Today saw Parliament debate the pros and cons of continuing with the present government. The government managed to remain in place by a mere 19 votes. Which, as many people tried to point out, means there were only 10 votes in it. Mind you, there were a lot of people I heard that couldn’t work that out but given the distrust of experts, I guess it’s how the world is going to be from now on.
Actually, talking of experts, on the news today (yes, there was something other than Brexit) it was reported that the Large Hadron Collider isn’t big enough so Cern is going to build another, bigger Large Hadron Collider (the Even Larger Hadron Collider, perhaps) in order to see things we can only guess at now. (This sounds delightfully like Douglas Adams.)
The new collider will not be in operation until 2050 which means a lot of the scientists who have proposed and worked on it will not be here to see it work…unless it opens a rift in time and they all come flooding through to great fanfare and hullabaloo.
Maybe that’s the plan. Perhaps we’ll have to wait until 2050 for a return to a time when experts were listened to rather than ignored or heckled. Mind you, they might return to a world of savages and great apes. And Charlton Heston.
Gun loving Hollywood actors aside, some people have suggested that the world changed forever when the Large Hadron Collider was turned on back in September 2008. Had it been left off, perhaps we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now given it may have turned our universe into a sort of Bizarro version of itself.
Of course it’s no secret that the LHC was shut down in April 2016 after a weasel chewed through a cable. I’m not one for conspiracy theories but the Brexit referendum occurred only two months later. A coincidence? More to the point, why did it have to be a weasel?
So, the House of Commons has confidence in Theresa May’s government so things will continue pretty much the way they have for the last two and a half years. She did suggest that all leaders of other parties should meet with her, one-to-one for a chat on how to go forward. This, some people have suggested, should have happened at the beginning of the process.
Jeremy Corbyn, of course, refused to meet with her until she took the ‘No Deal’ scenario off the table. She won’t so he won’t. Silly children playing with the future of the country like that.
Let’s hope that his inexplicable popularity goes down and the Labour party replaces him with a proper grown up. Yvette Cooper would be my choice. Though Tom Watson gave an excellent speech during the debate today. Actually there are quite a few to choose from. Almost no-one could be as bad as the incumbent leader of the opposition.