How are you this morning? Had a nice shower or bath? Good. Sit down.
Brexit. Ending free movement. ‘Taking back control’. Becoming more ‘outward looking’ by creating trade barriers with our neighbours. Chucking out essential workers for ‘taking our jobs’. All seems a bit silly now, right?
Well, it’s a funny story actually. It turns out it was never really possible. You see, to do those things, we’d need a hard border in Ireland and then we would have bombs. It’s a problem no one could possibly have foreseen.
The alternative, a barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of us, wouldn’t really be Brexit and, well, have you met Arlene Foster?
So, after days of intense negotiation, I’ve just reached a hard-won agreement with the European Commission which is in the interests of all: not to do it.
No hard border, no end to free movement, no making our own rules. And no totally fucking our economy.
We are still doing something with control: giving it away to the 27 remaining member states. And we’re still calling it Brexit.
I can do that, you see, because Brexit means Brexit.
Today, I am launching a crowdfund page to raise the money for an operation to sew my mouth closed.
An extreme measure, yes, but also the only way to protect us all from the volcanic-like eruption of idiocy that occurs when it is opened.
At this very moment, I feel the ignorance rising like magma within me. The pressure is building, forcing some new, bewilderingly misinformed proclamation towards the tectonic plates of my lips, until it explodes into the atmosphere like a toxic cloud of stupid.
Disabled people are lazy.
There. You see? It won’t be long until there is another one.
Help me, please. Just a small donation could help close this portal into an alternative world of boundless insensitivity.
How will I eat? With difficultly. A bit like the unemployed, I suppose.
We cannot jeopardise peace with the hard border in Ireland that Brexit means. So it doesn’t mean that.
It means Northern Ireland keeping EU rules, but not, of course, being any different to the rest of the UK. Emphatically not. Why have you even thought that, it’s so random.
No. The whole of the UK will keep EU rules. That does not mean the UK will have EU rules. Keeping the same rules doesn’t mean having exactly the same rules. It’s both the EU and UK having mutually recognised rules. They recognise ours, we recognise theirs. Because they are exactly the same.
All words only mean what we say they do and sometimes they are the same but also different. Wave, for example, also means wave.
I’ve forgotten where I was going with this. It’s time for the EU to go away, think again and come back and tell me. Otherwise I’m walking away.
By now, you will all be aware of my hoarding of secrets about Brexit’s impact on the economy, lest Brussels should know that we are weak and use it against us at the negotiating table.
Now, you may argue that this very public display of fear itself weakens our position. That Juncker will think, ‘My God. He’s so afraid of handing those reports to the Brexit select committee that he’d rather face contempt of parliament. They must say that Britain is fucked. They will do anything we want.’
But you would be wrong, and I will tell you why. Consider stumbling upon a bear in a forest. It’s hungry but may not have knowledge of humans and how easy we are to kill. So, do you stand where you are, showing it yourself, as if you have nothing to fear? Will that make the animal cautious? Will its survival instincts tell it that your confidence could be a sign you are able to defend yourself?
No. It will think, ‘That animal cannot run. I am going to eat it.’
Now consider you instead run in abject terror, as fast your two legs will carry you. Will it think, ‘That animal is shitting itself and not even going very fast. I am going to catch it and eat it and it will be easy’?
No. It will think, ‘That animal is running. It must be very confident in its running ability. There is no way I am going to catch that. Looks like it’s going to be hare for tea again.’
So run. Hide behind a tree, even though it can see that is what you are doing. If it comes for you, move around the tree. Round and round.
That is my strategy.
Am I thinking of a crocodile? I may be thinking of a crocodile. The crocodile will eat you whatever you do, so may as well leg it. I seem to remember something about running in a zigzag. That’s okay. I’m doing that too.
A Leave voter is wondering what has happened to Twitter after accounts run by Russian trolls were suspended.
Ray Doyle, from Basildon, previously knew the site as a constantly refreshed source of opinion and ideas but last logged on to experience the social media equivalent of being left alone on Earth with Nigel Farage.
Mr Doyle said: “Suddenly I don’t follow anyone, have no followers and the only tweets are my own, which no one appears to have seen.
“If that man in the film 28 Days later had woken up in hospital and checked Twitter instead of going for a walk, it would basically be this.
“Except for Farage. He’s still there, shouting. Imagine that. Alone in the world with a shouting Nigel Farage. That’s a user experience that Twitter might want to look at.
“Then again, they’ve probably been hacked by the same brainwashed zombie remainers that deleted all the accounts I follow. @Leavenowgetoverit told me that happens a lot. Before he disappeared.”
Being press secretary for the Trump administration is frustrating because the Trump administration is a pile of shit, Sean Spicer has been reminded.
After telling journalists at a press conference that their use of facts was “frustrating”, Trump’s press secretary faces calls to stop talking shit then.
Spicer complained that undermining the Trump “movement” with facts was “frustrating not just for him but for so many of us that are working to get this message out,” leading journalists to respond: “Yes.”
However, Ray Doyle, who watched the press conference on TV, said: “I completely understand Mr Spicer’s position. When I was charged with murder, I disagreed with the facts and presented alternative ones.
“I now find it hugely frustrating to be serving a life prison term.”