Monday, 29 October 2018

50 pence for my thoughts

A 50p that celebrates the liberation of Europe from fascism
 I'm not a royalist and not a big fan of all the commemorative tat that gets produced for a royal wedding but I recognise that it is part of the heritage of the country we live in and I ignore it for the most part. We mark the end of wars and we will soon mark a 100 years since the end of World War 1. I believe in many ways that war was a pointless war as do many historians but still I see that it was an event that brought the country together in common cause and that many people gave their lives at the behest of our Government. Their sacrifice needs to be marked and remembrance is important to help us learn from the past. So we come to today's announcement that we are to have a commemorative 50 pence piece to mark 'effing'  Brexit as if this was some sort of national victory or cause for celebration. I don't care if it says "Peace, Prosperity and Friendship With All Nations" its about Brexit and arguably a detriment to all of those things.

  Of course if you're a rampant Brexiteer it might be something that you might want to celebrate but nearly half the country (and maybe more now) definitely aren't. There are deep divisions in our country rumbling on with Brexit. Racists now feel they have license to spout their nonsense more freely now they have 'got their country back'. In an already divided society people can now differentiate themselves further by identifying themselves as a Remainer or a Leaver. So the Government then goes and rubs the noses of half the country in it 'the losers' by minting a sodding coin.  I felt pretty much the same way when the Government said there would be a national holiday on 'Brexit Day' so one half of the country can celebrate whatever it is they feel they have to celebrate while the rest of us cry into our pints at the chaos to come.

Maybe it would be most fitting to have two 50 pence pieces. After all 2 x 50p makes a good old honest British pound. One could have Union Jacks on one side and the Queen on the reverse. The other coin could have the EU Flag on and Donald Tusk on the reverse. I'm of course joking but if the Government wants to make an overt dividing political statement with the coin of the realm favouring one side of the argument why not do it for the other side as well.

Here's 'Anarchy in the UK' by the Sex Pistols. Sorry if anyone's offended. Well not really. Not today.


  1. You have to laugh really. The world is about to fall into a burning lake of fire at 67,000 miles per hour due to species die-off, soil degredation, pollution, over-consumption and over-population, all manifesting itself in climate change and probable near-term human extinction, and here we are debating how a 50p coin looks and which club of nations we should be in.
    It's pathetic really.

    Paradoxically you then portray the MSM version of anarchy via the Sex Pistols. Whereas the proper application of anarchism in its actual political form might be something that could save us. You know, no national borders (hence no national armies, hence no ability to declare war), no political hierarchy, no corporations, but local control of resources in a bottom-up democratic model where everyone has a say, and everyone has an equal share in the commons and in any wealth that those commons produces.

  2. Thanks and yes I get your point on Anarchism. Referencing this at the end of this blogpost was really an emotional response to the state of the UK rather than a serious statement about the benefits of a society based on the principles of Anarchism.