In a small gathering of English, Dutch, Spanish and American friends on Saturday 30 March here at El Parral, we celebrated with paella the day after the much-trumpeted “Brexit” day 29 March, and declared “We are European!”
The Brexiters have been confounded – or to put it simply, they have confounded themselves – and it is clear, as they fight each other like rats in a sack, that they had no practical plan for what Brexit meant or how to achieve it. Immense damage has been done to the United Kingdom – which may not survive as a Union – and to Britain’s reputation for having the Mother of Parliaments. Our situation as British living in Europe has been thrown into uncertainty by the irresponsibility of Leavers, including some deranged British who reside here in mainland Europe and voted for something which any fool could see was going to damage our lives here, but also remove from their own children and grandchildren the right to free movement that they themselves have enjoyed. Madness.
As I said to a Spanish friend “Los britanicos no pueden organizar un buen Brexit, entonces ¡mejor que se callan y aprenden preparar una buena paella!” The British cannot organise a good Brexit, so it is better that they shut up and learn how to prepare a good paella! 🇪🇺 🥘
Who knows where we go from here? More chaos in Parliament this week is guaranteed to get a worldwide audience, as it has now become everyone’s favourite soap opera. The national embarrassment is complete.
Here at El Parral, life goes on, whatever this madness ends up doing to our future health care, our pensions, our reputation. I have one more year to wait for the opportunity to apply for a Spanish passport. Ten years continuous residence is the qualifying factor.
In today’s Observer there is an excellent article by Nick Cohen on the way paranoia gives rise to populism and dodgy politics on both right and left. He says, “We are at an exceptional moment because paranoia is nurtured and exploited by the powerful and turned from everyday bitterness into global ideologies. An under-reported consequence, which makes sense as soon as you think about how easily supporters of Johnson, Trump and Corbyn can lie, is the collapse of ordinary morality.”
Goodbye Britain: we didn’t leave you, but you left us. Leavers: enjoy your attempt to “take back control” and please start by controlling your own paranoia.