Why Brexit is a good thing

The Internet, as usual, has reacted in its exaggerated ways, or should I say, the Brexit “broke” the Internet. But let me assure you, all is going to be well. The economy will stabilize and Britain will find its way. This is Great Britain we are talking about. What goes down will come up, that is the way of the world, isn’t it?

European Union. Some say, like the Brexit supporters, that the idea of the Union is outdated and it is doomed to fail. The rest of the world think otherwise. Let me get outside all of this and think for a moment. A union. A union in which countries come together, work towards a common goal, help each other and solve problems in the most democratic way — this sounds good, doesn’t it? I did a quick google and found the following to be the objectives of the European Union:

  • an area of freedom, security and justice without internal frontiers ;
  • an internal market where competition is free and undistorted;
  • sustainable development, based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment;
  • the promotion of scientific and technological advance;
  • the combating of social exclusion and discrimination, and the promotion of social justice and protection, equality between women and men, solidarity between generations and protection of the rights of the child;
  • the promotion of economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among Member States.
  • peace;
  • security;
  • sustainable development of the Earth;
  • solidarity and mutual respect among peoples;
  • free and fair trade;
  • eradication of poverty;
  • protection of human rights (in particular the rights of the child);
  • development of international law (respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter).

As you can understand, the very idea of countries coming together to sort things out in a peaceful manner, and work towards growth and all of the above is certainly good. But alas, the European Union is not as good as it sounds! I hope it crumbles and falls apart. Why in the wide world would I have such a strong opinion? Read on.

The European Union is under the malign influence of the USA. America, when it wants to impose its will on a country, when it wants to sanction a country, it unleashes the EU as its chief attack dog. Not everyone in the Union is happy about this; most oblige as they have a lot to profit from the US, and some do it very grudgingly — they have no other choice. The world does not need this kind of an attack dog. It must go. Britain has always been the leader of this pack — coercing and influencing the rest of the pack to its master’s will. But this attack-dog-in-chief has shown its master that it has a mind of its own (much to the annoyance of the British elites and corrupt politicians) and I am very, very happy about it. The USA is a such a great country with such great people, but the country’s politicians are such a despicable lot. Unless a drastic change happens in US politics, things like Brexit should continue.

Let the games begin.

Oh, I almost forgot. The Scots. Those spineless people don’t deserve independence. You’ve had your chance and you gave it up for what?

The Mystery of the Hidden House

Ah, my Enid Blyton! How much have I missed you! After about three or four years, I’ve read an Enid Blyton book! For more than a week I was ill and bedridden and during the last few days of my recuperation I grew restless and pulled out an EB book from my bookshelf — The Mystery of the Hidden House, a Five Find-Outer’s Mystery! During the first few chapters, the plot moved at a snail pace, as is the case in many EB books, and I said to myself, ‘I used to enjoy all this, why is this appearing to be slow now?’ For a few frightful moments, I was afraid that I had grown out of Enid Blyton books. But thankfully towards the end, Enid came back strongly and showed me that she was still in charge! I guess I was a bit rusty from not reading her books in a long time. In fact, I haven’t read much fiction these past few years. The first time I read this book was about nine years ago. How time flies!

The Mystery of the Hidden House is one of the best of the 15 books in this series. This is the sixth book and EB introduces a major new character — Ern Goon! This is such a well-written, smashing book and rereading it after nine years reminded me how much I had enjoyed it when I first read it. In Chapter 14, page 96 (Mammoth publication), I found this Blyton gem and chuckled at it 🙂

‘Was there a boy?’ asked Bets. ‘A boy who would be a man now?’

Mrs. Hilton felt surprised at these last questions. ‘Why all this sudden interest in the Hollands?’ she asked. ‘What are you up to? You’re usually up to something when you begin this sort of thing.’

Pip sighed. Mothers were much too sharp. They were like dogs. Buster always sensed when anything was out of the ordinary, and so did mothers. Mothers and dogs both had a kind of second sight that made them see into people’s minds and know when anything unusual was going on.

Leave it to Blyton to compare mothers with dogs!

The following is a fantastic dialog delivered by Fatty to Ern and it had an impact on me when I first read it nine years ago. I read it and reread it multiple times.

The setting: Fatty, Larry, and Pip go in search of Ern who has been kidnapped and is a prisoner in the hideout of a group of car thieves. Fatty rightly deduces this and sneaks in with the others and finds Ern. At this moment, Fatty realizes that a missing-Ern would alert the thieves and he decides to leave him behind so that he could alert the police first, who could then arrest these criminals and rescue Ern. But Ern is not so brave to stay behind. He is already mentally exhausted and scared and just wants to escape.

Chapter 15, page 154.

‘I can’t do that,’ said Ern, almost crying. ‘You don’t know what it’s like, to be a prisoner like this and not know what’s going to happen to you. I can’t even think of any portry.

‘Aren’t you brave enough to do this one thing?’ said Fatty, sadly. ‘I did want to think well of you, Ern.’

Ern stared at Fatty, who looked back at him solemnly.

‘All right,’ said Ern. ‘I’ll do it, see! I’ll do it for you, Fatty, because you’re a wonder, you are! But I don’t feel brave about it. I feel all of a tremble.’

‘When you feel afraid to do a thing and yet do it, that’s real bravery,’ said Fatty. ‘You’re a hero, Ern!’

Fatty, the leader, comes to the fore and with just his words gives Ern the encouragement he needed to stay behind. And, I didn’t misspell poetry, ‘portry’ is how Ern pronounces the word.

Mr. Goon’s misadventures are a riot to read and I often felt sorry for him. Sometimes Fatty goes a little too far.

Enid Blyton is pure magic. I’ve previously written about how much I love her. She passed away in 1968 and I still feel bad that she is not with us. How I wish I could meet her.

I’ve already started rereading The Mystery of the Secret Room! Here I come, Fatty and gang!