Brexit or Bust
On the eve of the UK’s departure from the European Union, it might be early days to foresee the outcome of such a drastic event in Britain’s history. Economic and political issues are generally far beyond the comprehension of the common man and Brexit comes well within this category.
Whether or not Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and David Davis are right in getting us out, the medium-long-term effects will only “shine” through when most of us are dead and buried. But of course, us Brits are used to going alone. Part of which is due to the fact that we are an island after all and few have dared to invade its shores. Then why do so if the enemy lies within, as some might say. We have always prided ourselves on our independent nature, a kind of “them and us” attitude, which of course is far from true. Globalisation has seen to that and in any case if any nation should even dare to take us on, there will always be the Americans to bail us out.
“The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.” Probably wishful thinking for some, but certainly a reality for Brexiteers. Maybe Boris and co. should be acquainted with this short story written long ago…
What do you think?
THE ASS AND HIS MASTERS
An ass, who belonged to a gardener and had little to eat but much to do, prayed to Jupiter to release him from the gardener’s employ and provide him with another master. However, Jupiter was angry that the ass was discontented and placed him in the service of a potter.
Now the ass had a greater burden to bear than before and appealed to Jupiter once more to lighten his work. So, Jupiter intervened and had him sold to a tanner.
Once the ass realised what kind of work his new master did, the ass uttered a sorrowful moan, “Alas, wretch that I am! I would have been better off if I had remained content with my former masters. Not only will my new owner work me harder while living, but he won’t even spare my hide when I’m dead!!!”
The moral being that one who is dissatisfied in one place will seldom be happy in another.
Well, let’s see what happens. It might not be “Goodbye”, but rather “See you again later”.
Happy English learning!!