My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare
I had to cram so many things to store everything in there
And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought I’d need so many people
David Bowie, Five Years
Like looking for a needle in a haystack
I am back and ready to disappoint my wonderful legion of readers. Nope. I won’t be talking about Gibraltar. Not yet anyway. In a few weeks I will be landing in El Peñón and if I do not get too distracted by the sun and the sea, I intend to write about it from the security of my parents’ home. Just in case another Spanish – British war is upon us. I bet the infamous tabloids here and the very conservative side of the press in my country are already thinking of how lucrative a war will be. Imagine the headlines… Trafalgar II, The great Benidorm escape… you name it and The Sun (or as my partner calls it The Scum) will have it. Groucho Marx could not have said better it “Humour is reason gone mad”.
But anyway, let’s get on with today’s post. I have been trying to find reliable information about Brexit. As many of you pointed out to me, yes Brexit means Brexit but the transfer of powers from Brussels to Westminster is yet to be applied on a day to day basis. And nobody seems to know how this whole process is going to affect our lives. Our family budgets. Our jobs. For the first time in my life I am on social media and call me old fashioned but for me the amount of information available is overwhelming and to certain extent unbearable. You end up rushing throughout headline after headline without paying attention to the finer detail. A frantic pace in a frantic society that has forgotten how to deep read and analyse one issue at a time. So I have tried to find something more to help us understand what is going to happen and no surprises I found nothing. Nada!. So far we know we are leaving. Tick. We know we might or we might not get a new deal with the EU. Tick. We have been told that the government has been working really hard in all sort of contingency plans for all scenarios. Tick. But all is kept really secret in a really obscure place so all of us are told generic nothing. From both the UK and the EU.
And keeping society in the darkness results in people making bizarre assumptions. An example, fair play to all the organisations that support the EU citizens in these uncertain times but question if it is wise to leave the UK on holidays just in case “They” won’t let you get back in? It is plain ridiculous and actually offensive to the country you are living in. I understand to be angry for the lack of information about our future but throwing more fuel into the fire is not helping anyone. Darkness is a dangerous place. The attraction of people like Trump, Le Pen or Farage is precisely that, the blunt ways of their speeches. Concise. Appealing to the individual. To their worries. To their guts. To their day to day. Do not get me wrong. The eruption in their politics scares me to death but I see in their rise, the failure of our institutions, their constant disconnect with our communities that they are meant to serve. The EU is in a crisis because we don’t really know what they do for you. Local politics is becoming more relevant as it is the only way to be heard and get things done. Democracy at big scale just doesn’t work for individuals as it should anymore.
I hope more and more reliable information about Brexit will start to be available soon. Maybe we all should start making a big list of all the things we need answers for. Things we are all worried about. I would love to hear from you and what leaving the EU means to you all. Time for me to go now with a quote from David Weinberger, “the cure to information overload is more information”. Hasta la próxima amigos!