Times Journalist Hugo Rifkind came up with a particularly unusual analogy for where Theresa May and Brexit are right now and it went viral because it was funny and totally accurate at the same time.
BREXIT has been a “predictable mess” over the last two years, according to Harvard Professor Yascha Mounk, who used a “submarine made out of cheese” analogy to help describe the process.
|AIWA!|Brexit can be described using a “submarine out of cheese” analogy, believes Harvard Professor Yascha Mounk. The lecturer on Government at Harvard University also commented on how the British media and political class have “closed their eyes” to the “predictable mess” that’s occurred over the last two years. Mr Mounk told France 24: “It’s a strange thing in politics where it can seem for a long time fundamental laws of logic don’t apply. So for years you can go on as if it didn’t apply and people start to believe that the laws of logic don’t apply, and then suddenly they all come home to roost.
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“Somebody put it best a couple of days ago, that the basic nature of Brexit is to have promised people a submarine made out of cheese.
“Theresa May has done her very best to create that submarine made out of cheese, but eventually you put the submarine into the water and you see that it doesn’t work.
“So the Brexiteers have told Brits that they’re going to get a huge economic boost, that they’re going to get all of their sovereignty back, and at the same time they’re going to be able to trade in exactly the same terms as before.”
The lecturer added: “They are having a hard border to immigrants yet there’s no friction at the Irish border.
Brexit news: the Harvard professor said Brexit has been a “predictable mess” over the last two years (Image: Getty/France 24)
Columnist Hugo Rifkind originally posted about the “submarine made out of cheese” analogy on Twitter (Image: Twitter/Hugo Rifkind)
It’s a mess that was predictable for the past two years
“All of these things are mutually incompatible, now that people have to vote on the deal that doesn’t respect all of those things, because it’s impossible to do all of them at the same time, there’s no majority for it.
“So it’s a mess that was predictable for the past two years, and what’s amazing is that large parts of the British media and political class have closed their eyes to that evident fact for so long.”
The “submarine made out of cheese” analogy was first used by Columnist Hugo Rifkind in a series of tweets.
“The thing is, the best way to understand Theresa May’s predicament is to imagine that 52 percent of Britain had voted that the government should build a submarine out of cheese;” Hugo Rifkind
“Now, Theresa May was initially against building a submarine out of cheese, obviously. Because it’s a completely insane thing to do. However, in order to become PM, she had to pretend that she thought building a submarine out of cheese was fine and could totally work.
“’Cheese means cheese,’ she told us all, madly.
“So now, having built a s*** cheese submarine, she has to put up with both Labour and Tory Brexiters insisting that a less sh*** cheese submarine could have been built.
“So that’s where we are.”
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