What is the settled-will of the British people? It must mean something. In the first place, our leaders use it for justification of chronic stupidity. Could it be that such slogans have the gravitas of a sound-bite and the misdirection of a lie?
Absolutely true, couldn’t be anything else
An innocent citizen, reading or hearing a statement like settled-will may feel confidence based on the strength and directional focus of the statement.
Of course, dig a little deeper and we may decide that not every word is true, nor every will settled. In other words, one politician’s ’settled-will’ is another’s fib.
Unsettling as it seems
… at times the gap between Conservative Remainers and Leavers does indeed look as big as the one between May and Corbyn. Paul Waugh
Perhaps we should feel unsettled when meanings vary from mind to mind and person to person. As you’ll know, our politicians use repetition to drum their version of reality into our heads. For example, do you remember any of these?
• strong and stable leadership
Oops, that promise fell rather flat, didn’t it.
• the fact of the matter is …
This phrase is a verbal ping-pong bat. Powerful people may use fact-of-the-matter as a prefix and then argue alternative truths about the same subject. I suppose that means many lies are spoken.
• the settled- will of the British people
The statement settled-will means we’re all agreed. Don’t you love the way politicians from both major parties talk about ‘The settled-will of the British people’? If our will was settled Jacob Rees Mogg wouldn’t attack Hilary Benn. And the Brexit Select Committee would stand undivided. Thus, reading the news makes it clear that there is no settled-will. Inside and outside the bubble the factions are still at war.
Remember the song you say tomayto I say tomahhto? It goes on, ‘let’s call the whole thing off‘. Clearly, when you can’t agree, a settled-will doesn’t exist.
When people are in a serious conflict like Jacob Rees-Mogg, Hilary Benn, Stephen Crabbe, Jeremy Lefroy, Stephen Kinnock, David Davis, Liam Fox and so on. They all bang on about ideology and the need for British freedom or remaining in the EU, to cleave towards the United States, to build on the Commonwealth. All this with a spittle-spray of factoids
What is the truth?
With all the fog, you must ask a question, what is the truth? What’s in our best interests? Then with mounting concern, do any of these people know? Finally, with sadness, how many in the Bubble actually, care?
© Mac Logan