Bless the Beasts and the Children

If you’ve been listening to Mark Mardell’s Brexit: A Love Story? on Radio 4, you’ll be aware that the UK’s historical relationship with the EU has been a fractious one.  And I can’t help but think that many in the European Research Group have inherited a deep-seated resentment toward the EU’s formation, structure and shortcomings.  Rarely are the achievements of the EU praised or even reported upon.  It seems that in recent years, it’s far more easy to stoke discord via a scapegoat — the EU — than to actually do the hard work of diplomacy and compromise and take responsibility for problems in the UK which are really domestic issues.

One of the things that bothers me most about Brexit is that some of those who have supported it will not live long enough to suffer its consequences.  And that future generations have been given no say in the direction that the UK is taking now: economically, geopolitically and socially.  Brexit will affect all of our lives in the UK for decades to come and it will be for the worse — done simply because some Tory toffs wanted to return to a more close-minded, little Britain.

Daniel Elkan is a man who believes that those who will be adversely affected by Brexit deserve to be seen and heard.  It’s tongue-in-cheek, but it’s fantastic: he’s started a Wooferendum campaign so that the dogs of this country can show their dismay.  On the 7th of October we marched with our canine family members from Waterloo Place, down Whitehall and past 10 Downing Street to Parliament Square.  It was a great event and I’m proud that our pomeranian, Billie Holiday, participated with pride.