The complete failure of the present government to provide information, political, economic, social or any other kind, about the impact of our (possibly imminent, but who can say?) departure from the European Union is a shambles, and I am fully behind those MPs and others who insist that the highest quality information, the best estimates, and the most accurate forecasts are given to them before they vote on a deal whose speed through parliament would, unhindered, make a photon look short of breath.

I parted ways with Tony Blair over Iraq, as many of us on the left did, but his political wisdom now would stand us in good stead. He hardly did anything without explaining it ad nauseam, and as for his dodgy dossier and the way that it was handled – well it seems quite tame compared with the lying, obfuscating, adulterous character who is apparently being channeled through our prime minister. At least Blair had an actual enemy, and was responding to an actual threat. All Johnson is doing is ramping up his own career on the back of a dishonest referendum campaign (and on a downtrodden and bullied predecessor) that had little bearing on what we actually think as a nation (who knows, right now?).

The best reason for another referendum is simply a reality check, and to remind the tabloids that they too, are generally not to be trusted as bearers of truth or exactitude. What is it we all thought was a good idea? And is it still? And can we please talk about this? Otherwise, the current EU withdrawal agreement bill going (or not going) through parliament will end up on the list of great political hoaxes we have let ourselves be bamboozled by.

Scrutinise the flipping thing. Please.

About Huw Humphreys

I am a headteacher by profession, now working as an educational researcher, in the city of Milton Keynes, where I have been since April 2011. My work looks to make education effective for the whole child and keeps a distant relationship with the powers that be and their narrowing approach to education... but most of all I am looking to find out what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate educator in the midst of an unsettled community. I am also a part time musician, amateur printmaker, part time linguist and lover of history and literature...committed both to freedom to learn and depth of learning for children. The views on this blog are all my own.

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