Addiction & the Main Lie
If you’re in charge of any failing operation, whether it’s a body that gets deeply unhappy if you don’t give it what it wants (addiction) or a political party whose members expect certain kinds of legislation (Brexit), the only way out seems often to lie. The truth feels impossible.
The main lie about Brexit seems to have involved the choice offered in a referendum where one course of action (to ‘take back control’), to leave the European Union, the more popular one, was a very risky one. The risks weren’t spelled out or hinted at.
Addiction presents a risky option as one that feels if not safe, then essential. Something numbs a person to the risk in their behaviour … if they don’t get a kick out of the risk. Denial is an art that doesn’t always involve lying, but it generally perverts the truth. We should treat Brexit like an addiction.