It’s been a while, but the world hasn’t ended for the UK. Despite the slump in the pound, exports are doing well, for that very reason. In fact, they are nicely cancelling out any cost increases from having to buy in imports in foreign currency. That must be officially true, as it has been reported on the BBC…
The new Prime Minister has abandoned the idea of using a points system to allow new immigrants to come to the country, and life has continued much as normal. The initial panic has subsided, so despite many calls for yet another vote, there seems to be a honeymoon period going on. Even unemployment is coming down, and those who got into that panic have been proved wrong. At least so far.
Despite the understandable concerns, the vote to leave has not been the end of the UK as we know it. Not for now, anyway. There is a long way to go with the negotiations, and I suspect that we may well end up in a very similar situation to the one we voted to leave. However, there will be some element of independence, even if it is potentially diminished.
Some people are claiming that the killing of a Polish man in Essex is a direct result of the vote to leave. While this might suit the gainsayers, the simple truth is that the young hooligans concerned could have picked on anyone, and are unlikely to have even been aware that he was Polish. They had caused trouble before, in the same shopping area. On those occasions, the people involved were not Polish. But that warrants less attention, because the media is keen to promote the issue of racism, even though that is a tiny fraction of the problem.
Those that voted to leave expected the world as we knew it to fall apart. It didn’t, and they don’t like it. So they espouse any cause, any reason to point the finger. The much simpler truth is that it has not immediately turned out to be the disaster that was predicted, and they don’t like to accept that.
So here I am, reporting from Great Britain. Happy to say that the situation is normal. There has been little change, and where there has been it was positive.