It’s been a tumultuous couple of years.

This whole Brexit fiasco has opened up divisions in our society that we never even knew existed.

We’ve got left versus right, right versus hard right, left versus hard left and that’s just the politicians.

In society itself we’ve been torn asunder as battle lines are drawn up as the debate rages on and on and on and on and on.

There’s old versus young, rich versus poor, educated versus non-educated, gammon versus snowflake.

©Calyx Picture Agency Berxit / Anti Fascism protest at the Cenotaph in Swindon. Yellow jackets pro Brexit and “right wing”

To quote Nigel Farage’s ill thought out – and blatantly racist – poster from the campaign, ‘We are at breaking point’.

Something has got to give before we all do untold damage to ourselves.

But the arguments rage on like an unstoppable hurricane with people never waivering from their poles apart viewpoints.

There’s nothing wrong with voicing your opinions but we’re all now shouting at the top of our voices at a brick wall of opposing forces who are also shouting at the top of their voices.

Some of the loudest shouts are completely nonsensical and don’t even pass the slightest investigation.

©Calyx Picture Agency Berxit / Anti Fascism protest at the Cenotaph in Swindon. Yellow jackets pro Brexit and “right wing”

Personally my biggest bugbear that I have seen repeated verbatim thanks to a certain Theresa May is ‘Brexit Means Brexit’. Let’s break that down in an imaginary argument between Tom, Dick and Harry.

Tom: ‘Brexit Means Brexit’

Dick: ‘Okay, but what does Brexit actually mean?’

Tom: ‘Brexit Means Brexit’

Dick: ‘Yes, but what is Brexit? What does it actually mean? What kind of Brexit? Hard Brexit? Soft Brexit? No Deal Brexit? What does it actually mean?’

Tom: ‘It means… urm… Brexit doesn’t it?’

Dick: ‘But what is Brexit?’

Harry: ‘Hi guys, I’ve got the new iPhone XS. Aren’t I great?’

Tom and Dick: ‘Shut up Harry. We hate you!’

We are at it like rabbits when it comes to having a good argument. And we’re all immovable objects. All of us feel that all of us are right and that everyone else is wrong.

But there are degrees of right and wrong.

I blame the referendum campaign where both remain and leave campaigns decided to veer away from their strongest cases.

For instance the Leave campaign could have put forward the argument that the EU isn’t perfect. It is overstuffed and full of red tape and there are inequalities inherent in the system where some countries benefit a lot more than others. To get anything done takes an age and it needs a complete overhaul to work so we would be better off out of it.

©Calyx Picture Agency Berxit / Anti Fascism protest at the Cenotaph in Swindon. Yellow jackets pro Brexit and “right wing”

But they didn’t. They just played the immigration card telling us mere mortals that it’s those ‘foreigners’ coming over here taking all of our jobs that are to blame for our creaking infrastructure (when in fact it had been austerity that caused our infrastructure to creak and immigration had had a net benefit).

And The Remain campaign weren’t much better.

They could have argued about all the benefits of the EU. All the good they have done with workers’ rights, farming subsidies, cultural grants, peace and trade. There were a thousand good arguments as to why we should stay in the EU but instead the Remain campaign decided to go down the lot sexier route saying that if you vote ‘Leave’ you will all die in some kind of financial armageddon. You know? Project Fear.

It was negative fighting negative. And no wonder that it turned the entire country against itself.

And now we’re left in a situation where none of us know what’s going to happen and we’re only weeks away from it actually happening.

©Calyx Picture Agency Berxit / Anti Fascism protest at the Cenotaph in Swindon. Yellow jackets pro Brexit and “right wing”

And even now we’re still arguing although we should all be hiding our duvets watching Netflix until it’s all over and hope that the birds are still singing and the sun is still shining when we emerge.

Dick: ‘I think we should have a People’s Vote!’

Tom: ‘That’s not democracy. You lost. Get over it.’

Dick: ‘Actually Tom, a vote is democracy by its very nature.’

Tom: ‘You can’t keep having votes? What is this best of three?’

Dick: ‘But we know more now. We’ll be voting more on what the deal looks like.’

Tom: ‘But that’s not democracy. There’ll be rioting in the streets.’

Harry: ‘Hi guys, have you seen my pictures I’ve just posted of me in Las Vegas. I had a great time!’

Tom and Dick: ‘Shut up Harry. We hate you!’

©Calyx Picture Agency Berxit / Anti Fascism protest at the Cenotaph in Swindon. Yellow jackets pro Brexit and “right wing”

Soon, we should actually find out what’s going to happen and hopefully we can all start getting along again and the anger will subside.

But I’m just a lefty snowflake so what do I know?

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