Better than the Worst

Talking of achieving Brexit, Jeremy Hunt observed that “We have been through far, far worse in our history and we can get through this”. And, of course, he is right. WWII, Dunkirk, and the Blitz.

But, just a moment: we didn’t vote for those. However, on reflection, and  on Hunt’s approach, presumably  we would have done so had we not been denied the opportunity by the elitist liberal establishment. After all, we might have voted for WWII on the basis that it would not be worse than WWI. And, we might have opted for the rout of the British Expeditionary Force that led to Dunkirk in 1940 given that it could not be worse than the defeat of the British Army by the Zulus at Isandlwanda in 1879. But the Blitz? Ah well, I guess Hunt would have urged us to vote for it on the basis that it could not be worse than the Great Fire of London in 1666.

So, let’s get voting. What next? Perhaps a flu pandemic that would not be worse than the Black Death in the 14thCentury. How about a collapse in the environment that would not be worse than the last mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period 66 million years ago? After all, we ‘re Brits. We can take it.

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