June 24th 2016 will go down in the history of the U.K. as the dawn of a new era. The day over seventeen million of us voted to leave an organisation which has bullied our nation for over forty years. On more than one occasion since 1066 it was up to Britain to stand up to the might of France, Germany, Spain (the usual invasion suspects) and the other twenty four members of the EU. Since we were taken in to the organisation in 1973 successive prime ministers have battled against the odds while our wealth and industry has been plundered by nations who’ve been trying for centuries to gain access to our coffers.
Our Prime Minister has resigned, a decision I find odd, especially from a man who was so passionate about staying in the EU. Surely had Mr Cameron been a true leader he should’ve put his hands up with the battle cry ” the people have spoken, let me lead them forward and rebuild!”
Facebook, Twitter and other social media has been alive with some pretty nasty comments by users in the “remain” camp but people do say some pretty awful things when they’re frightened so I can forgive them.
What I have found discerning though, is the amount of people who have been screaming for a second referendum, many of those quite young and who didn’t bother to register to vote. Younger people have reacted by blaming older generations for “messing with our future”. Ironically this is just how I thought when after the referendum in 1975, “progressive thinking” people voted to take us into the then Common Market. I had voted but the fear of the new and unknown was daunting but we survived and we will again! Make no mistake, politicians lied back then as well, it’s not a new phenomenon.
July 13th arrived and since the turmoil of the Brexit vote, the panic of a nation seemingly frightened of its own shadow let alone of the rest of the world has been somewhat abated by the appointment of a new prime minister, Theresa May. Prime Minister May has a difficult task ahead, re-uniting the Conservative party and ensuring the U.K. exits the EU on the best terms possible. Her first speech on the steps of No 10 was, I thought, asserted and broad in its content appealing to people across the country. If she is able to put the words into action she will put a divided nations trust back into politicians and impress the rest of the world.
So what have we learned from the past three weeks? I feel that democracy is still alive and kicking. I feel our citizens have strong political views. I know I’ve probably lost a few friends because of mine, but I ask this question. If the the vote had been in favour of remain, would I have accepted the majority decision? Of course I would because I’m a firm believer in the people of the UK.
Wisdom is only gained by experience, so here’s a little advice from someone who’s lived a little of life. Everybody and every vote makes a difference, so in future use your vote, then you can criticise. Also learn to accept a decision by a majority because this the way democracy works whether that majority is one, five or ten million.
Enough said on this small part of history, my next blog will be on a much different and less controversial subject, I promise!
As always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.
Thanks for reading. 🙂