“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”. This phrase was famously used by Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) at the chaotic conclusion of the Sex Pistols’ last gig in their brief career, at the Winterland Theater, San Francisco, California on 14 January 1978. There’s a video below.
Why am I posting this here? Because I think that both sides are in a position to be saying this today. The Leave side are seeing those who championed their cause step back from promises and commitments (which actually turn out to be ‘possibilities’) – £350m a week for the NHS, less migration, no financial meltdown, millions of Turks on the horizon like some scene from Zulu.) . Their standard bearers are now conspicuous by their absence.
The Remain side, on the other hand, have been cheated of a fair discussion, shouted down by a jingoistic press, expert-deniers sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting “La-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you”, and being thrust exaggerated claims by Downing Street and Stronger In which emphasised the economy (which is still tanking, stupid) at the expense of a bigger picture of international co-operation in place of fear, distrust and in the end, war.
Both sides unhappy. Neither side getting what they wanted. What now? I’d rather not recommend a march on Westminster by all concerned with torches and pitchforks, but we need to see some leadership please. Yesterday’s exchanges seemed a little light-hearted, when the Prime Minister has just volunteered us for the biggest crisis in the UK since World War II.