So, for you people outside the UK, here is a rundown of what’s happening here:
Brexit - the Government still does not have a plan. The most recent plan was rejected before it was published and the backup plan so far seems to be “appeal to Africa, Africa can save us!”. The Government is also refusing to make preparations that industries are advising will be essential (the Port Authority needs like 500% more staff, but this year the budget was cut again, for example). At the same time, within Government, the anti-EU block is trying to claim that all the lies being exposed starting with Cambridge Analytica collapse are all entirely make-believe fairy-tales as the pro-EU block keeps finding more and more concrete evidence of all the lies.
Media - the Labour party just unveiled their plans to write laws to protect journalists and break up large newsprint publishing empires, as well as holding print media to the same journalism laws that television is held to. The overall reaction to this from the public has been “yes, we like this” and the predictable reaction of the papers is that Corbyn wants to execute anyone who writes news. Meanwhile, that same print media is engaged on lying about everything from the numbers of immigrants who arrived last year (they say more, real figures say less) to calling people fascist for y’know, being anti-fascist.
Fascism - I was candid earlier in the year to use the word. Now we have newspapers calling for people to be hanged. I don’t need to say anything else, do I? Okay, so I agree it’s only a select number of media outlets (generally the ones that advertise their price in as large a space as their headlines) stirring this but it is most definitely getting worse. The Government’s response is to selectively arrest members of assorted fascist organisations (the EDL is their favourite go-to) which of course, as we see repeatedly over and over again, only fuels the bigotry and hatred.
Antisemitism - Now, this is a clever one. How do you destroy an ardent anti-fascist, anti-apartheid pacifist? Ah yes, by deliberately conflating anti-apartheid with antisemitic by claiming that any objection to the actions of the Israeli government is a direct attack against all Jewish people everywhere. So our leader of the opposition and leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, now finds himself having people scream at him in the street; how dare he be antisemitic, how dare he want Jews to die, how dare he … want to ask Israel to stop shooting babies in the head. How dare he want Palistinians to want to be able to live in their own country without fear of being shot in the head as they walk down the street. Or blown up in their schools. Or have medicine in their hospitals. Or power. Or food. Or water.
Fortunately, it isn’t working. They keep screaming, they keep bringing out this one ex-Rabbi (who, coincidentally, is a Conservative donor) to decry him, they keep citing “growing tensions in the Jewish community” without ever being able to find anyone to comment on why people are tense, or if they really are tense, or y’know do any fucking journalism whatsoever. And the public have realised this. In the last few months, opinion polls show the Tories trailing labour almost as far behind as before Blair’s landslide election in 1997. May’s approval rating is worse than Donald Trump’s.