Love this perspective. Living in the UK and watching Brexit unfold, much as I feared, it’s good to read a challenging piece which raises so many questions.
We hear today (Sun 26th Sept) that the Transport Minister (Grant Shapps) is blaming the Road Haulage Association in the UK for manufacturing the crisis. WTF!!!!!
Ok, once the public are told by the media that there is a crisis looming they will panic. Hence compounding the situation.
Brexit was driven, in my opinion, by a false premise and supported by false promise.
Living in Cornwall we’ve been seeing empty supermarket shelves for the last couple of months, so this is not something that happened overnight. It’s a creeping paralysis that anyone with a little forethought could have predicted. The breakup of any relationship is painful, but Brexit has not been a gentle parting it’s been an amputation. One without anaesthetic.
Our denmocracy, indeed any democracy as an ideal, relies upon voters to ask questions to form meaningful a meaningful set of opinions. What do we get? Jingoisric sound bytes aimed at emotion rather than intellect.
That’s not just in the UK by the way.
There’s a kind of mantra in marketing “give them the Wows, but not the How’s”
Listening to the Labour Party Conference presentation by Ed Milliband today doesn’t really inspire my belief in the political alternative which every democracy needs. His rhetoric was applauded for his “wows” but to me sounded vacuous and hollow when no real “hows” were presented.
With Grant Shapps speaking of a “manufactured crisis” and the silence around any meaningful analysis of our separation from Europe, it does seem that the UK is stumbling forward like Mr Magoo. Ignoring our own myopia and desperately requiring a re-evaluation of our current thinking and mindset.
Thanks for your challenging piece Umair.