Congratulations to all my friends who voted LEAVE in the referendum. As much as I am opposed to their views I remain a progressive democrat and even though we seldom see democracy in action in my homeland the referendum provided proof positive of how people's voices, when directly engaged, can take matters into their own hands. I am not sure those who voted bothered to read or debate their views instead voting as their bellies guided them but nonetheless, I am a democrat. I dislike leaving the EU. I fear for my grandchildren's future. I hope your victory is one we all can enjoy the fruits of.
With the pound now at its lowest since the dreadful days of the mid-eighties and with American businesses having to plan possible huge redundancies due to Britain no longer being a member of the EU, let's pray this is a temporary blip and not one that will last years if not decades.
Of course, with Northern Ireland voting REMAIN there is now the matter of whether we have border controls separating one part of Ireland from the other. I would have thought the whole point of the peace process was to remove borders not raise them. I wonder how this will pan out? Eire is in the EU, Northern Ireland isn't. Is it possible this issue might see the rise again of a more militant reaction to a nation divided?
And what of Scotland? Having voted REMAIN the Scot's, who have long sought greater autonomy, will surely have yet another referendum? After all, as impartial reports indicate, Scotland is better off in the EU. Will this mean Scotland will leave the Union?
I have never thought David Cameron fit for the purpose of Prime Minister. He simply didn't provide the sort of 'leadership' I felt served mine or my nations needs. That said, and contrary to the way in which some members of my country tend to behave, I still feel he is deserving of being treated with due respect and should not be demonised nor should anyone feel the need for cruelty towards him. Personalising politics does none of us any favours and those who insist on behaving in the fashion of neanderthals are heartless, humourless, despicable individuals happy to denigrate others the better to present themselves as being superior. In other words, they are attention seekers, not free thinkers.
However, Cameron has to accept responsibility for being part of an elite, and I include in this group the Thatcher's, the Blair's, the Brown's and the Clegg's, who have slavishly pursued neoliberal policies, who have created then capitulated to the whims of globalisation, who have patted themselves on the back as free trade has benefited the few at the expense of the many. It is this hard and fast view which has seen ordinary people (and no Nigel Farge you are NOT one of them) turn to alternative politics. The rise of UKIP, who in themselves , paradoxically, are part and parcel of the same deal, has been as much a protest by the electorate against the constant stream of 'lookalike/soundalike' politicians as it has for fear of being overrun by migrants. In short, David Cameron, you have got your just deserts.
With David Cameron's resignation, following the democratic victory of Brexiteer's, we see the Conservative Party, and all those of the right, resorting to type. Cameron's replacement will be selected by party members who will have the opportunity to vote for who they think best fit to lead their party. Fair enough. Voting for your party leader is the legitimate right of any party supporters. What is very wrong, in fact, what is contemptible, is that the elected replacement of David Cameron will then, by route, become the next Prime Minister. It happened with James Callaghan, John Major, Gordon Brown and now, possibly, Boris Johnson. Neither I nor any member of the British electorate will have voted for this person. This is the very reverse of the referendum. It is undemocratic. What we should have is an election. This would provide us with the opportunity to remove the Tories from power and to replace them with something more progressive.
This in itself might prove to be a gift to UK politics. The Conservative Party is now in disarray. They are a party formed of two distinct ideologies. On the right, there is the 'Thatcherite' contingent and on the left old style 'one nation' Tories. The obvious choice is for the right to forge a new party from the bones of the now redundant UKIP whilst the others, those of the left, could fight on as 'The Conservative Party.' This, of course, holds true of Labour. They too are split. Again, the right of the party could leave and join the LibDems whilst the left, presumably still led by Jeremy Corbyn even in light of his lame performance during the referendum campaign, would forge a progressive alliance, as The Labour Party with other parties of left-wing persuasions.
One thing is for sure, even in light of all the uncertainty to our collective futures, the old ways have failed. For thirty years they have been failing. The 'crab shuffle' to the right that we have witnessed during this time needs to be halted. It simply hasn't worked. Now is our chance to take hold of a very bad situation and make it good. Now is the time for progressive politics to make a definable difference to all our lives, a collectivist, inclusive, left libertarian equitable society.
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