The Huffington Post – We Will Never Forget, Brexiteers!

The majority of parents with children suffering from rare fatal genetic diseases looked on aghast at last week’s political events, as a bunch of nasty, and frankly pathetic, politicians sought little more than power and personal advancement.

Though some, zealots such as Gove, Farrage and Duncan Smith, actually believe in their infantile vision of an independent Britain outside of Europe running its own affairs like never before, others, like Johnson, do not. He saw the zealots for what they are – little men, ignorant of history, clinging to a fantastical view of what Great Britain might be – yet hoped they would nevertheless provide him with a path to power and glory. He, Boris, would take the throne, reign in the fanatics who got him there, then give the people a more palatable Brexit light.

I am angry, very angry, and write this after listening to a Roald Dahl interview on BBC Radio Four, the writer insisting that sometimes we must cry out, speak the truth and confront the bullshit we are spun. In the spirit of Roald Dahl, a heavyweight boxing champion before he became a writer, I would love to get Gove, Farrage, Johnson and Duncan Smith in the ring, and systematically beat the lies they spun throughout the campaign out of them.

I’m unclear whom I’m more angry with: Gove for his Machiavellian cunning, Farrage for his populist idiocy, Johnson for his rampant blonde but dumb ambition, or Duncan Smith for his bare-faced cheek, claiming to care for the vulnerable while simultaneously subjecting them to abject penury for six years.

But what I’m most angry about is the consequences of their actions, which will never lead to something more important than saving the lives of sick children. In one foul swoop, the Brexiteers have jeopardised the future of rare disease medical research – reducing its funding, destroying the spirit of collaboration between many European countries, and delaying vital work that will save young lives. Instead they have consigned a nation’s energy, for decades to come, to “being in charge of its own affairs again”, whatever the hell this means, as if it were not before. Brussels never ruled us, you bloody fools, it enabled us.

Murdoch and Dacre, and many of their fanatical and small-minded columnists, bang the drum for an independent Britain because it plays to their ill-informed readers, helping them sell more newspapers and feeding them the lie of a perfect Britain, a great utopia that will somehow manifest in our separation from Europe. Grow up, wise up. We must make our own happiness, which can never be found in constructs such as nationhood, the promise of every totalitarian regime. We would do far better to spend our time on things that matter: friends, family, people. Human beings make the world great, not nations.

Gove, Farage, Johnson, Duncan Smith, Murdoch, Dacre and other Brexiteers… I will not forget the consequences of your actions, my sons will not forget, other sick children will not forget, and their parents will not forget. I hope you realise in time what you have done.

About Nick Taussig

Nick Taussig is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Love and Mayhem, Don Don, Gorilla Guerrilla and The Distinguished Assassin. He has also written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and The Huffington Post. Marcel Berlins, writing in The Times, called The Distinguished Assassin “gripping, passionate, political and emotional.” Love and Mayhem was described by Alain de Botton as “full of insight and genuine innovation in form and content…capturing brilliantly all the nuances of passion.” Matt Munday of The Sunday Times referred to Don Don as “a great book.” While Gorilla Guerrilla, according to Natasha Harding of The Sun, is a “thought-provoking tale…beautifully told.” He is also a film producer. His recent credits include producer of Peter Williams’ The Challenge, Jane Preston’s Gascoigne, Ron Scalpello’s Offender and Nirpal Bhogal’s Sket (Official Selection at the 55th BFI London Film Festival with two award nominations), and executive producer of Ben Drew aka Plan B’s highly praised BIFA-nominated debut feature iLL Manors and the BAFTA-nominated documentary film Taking Liberties. In January 2013, he set up Salon Pictures with fellow producer Paul Van Carter. Before his career in book and film, Nick studied literature and philosophy at Durham University, where he obtained a First, then went on to acquire a Master’s in Russian literature from the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is also co-founder of Mtaala Foundation, an education partnership and sponsorship programme to create and support a school for vulnerable children and at-risk youth in Uganda; and a trustee of Harrison’s Fund, which fights Duchenne muscular dystrophy, getting as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for this horrible disease.