The banality of Brexit

Stonebridge, Lyndsey (2018) The banality of Brexit. In: Brexit and Literature. Routledge, London, pp. 7-14. ISBN 9780815376682

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Stupid. Men too stupid to think about the consequences of their actions tricked the British into making a fatally stupid decision. This is how Brexit is most commonly described. In the UK our stupid politicians tend to actually look stupid. It’s a clever but dangerous deception. Boris Johnson, the boy with the flyaway hair and the love of a doting mother in his eyes, roaring and thumping the pride of Britain throughout the campaign, was left mouthing bland nothings the day after his success. On the same morning, buffoon-in-chief Nigel Farage, he of the marionette jaw and the patent shoes patterned with the Union Jack flag, exulted: “And we’ll have won it, without a single bullet being fired.” Barely 24 hours earlier the body of Jo Cox MP had been released to her family; the coroner recorded that she had died of ‘multiple stab and gunshot wounds’.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 13:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 18:30
DOI: 10.4324/9781351203197

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