As Boris is crowned supreme leader (sorry been watching Star Wars) and the country prepares itself for the inevitable journey of leaving the EU, I thought I better make my peace with the democratic process. Despite my protestations, rantings and general feelings of being right, my side lost! Hopes of averting the cataclysmic decision of the referendum are now dashed, time to come to terms with the facts.
The 48% completely underestimated the general feeling of disquiet that the 52% felt, somehow we failed to hear their voice or value what they were feeling. It was a general sense of being left behind by the establishment, a loss of British (or should I say English) identity, a frustration with the system. All this emotion was dumped on the institution of the EU, and a decision was taken to leave.
What has been unleashed in the last few years has been rather unpleasant. A rise of nationalism, permission for xenophobia to express itself and an aggressive shift in the public discourse. With Boris’ victory at the last election it’s now time to call a halt to this argumentative division that has fractured our nation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a terrible decision that we will regret in the years to come. We have turned our backs of freedom of movement across 28 countries, we will see a rolling back of liberal rights that have been won in the context of a united Europe and we will be relegated to a reduced status on the world stage. Worse still the very national identity and increased sovereignty that the leavers wanted will end up dividing the United Kingdom, we will probably end up with some sort of loose federation of nations. Being a Scot by blood and English by birth I believe in our United Kingdom, but now I fear it is inevitable that Scotland will leave the Union and rejoin the EU, I must look out my Scottish passport I know its around somewhere! The EU wasn’t perfect by a long way and clearly needed reform, the daft thing is by our leaving it will probably be reformed and will probably make it a stronger economic force.
There is still something very wrong with our democracy, the first past the post system favours the current political parties and the remain alliance (or should I say rebel alliance) in the last election got more votes that the leave parties. Anyway, time to stop sulking get with the programme, somehow we need to come to gather as a nation if we are possibly going to make this absurd state of affairs work.
So, this is my attempt at a truce, until the next constitutional crisis!