Friday, 18 November 2016

Winners and losers - Brexit and Trump.

I have not commented on Brexit here in the UK because during the lead up to the referendum there were high emotions between friends, relations and families throughout the country which had the potential of causing division. Although I have not broadcast my feelings on the matter it is obvious from my previous posts that I was always in support of exiting our membership of the EU.

Just a few days ago the United States of America elected Donald Trump as it's 45th president and the backlash is similar to that experienced in the UK in June following the Brexit referendum, but more so.

I will not expand on that now as, firstly, it is done, and secondly it's not the issue that I want to discuss.

Apart from the obvious what does this tell us about modern day politics?
To me it says that the public are so fed-up with politicians thinking that they can run rough-shod over the people they are elected to serve. Instead of the dog wagging the tail, for years the politicians have been under the impression that the tail can wag the dog, to their downfall.

This should be a wake-up call to anyone across the world who is in authority, and who may be reading this blog.
Listen to those below you and ignore them at your peril.


Also, why is it that there is large number of people in both countries that feel that they can ignore the democratic wish of the majority and demand a re-run and do their best to disrupt the democratic process.
Democracy, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is 'the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves'. Why is it that people find it so hard to accept this principle?
Or is it something deeper than that?
Is it possible that the younger generation have been brought up to believe that no-one loses and everyone wins? And in the guise of political correctness we have led our children to believe that there is no such thing as failure?
Makes me wonder.

What is your opinion?

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