In this talk I grapple with the existential and ethical dimensions of Bwrecksit – who will benefit, who will suffer, both short and long term ? I go into the deep history of the situation we are in and explain that the long term consequences of this fatally flawed referendum choice, if implemented rather than being referred to for a second referendum, will be the breakup of the United Kingdom in its current form.
This talk is an appeal to the intellectuals of the UK and all who love and respect our country with all its diverse cultures, traditions, religions and communities living side by side, to stand up and prevent Brexit from being implemented. As a last resort, the author also proposes proscribing the Conservative party as a treasonable and terrorist organisation which is in the brink of pursuing policies that will destroy the country.
In this same draft bill it is also proposed that politicians in Parliament have by law to tell the truth on all matters of fact concerning business before parliament, and if found to have lied, automatically lose office, and lose their license to be a politician. As a licensed and fully qualified teacher, Dr Daffern explains that the political profession is the last resort of scoundrels and mountebanks, who need no qualifications, training, and are not monitored to ensure they are doing their job effectively on behalf of the people who elect them. On the contrary, as the current shower taking Britain to the Brexit cliffs show, they take the meaning of the words “unqualified” and “under-educated” and “untrained” to new heights of meaning.
This talk is based on the experience of living and teaching in Scotland for 7 years in a wild part of Argyll and uses the landscape and scenery of Argyll to explain what Bwrecksit will actually be like, to people who have not realised the full implications, drawing on the stunning scenery of the island of Mull and its cliff paths by way of analogy.
By the way the dictionary definition of Mountebank is as follows: It derives from the Italian montimbanco, which was formed by combining the verb “montare” (“to mount”), the preposition “in” (converted to im, meaning “in” or “on”), and the noun “banco” (“bench”). Put these components together and you can deduce the literal origins of “mountebank” as someone mounted on a bench – the “bench” being the platform on which charlatans from the 16th and 17th centuries would stand to sell their phony medicines. Mountebanks often included various forms of light entertainment on stage in order to attract customers. Later, extended uses of “mountebank” referred to someone who falsely claims to have knowledge about a particular subject or a person who simply pretends to be something he or she is not in order to gain attention. In other words, instead of being mounted on a horse, a mountebank was someone mounted on a bench. Perfect analogue for Brexiteers.