Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Theresa’ Dictionary: Successful Brexit

Every empress, or prospective emperor (or empress), has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our new empress, I offer her a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help her understand the people she wishes to rule.

Successful Brexit

  1. (n – useless) “Successful Brexit means Successful Brexit” – a useless self-referential definition that allows success to be anything. But now that we have regained our sovereignty we can presumably re-write the English Dictionary.
    • “I don’t know what you mean by ‘Success,’” Theresa said.
    • Boris smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’”
    • “But ‘Success’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument,’” Theresa objected.
    • “When I use a word,” Boris said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
    • “The question is,” said Theresa , “whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.”
    • “The question is,” said Boris , “which is to be master—that’s all.”
  2. (n- obscure) A departure from the EU that satisfies at least the 52% of the voters who voted in the referendum to Leave the EU.
  3. (n – unlikely) A departure from the EU that does not do lasting damage to the United Kingdom.
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