The Trial of the Century

Last year, we had a somewhat controversial trial in the UK. You may have heard of it – the news services covered it fairly comprehensively. It was controversial for a number of reasons, not least that it even occurred. Instigated by a fairly small number of individuals, most of whom had a fairly questionable set of morals, on the basis of hearsay and dodgy data.

Nevertheless, their persistance paid off, the trial was arranged and the defendent was put in the dock. The controversy just escalated from there. Jury selection would normally weed out the prejudiced, the incompetent and those with a conflict of interests. But it was decided that the jury should in fact include a sizeable number of open racists and certifiable morons, despite the defendent being a foreigner and the case being complex. Whereas jurors would normally need to be open-minded, on this occasion it was deemed acceptable to include those who had already committed to a verdict before even hearing the evidence.

It just got worse though. Both defence and prosecution presented demonstrable lies as ‘evidence’, with very little done to challenge them, let alone strike their absurd claims from the record. Perhaps it didn’t matter, because it was also decided that the jurors could discuss the case as the trial progressed, not only amongst themselves but with anyone they wished. Even on social media.

Yes, that’s right. The jurors sat through most of the trial ignoring both defence and prosecution and just used their phones to browse social media and share internet memes of dubious origin as ‘alternative evidence’. Then there was also the rabid tabloid press, doing their best to interfere with the trial. It all descended into utter farce.

A Brexiteer. Probably. I kid ye not. People like this are actually allowed to vote. And breed.

The jurors retired to consider the ‘evidence’, taking about 12 hours to deliberate before returning with their verdict. Guilty as charged! It wasn’t a unanimous verdict by any means. It was almost a dead heat. But the racist and moron contribution was sufficient to produce a 7 to 5 result in favour of the prosecution. Normally, this is an insufficient margin for a conviction, but on this occasion it was decided it was ok.

You might think there’d be obvious cause to record a mistrial and dismiss the verdict. But no, it’s been allowed to stand. Worse, it has been decided that there cannot even be an appeal. What sort of justice is this you might ask? To call it rough justice is an understatement. It’s becoming more and more apparent every day that the jury delivered the wrong verdict and that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. But it doesn’t seem to matter.

The defendent in the dock last June was a chap called the European Union. The sentence was that he should be expelled. It’ll cost a pretty penny to expel him, and we all get to pay that bill, Leavers and Remainers alike. You perhaps think that I should get over it and move on. But the facts are these. In less than two years, as things will stand, I will be forcibly stripped of my European citizenship.  I am already financially poorer for the decision, and I will get poorer still. The opportunities of Brexit are not as good as the existing benefits we get through the EU. The United Kingdon is threatening to rip itself apart. That’s an awful lot to ‘get over’, with not a lot to look forward to. It’s all stick and no carrot.

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The referendum should not have happened. It was a foolish gamble by David Cameron attempting to play the hero, and it backfired. It was a stupid question that provoked a stupid answer. We have general elections to appoint representatives, some of whom will form a government with the object of implementing their published manifestos. Together with the established civil service, these are the people with the experience and knowledge to plot the best path for the country. This is a system which generally works well to prevent uninformed, poorly thought out and extreme ideas from being foisted on the country.

Another by product of the EU referendum is another General Election on June 8th. Over the last couple of years, I seem to have had as many voter cards stuck through my letter box as pizza menus. Maybe I exaggerate. But you take the point, and my latest card is the featured image above. And it’s another vote that shouldn’t be happening. We have a Fixed-term Parliament Act which was created specifically to prevent opportunistic snap polls by the party in government to take advantage of the moment to launch a power grab. It is, frankly, a farce brought about by the Conservative party for the Conservative party.

But I will stroll along to the polling centre with Mrs P. I will cast my ballot for the Liberal Democrats, the only major party that is in favour of staying in the EU. Mrs P will make her own choice. I feel certain that it won’t be in favour of the Tory party. I’m equally certain that our votes will make no difference to the outcome. We’re not in a ‘swing’ constituency. It’s one of the Conservative party’s safer seats.

I’ll vote with more than a tinge of sorrow that the 48% who are Remainers have not united and gotten behind the Liberal Democrats in the same way that the 45% of Scottish independence voters got behind the SNP in 2015, trebling their share of the vote and taking 56 out of 59 Scottish seats in the process. That would have been an end to Brexit.

2 thoughts on “The Trial of the Century

  1. That’s a very interesting and thoughtful treatise Gary, those of us in the commonwealth are looking on in some bemusement of the whole debacle. Dissemination comes to mind, an impassioned speech and much discourse at how the equivalent of Peter’s pence to Europe could be put to better use at home than being squandered elsewhere in Europe.
    Britain as a nation to me anyway in the not so distant past appeared to be united, everyone in unison for the common good but in more recent years things have somehow become unravelled. It’s false of course, the newspaper’s of the day would have been skillfully guided to display this unified front to the world?
    The public consciousness has been some what whittled away and much of the stuff which has gone on in the Houses of Parliament in earlier times would have been discussed at length in pubs the length and breadth of jolly old England but these days people are less involved as there is so much rubbish to gorge upon. Government abuses abound and there is so much misdirection, affairs, t and a and page 3 of the past give way to outrageous and blatant vulgarity that it is more common place today and leaves very little to the imagination.

    I’m sure the Americans also feel that they are hard done by too but at least they can vote out the tycoon in four years if he hasn’t taken them to the brink of war by then! Britain has bitten the bullet I’m afraid, let’s face it there is no love lost between the Europeans and England either. England has skillfully swung her double edged sword to good advantage gaining privileges while other nations stood agape at what had transpired. You managed to retain Sterling for instance all the rest had to leave their coin at the door on the way out. Europe on the other hand is probably rubbing their hands in glee, one of it’s more troublesome neighbours have decided to take their business elsewhere and they will no doubt happily cede little as Britain scampers out the door..

    Gary you will just have to grin and bear it, in reality gnashing your teeth screaming at the top of your lungs unheard in the coming storm.. may you live in interesting times!

    At least you have a bolt hole. There is a feeling of uncertainty today, I feel it myself. It is like a distant memory from the past that is just out of mental grasp like a family story passed down from generations to generation. The story has become blurred having been told many times in different voices. Perhaps it is impending doom or may be salvation.

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    1. I don’t think we have a particularly bad relationship with other EU members. Or rather, had a bad relationship. And we weren’t the only EU country not to take up the Euro. We were always very good at implementing EU legislation – better than most. And I don’t think that the EU is pleased to see us go. There will be pros and cons for both sides. But the cons outweigh the pros for both sides.

      I’m aware of the reality of the situation. A hard Brexit seems grimly inevitable at the moment. But politics is a peculiarly changeable creature and one must live in hope. Hope that circumstance forces a soft Brexit. Or that the polls have it all wrong and we end up with a hung parliament. Or hope that the mood of the nation changes. None of which appears likely at the moment. But Remainers need to keep making their voices heard and getting their point across. It’s never too late til it’s too late.

      As for Donald. If he carries on as he is, it might not need a vote to remove him.

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