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Brexit's 'unicorns' and the idiocies, fantasies, myths they spawn

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“A Parsi named Saam from Kolaba
Opened a north Indiandhaba
Serving tandoori naans
And exoticpaans
And even Kashmiri Gushtaba.

Other Parsis were all in a fury
They appealed to a panchayat jury
‘What’s wrong with this Saam
Aprikom noo badnaam
Why not Sali-ma-gos and akoori?’”
From Mhamma Bola Biskit Lao, by Bachchoo

The British Parliament, coiled in the impossibilities, cul-de-sacs and the verbal barbed wires of Brexit, has coined a new metaphor. Members, primarily those against leaving the European Union, refer to the plans and projections of the Brexiteers as “unicorns”.

This metaphor for fantasy appears in parliamentary debates and in articles in the press characterising the Brexiteer’s projections of prosperous partnerships with India, China and the United States when Britain leaves the European Union as a myth.

The British satirical press has played the entertaining game of counting unicorns or mentions of them in Parliament.

The metaphor aptly sums up the flat-earth fantasy outfits, who claim to be representing a socialist or Marxist view and advocate a Britain outside the EU in order to form a front of countries which will then battle the United States. Barricades in the Atlantic, the Pacific and, of course, the US-Mexico wall?

This is the fantasywallahs’ mammoth unicorn. Which are these countries who will form this universal socialist front? Vladimir Putin’s Russia? Libya? Maduro’s Venezuela, the Ayatollah-Socialist Iran, ISIS…?

As the Brexit debate, which has breached........

© The Asian Age