Definitively Depressing Democracy

James Proclaims (4)


Today is Blue Monday. Apparently, this is what the cool kids now call the third Monday in January.

It’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

And it’s absolutely a real thing and not just some concept originally made up by a travel agent in 2005 to sell more holidays.

So, if you’re feeling depressed today, that’s absolutely fine and you don’t need to seek medical help.

Conversely if you woke up this morning in a relatively chipper mood, there is definitely something wrong with you and you should absolutely seek help at the first opportunity.

One would imagine that the premise of Blue Monday is that Christmas is now a relatively distant memory but we’re still all paying for it in terms of trying to shift excess weight gained during the festive period, with the added problem of having no money thanks to pay day still being over a week away.

And it’s Monday.

Which is always a bad thing.

But this January seems to have given some of us even more reasons to not be cheerful.

I’m vaguely aware of something called a Government Shutdown happening in the US, which is seemingly attributable to the normally even-handed and flexible Mr Trump.

It doesn’t seem like a good thing, but it hasn’t really been headline news over here.

This is not because we Brits like to mind our own business and don’t care about the comings and going of the POTUS. Indeed, such is the coverage normally that you’d be forgiven for thinking that he is actually president of here too.

Fortunately, he’s been largely kept out of our news because our own behemoth of badness has been rather dominating the headlines of late.

That behemoth is, of course, Brexit. If you don’t know what Brexit is, then I’ll refer you to an explanation offered by a number of its proponents:

“Brexit means Brexit.”

Hope that’s cleared that up for you.

The same people also regularly offer a definition for the word ‘leave’.

Which is:

“Leave means Leave”.

Indeed, if the exponents of exiting Europe ever release their own dictionary it will be quite a slim volume, bereft as it will be of any actual definitions of any of the words therein.

Which isn’t to say that it won’t sell well.

Because you can’t argue that Brexiteers don’t know how to market their crap pretty well.

I, of course, am a certified remoaner. I’d rather we hadn’t voted for Brexit. But don’t mistake me for something I’m not. I’m not especially a fan of the European Union.

To be a fan I’d have to understand how it all works.

And I don’t understand at all.

I think, on balance, I’d rather live in a world where we’re all a bit more connected and I think the EU probably represents that.

But I’m hardly an idealist.

If someone could have persuaded me that I, personally, would be significantly better off with Britain leaving the EU, I’d have gladly ignored my principles and voted wholeheartedly for Brexit.

But no-one could.

It was all a bit vague really.

And two and half years on, as we hurtle towards the definitive date when we cease to be part of Europe in an economical and political sense (although remain very much part of it in a geographical sense) it seems no-one has any idea what is going to happen.

Perhaps I’m being a little idealistic, but it kind of feels like we should have known what we were voting for (or against) back when we actually voted on it.

Some people are suggesting that, now we do know a bit more, we should maybe have another referendum.

Other people seem to be of the view that to have another referendum, which could potentially undermine the first vote, would be undemocratic.

I’m not sure another vote would solve anything, because I think we’re all still as clueless now as we were back in 2016, but I really would like someone to explain to me how another referendum would be undemocratic.

Because I’d have thought having another vote would be the very definition of democratic.

Then again, I’m probably using the wrong kind of dictionary.





  16 comments for “Definitively Depressing Democracy

  1. Bryntin
    January 21, 2019 at 9:15 am

    We’ll know it’s really serious when people generally incapable of being serious, like you and me, start getting involved and take up publishing articles about it.
    I doubt that’ll happen though.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 21, 2019 at 9:40 am

      That really would be a worrying state of affairs but as you say, it’s highly unlikely to happen…


  2. January 21, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with Bryntin. But in the best of Brexiting tradition, I also beg to differ. This post seriously made a lot of very good points. U ok hun?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Bryntin
      January 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

      I’d like to say I do agree with that. Even if you don’t agree with me. I’m not begging for differing though.

      Liked by 2 people

    • January 21, 2019 at 10:26 am

      It’s complicated…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Smilerrn
    January 21, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Yes a very interesting comment. As for Blue Monday, I thought maybe it related to people getting their bills in after the big Christmas spend!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

      That’s definitely part of it


  4. January 21, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    How silly of you to think that we ought to have known a little bit more about the pros and cons before the referendum. Why on earth should we? The government didn’t, so why should we. I think you really need to go back to school! Oh! Hang on a bit!!!!!


    • January 21, 2019 at 7:27 pm

      Now who’s being silly? Education never solved anything!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. January 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Don’t tell the boss!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. January 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Depressingly for me, I spent 12 years working with EU information and legislation. I know what the European Parliament does, I’ve read the Maastricht Treaty and I know the difference between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. I can tell you what the Single Market is and why it’s pretty damn awesome.
    And it’s all depressing because I know the value of what we’re throwing away.
    “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…”

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      It’s worth it for blue passports though right?


      • January 26, 2019 at 9:59 pm

        Hilariously, I have a navy blue leather passport holder. Owned it for bloody years. I may have to source a burgundy one to be awkward.

        Liked by 1 person

      • January 26, 2019 at 10:22 pm

        I have a monogrammed burgundy one (it was a gift – I’m really not ‘that guy’). I tend not to use it because it always seems a bit of a faff to take my passport out of it at customs etc. but I’m definitely considering bringing it back into regular usage now.

        Liked by 1 person

      • January 26, 2019 at 10:52 pm

        I am using mine right now to hold my passport and various other travel related documents (sitting in a departure lounge at Atlanta airport waiting to fly on to Florida).

        Liked by 1 person

  7. February 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I wish you UK blokes WOULD hold another election….if for no other reason that to show us American blokes how to stop bitching about POYUS and do something about it before the Mueller probe grinds on past the 2020 election, by which time America will probably be a colony of Russia. 😦


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