All rational people know Brexit is “our Vietnam,” according to a human rights law professor.
Conor Gearty, from the London School of Economics, equated leaving the European union with a conflict that cost almost 1.4 million lives in his personal blog.
The professor said: “Brexit strikes me as our Vietnam. Everybody rational knows it is – how can I put it politely? – not going well. But no one with authority seems able to say so. Does anyone have the clout and the courage to go with it? Where is our Senator Eugene McCarthy?”
In a bid at objectivity, the professor did concede that much of the discussion is at this stage ‘speculative’ as Brexit has yet to happen.
— Conor Gearty (@conorgearty) 27 November 2017
However this didn’t stop the professor taking aim at the supposed connection between greater national happiness and Brexit.
The Office for National Statistics published a report in October showing an increase not only in the nation’s overall happiness, but a lack of anxiety regarding Brexit’s impact.
Taking umbrage with the report’s conclusions the professor said: “The ONS has reported a tangible rise in English (but only English)
ss since the Referendum vote, and it is hard not to see this as somehow causally connected.
“It is perfectly possible that economists overstate the link between material wealth and emotional and spiritual well-being.”
Finally, touching on the issue of Vietnam once more, the human rights expert did concede that it may be hard, at least on the face of it, to compare the 20-year conflict with Brexit.
“If any deaths, ill-health or misery are caused by Brexit it will prove perhaps harder to gauge,” said the expert.