Steve Bullock on why, after today’s depressing election results, he feels it is time for him and everyone who fought very hard for Remain to look after themselves, each other, and their loved ones for a bit.
First published in December 2019.
That will be it from me on Brexit now I think. Music, EU and non-EU Citizens’ rights, and Scottish Independence only from now on.
I went into this because, a) very few people who had actually negotiated with the EU were free to speak freely and I thought I might help people understand it; and b) I couldn’t stand the lies.
So I am going to take some time to reflect, play guitar, spend Christmas with my family, reconnect with the friends I have neglected/bored to tears for years, try to restart my little studio business that I basically dropped just as it was taking off 3 1/2 years ago, and reflect.
I suggest everyone does whatever their equivalent of that is for. No fights will be won in the next few weeks, and everyone who has fought so hard and at such personal cost need to look after themselves, each other, and their loved ones for a bit.
I hope my stuff on Brexit has been useful, and I hope it will be useful again in helping an Independent Scotland with its application to join the EU in the next few years, and maybe, if I am still around, the UK to reapply in 20 years – or whenever it manages to sort its shit out.
Obviously, I have a lot I could say about what has happened, but I don’t think it is useful to say it now, and it may never be.
There are two points that I think are useful to make now though.
1. This is dreadful for everyone, but please remember that non-UK citizens in the UK — be they EU- or non-EU citizens — are in the front line every single day of their lives. They need your support and solidarity. They always have, but now more than ever. A country should be judged by how it treats other countries’ citizens in its care, and no country that isn’t open, welcoming, and humane can ever be regarded as remotely progressive.
2. Party allegiance doesn’t always ruin everything, but it always has the potential to. It has been a pox on the Remain movement since before the 2016 referendum. Join parties, participate, influence them and promote them, but don’t put faith in them above what’s right or good. You can use them as a vehicle for good, for positive change, to help people, but don’t let them use you as a vehicle for power. They are a means, not an end in themselves. Better lives is the end.
This isn’t a goodbye. I am not going anywhere. I am not deleting the Twitter app or my account or anything, and my DMs are open. I just need, as you probably do, a little time to get my life back. If you do, take it. You have done everything you could have done and you deserve it.🔷
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