A Time for pause

Brexit is now a fact – the people have spoken. True, they have, but did they ‘speak/vote’ for the right reasons? That’s the trouble with democracy you can’t depend on uniform knowledge or sentiment across the spectrum.

Control of borders means lots of things to lots of segments including those who genuinely fear an over stressing of public services on the one hand and the simple anti-immigration idea of the extreme right on the other. Whilst border control is a valid debate for the former it seems uncivilised for the latter. There have already been a number of dreadful racist attacks and stunts since the vote and all right minded people should unite in condemming these racist attacks. (attacks on democracy itself.) There are lots of other issues with border controls including the defaltionary effect on wages, the denuding poorer countries of their aspirational elite, to name but two.

Many younger people voted for a safe European future. Most ignored the Euro zone issues and the political imperatives allied to the Eurozone. They turned a blind eye to the awful consequences of austerity for the youth of Southern Europe. (50% unemployment). Others ignored the outside European ideal of world wide trade, and the opportunities outside Europe. Still others legitimately fear for the loss of European R & D as well as jeorpadising academic opportunity across the continent. Many feared a collective xenophobia.

The older brigade voted for a whistful desire for the ‘Old Britain’ which won wars and held the world together. They harked back to the lost days of Empire. Others still looked inward and in common with some of the young, sought safety in the days of their long passed youth.

The overall negativity of the campaign failed to hammer home the real issues of the nation’s ability to discover new initiatives in and out of Europe. Cameron embrarked on this risky adventure to salve party in fighting and he must have known the risks. Scottish independence,finacial chaos at least for a time, and yet (his) positive renegotiations with the EU (not argued through at all!)barely saw the light of day.

The strongest idea of all is that the EU has been the bastion of peace in our time, that did not seem to resonate very loudly as it should have.

Whoever you are, you will have had a dominat idea that drove you to vote. It is time for all of us to put that dominat idea in context and look for the positives for the furture of our country and how we can contribute to the rest of the world.


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