Let me tell you that not everyone who appears to be vacantly staring into space is ‘doing nothing’.
Some of us are merely lost in thought. Not all such thoughts amount to zero; some are fruitful and multiply.
While idly browsing Brexit-related blogs the other day I came across one by John Redwood where the btl comments were so hostile to the BBC that it suddenly occurred to me that the BBC would be better off if it joined the Bremoaners and the SNPs and unilaterally divested itself from the UK.
This inner rant was distinctly Philomena Cunk, but when (if) you read on, don’t let the comedy Northern accent get in the way. It goes something like this:
I understood that a referendum - our referendum - was a yes / no kind of thing. In or out. We were given a chance to gen up on the ins and outs of the In and the Out, then we were entrusted with the vote.
It wasn’t supposed to be a general election, with constituencies and elected MPs. In the referendum the majority rules OK, end of. Like it or lump it.
Whoever decided that it was a good idea to broadcast the results ‘constituency by constituency’ made a big mistake. It gave entirely unwarranted and unintended cohesion to pockets of dissenters, who could band together in groups and moan that not only did they dislike the outcome, but they jolly well weren’t going to accept it.
Identifying clusters of Bremainers and legitimising them as a demographic illustrates the value of the secret ballot.
Nicola Sturgeon, who had just about learnt to accept the result of her own In-Out referendum, now had an excuse to reignite the issue all over again.
I don’t think the idea of Scottish independence makes much sense at a time when their natural resources are drying up, but the other day she mentioned that she didn’t like the thought of “London” making laws for the Scots. You’d think, in that case, she’d understand why the British don’t want Brussels to make our laws, but even more to the point, why on earth does she think the Scots wish Brussels to make their laws for them?
Nicola Sturgeon certainly has the gift of the gab. She’d make a cracking barrister, but she’s wasting her talents on a bad cause.
However, by treating the referendum like a general election and presenting the result 'constituency by constituency,' therefore facilitating a 'divide and rule' tactic that enables the dissenters and refuseniks to self-identify as a movement, the BBC (as a demographic) might as well go the whole hog and voluntarily leave the UK.
What do you think?