BREXIT: Turned off by the soap opera

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There are many things for which I believe the Leave voters need forgiveness, not least is the increase of hate crimes and anti-immigrant feelings in the UK.

There is also the fact that they have caused offence to our continental friends and neighbours, and have caused the UK a great deal of uncertainty over our future.

But perhaps the worst aspect is the long, boring and utterly turgid soap opera that has been running in the Tory Party since before the referendum.

Much of the plot is worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy, but is far less interesting. Think Macbeth or Julius Caesar, where legitimate leaders are disposed of by people they considered their friends and colleagues.

All of this is allegedly in the interests of ‘the people’.

To me, it seems to be in the interests of those in pursuit of power.

The soap opera is so exciting that I simply switch off news or current affairs programmes the minute that Brexit is mentioned.

And, I wonder, who are ‘the people’?

According to lore, the majority of Leave voters were older people, but according to Government statistics some 30,000 to 40,000 older people die each year through lack of heating or perhaps other lack of care.

Therefore, since the start of the referendum campaign we can assume that somewhere in the region of 100,000 older people will not now be voting, and in the meantime there will have been a large intake of new, young voters, allegedly Remainers.

So ‘the people’ who are now thinking about leaving the EU are not necessarily the same people who voted to leave in 2016.

Many of us just want the whole miserable, boring soap opera to end. Many other voters will also have been alienated by the activities of our MPs and will be sorry we ever got involved.

If only the Labour Party was blessed with effective leadership, management and political skills it could have brought this sorry mess to an end long ago.

MJ Tuckwell,

Shilbottle