A magic carpet ride, from Chachoengsao to Bangkok.
What to think about the Brexit result…
Up to 48% of people reading this, will be feeling an overpowering sense of fear. I respect that fear & won’t patronise people by saying everything will be the same, because it won’t; it was never going to be.
Personally, I see the situation like this: we are crammed in a dark room, scrambling for matches on the floor which none of us can find. People are standing on each other’s fingers; lashing out on those they’d normally embrace.
In time though, neighbours, faraway entities, even unlikely figures, will shed light into our darkness & things will become clear.
We could spend months, years, focusing on why the UK voted for Brexit, but that won’t change the result.
We could spend months, years, hating those who didn’t share our same view, but that won’t change things either.
Who is to blame for the Brexit result?
One thing worthy of our attention is to look at, or take responsibility for, our individual political engagement in the run up to the referendum…
Everybody is commenting on social media now – and rightly so. But I wonder how many of these, especially the ones feeling most passionately against us leaving, were as vocal before the results? What proportion clearly stated to their peers that, if we were to leave, they would categorically lose x, y or z – prior to voting day?
I know a handful of people in this category – and despite us sharing opposing views or valuing different priorities we still said our bit. For this, they have my respect.
I feel disheartened by those who were silent before but now shout their friends down or remove them; or those who didn’t even vote yet now have the audacity to complain?!
If one positive comes from this let it be that, for future elections, more people engage in the process to fight their corner before a polling day.
If people don’t have a mandate to engage politically now, then what on earth must it take? The UK has made the biggest statement in recent global political history. If this result has taught us anything it’s that polls should be ignored, and people power can achieve change (whether that be good or bad…)
… If people switch back to Big Brother & dismiss their polling card when it next lands on the doorstep, then we might as well dismantle Westminster, brick by brick, and place Big Ben on ebay.
Regardless of how we voted, we need to maintain momentum – and it’s up to each of us to push for & achieve this.
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