Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Here is another outing from Highly Questionable Santa. As is customary, here is the apology: Sorry.
If you’d like to see previous years’ outings, head here.
Hope 2018 was good for you and that 2019 gets off to a blazing start!
But with bridges burnt, could the this be the end for Highly Questionable Santa..?Just in case you’re not sure what’s going on here, this is a sad little nod to the fact that the United Kingdom – the country the majority of my family and I live in – will be crashing out of the European Union in early 2019.
A couple of years ago, some right-wing politicians sought to further consolidate their hold on power by offering a carrot to some of the more-hardline electorate they were losing to the fringe ‘UK Independence Party’ by offering a public referendum vote on membership of the EU to the voters of the country. Those in power knew this would have to come up at some point, but they were always putting it off. Anyway, it eventually happened and the general public chose to leave the EU by a majority of 52%.
One thing that never seems to get talked about so much when ‘Brexit’ comes up is the role played by privately-owned media outlets in this country. A majority of the newspapers in the UK came out in favour of Brexit, all of course wanting to champion the cause of their super-rich owners not having the EU telling them what to do with their media empires or their millions of pounds.
Walk past any newspaper stand in a town’s high street, a newsagents, a corner-shop, a petrol station, a supermarket and so on, and you’ll see a ceaseless tirade of xenophobic nonsense on almost every front page, all about how the immigrants, terrorists, or islamic fundamentalists or EU bureaucrats are coming to get you.
Put any normal person within eye-shot of these things and its only to be expected they’ll start thinking in the same way, unless they have some kind of counterpoint.
So lazy journalism helped lose the referendum vote.
The journos could have chosen to actually write something with some insight at any stage, but they chose to keep on putting lazy, ignorant hatred on their pages as the presses kept on rolling and new editions just had to fill the stands.
This is how simple received thinking goes about dragging everything down with it. It’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong.
And it did.
In about twenty years we might be getting towards running our own funny little idiosyncratic, isolated country in its own way with its own governance, but we’ve got to get there first.
My son will be 22 years old by then.
We’re going to have to spend a while eating rats on sticks first.
ANYWAY, have a lovely Christmas an New Year!
– Lee, Bex & Seb. x