Yesterday, Theresa May announced that in 50 days, the U.K. will hold a general election.
There will be a vote this June, she said, about a vote last June, and a chance for the electorate to have their say on what they’ve already said. So she said.
Except it is not. This vote is no more a vote on the previous vote, as that vote was on our membership of the European Union.
The Conservatives have, so their snake charmers tell them, much to gain and little to lose. This vote is about cold hard political power, not a mandate for Brexit. It’s about building a bigger majority in the House of Commons as means of accelerating their increasingly oppressive agenda.
This is what Baudrillard might have deemed ‘hyperreal’- where we can no longer distinguish between reality and a simulation of reality. Indeed, reality is long gone*, we have put ‘the map before the territory’, as has been the case since last June.
* An example of ‘putting the map before the territory’ (Brexit campaign bus 2016)
The claim that this vote’s reality is about Brexit is a ruse, an ‘allegory of the Empire’, and this narrative will proceed, complete with supporting semiotic cast, as the Conservatives continue to unpick the welfare state.
Today we know, that the government know, that we know that – all is not what it seems, and their lies are built upon old lies and even older myths.
However, in this liminal electoral space, their lie is only but one truth, be it a well reinforced, in a soup of truths. Another version of a truth is, that in this space, they are just as fragile as we are.
These are indeed unruly times, what matters now, is that we are too.
Curtis, A (2016) Hypernormalisation, BBC Iplayer [available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04b183c ] & a link to his blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/entries/02d9ed3c-d71b-4232-ae17-67da423b5df5
Poster, M, (2001)(eds) in Jean Baudrillard: Selected writings, Chapter 7, Simulacra and Simulations, Polity, London
Orwell, G (1948) 1984, Polity, London