Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brexit, Trump and All That



Vlad and I are in shock.  That Britain should have opted to turn the clock back and leave the EU was unimaginable.  The tiny margin between the 'leave' and the 'stay' votes speaks about a country strongly divided.  The situation in GB in fact, mirrors what is taking place in the US with the nostalgia for days past when people felt that they had a secure place in a country that resembled them.

What saddens me is that 74% of people under 24 years old voted to stay in the EU on Thursday night. Does the future not belong to them?

I don't like what is going on in the world most of the time.  What is taking place now feels close to home and completely unrealistic.  When has wanting to go back to the way things were in the past ever possible or thinkable?

In a time of globalisation how is it possible to think about becoming more insular? And how is it possible to think that exclusion is a step forward?




3 comments:

elsy said...

we too are in total shock.....16 million voters have to live with what 17 million people decided....and it was in the main a protest vote against immigration whipped up by the press here in the uk. im devastated for my children, one of whom will definitely leave these shores, perhaps never to return. it has completely divided this country, young and old....rich and poor...left and right.....3 million people have already petitioned the government for a second referendum which wont happen but the strength of feeling is evident on all media.....good luck in the us! x

Anonymous said...

this what is called democracy, the will of the people...

Stella said...

Hang in the Elsy. Wait and see. It may not be as bad as we imagine.