We here in the U.S. have been obsessed and overwhelmed with election 2016, arguably the most vile and divisive election in our history. Being so wrapped up in our own problems has kept many of us from seeing the issues facing our friends on the other side of the globe. Interestingly, it turns out that their problems closely mirror our own. I refer to the UK and the Brexit vote of June 23, 2016. Brexit was, for the UK, what election 2016 is for the US, and more than four months after the vote, the conflict is still dividing the citizens of the nation. There are a number of similarities between Brexit and our election, and if we look at what is happening now, perhaps we can learn a lesson to be applied in the post-election coming months. Yesterday, I made a new blogger-friend, David Prosser of barsetshirediaries. David lives in the UK and published a very thoughtful post regarding the post-Brexit atmosphere in the UK and has kindly given me permission to share his post. Please take a minute to read David’s post, as I believe it important for us to understand the damages that such divisive politics can bring. Thank you, David, for such a thoughtful post!
I’m depressed. There, the cat’s out of the bag. But depression isn’t the feeling of self pity many people will claim it is, and not something you can pull yourself together from as some will tell you to do. The days of the father in a working class home telling you to get on with it are far in the past as these days those fathers have tasted it too.
Why am I depressed? Well I’m suddenly having to re-evaluate so much I thought I knew about my country and the people in it. Some are people I thought I knew, and others are those I thought I could trust. When Brexit came about David Cameron left his post as Prime Minister because he had been a staunch Bremain supporter. The competition started for a replacement and I wasn’t too worried when a Bremain supporter won as she promised the…
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