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Candy floss

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's The Today programme on Thursday, Commons Leader and hard Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg described the impromptu anti-Brexit protests that erupted across the UK following the announcement that Parliament was to be suspended for five weeks, as a "candy floss of outrage". He went on to deftly point out that it was coming from "people who never wanted to leave the EU". No shit Sherlock.

So while the anti-Brexit candy floss is outraged, it would seem the old school ties really have taken over the country. "Democracy is dead" read one banner photographed during Wednesday and Thursday's protests. A Portuguese protester interrupted a Sky News interview during the protests on Parliament Square with an impassioned speech about why she was so angry at the "unelected" UK government and why she fears for her future in the country. Her heartfelt message certainly rang true with me and had gone viral on social media by Thursday morning.

On the same day as the announcement and ensuing protests, I bade farewell to two of my best friends, Carmen and José, who were returning to their teaching jobs in London, having spent summer back home with their families in Malaga. We're all uncertain about our future, but we have been since June 2016. This latest move is just one more in the roller coaster that has been the last three years.

However, for many the fight isn't over yet. Sue Wilson told SUR, "Johnson has just geared everyone up for a fight, and we say, bring it on!" But are we up against a network of Brexiteers, with the old school ties hardwired into their brains? A few years ago the Guardian newspaper ran an article about the effect elite boarding schools have on leaders, in which a psychotherapist was quoted as saying, "It leaves them ill-prepared for relationships in the adult world and the nation with a cadre of leaders who perpetuate a culture of elitism, bullying and misogyny affecting the whole of society." Sound familiar?

How the other half live.

The rest of us, or at least those of us who don't want the UK to leave the EU are just candy floss. And permit me to slightly misquote, if I may, Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the revolution (now there's an idea); it's not so much a case of "qu'ils mangent de la brioche", than let them eat candy floss.