operation. They fought this campaign dishonestly, and played on racism.
They then consistently blamed and continue to blame all the resulting chaos on everyone except themselves, in particular on the EU negotiators and on their hapless Prime Minister, to whom they were and are equally consistently disloyal. (The entire backstop issue has arisen because the Brexiters didn’t have a solution to the predictable problem of the Irish border. It was plainly their job to make a viable plan for this, and to do it before June 2016.)
When people began to say, “Isn’t this a mess? Maybe we should vote again?” they responded that this showed contempt for democracy, an“argument” that appears designed to stir up civil hatred and possibly even violence in a manner almost criminally irresponsible. I cannot type about it without getting up to walk around the room.
All this was at a time when the world faces one of the greatest challenges ever, one which unquestionably needs to be met urgently and with a united approach around the globe.
You may disagree with some of the above, but I think it’s the view of many Remainers.
When I think and type these things, I am filled with an almost uncontrollable rage, despair and frustration. What I have come to see in the last few days, is that this consistent reaction means that I look on these people as my enemies.
I’ve very rarely had enemies.
And there’s the rub. My enemies. So I have a duty to forgive and love them.
This is very difficult, partly because the wrong they are doing to me, and to our country, and to the world, is not a past action, but is still ongoing. They’re not sorry, and they’re still doing it, and it may – probably will – get worse and worse. (This is what is known as Project Fear?)
How can I love these people? Genuinely, how do I do it?
I suppose I start by not “liking” insults to them on Facebook. And by finding a way to engage with the process and debate without the above rant.
No, of course you’re right. I start with prayer.
Love from the PPI Blogger