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First Brexit. Then Trump. Now Win­ston.

It has been a year of star­tling change around the world.

Hav­ing re­cently re­turned from the UK, I re­luc­tantly get why 52 per cent of the coun­try opted for Brexit, es­pe­cially in Lon­don.

It’s cringe-wor­thy to think that anti-im­mi­gra­tion at­ti­tudes are at the heart of the EU exit, but I could see Lon­don was not cop­ing with mi­grants.

It was very sober­ing to walk along Ox­ford St and see el­derly women beg­ging out­side de­signer stores. There’s also lim­ited places for peo­ple to live.

We have re­cent proof that Lon­don does not do res­i­den­tial tower blocks all that well.

If Brexit was a move to the Right, to try and turn back the clock, then Trump’s was a vic­tory against it, just as it was for Win­ston (I see it more as his win than Jacinda’s). We’re still get­ting our heads around this abrupt shift to the Cen­tre-Left.

It’s been a les­son in how peo­ple will grab at change, and how vot­ing sys­tems can fa­cil­i­tate that, seem­ingly against all odds.

Mary-Jo Tohill

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