Not the coun­try that I grew up in

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

RE­CENT let­ters have slammed politi­cians for their poli­cies, or lack of same, and for tak­ing ac­tions ,or not act­ing, with­out the critic seem­ingly hav­ing a clue as to the im­por­tant de­tails in­volved or the way in which our coun­try is gov­erned.

It’s so easy to sit at a safe dis­tance and crit­i­cise what oth­ers do when you are un­in­formed and have no re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in what­ever mat­ter is at is­sue.

The grow­ing chaos over Brexit be­trays just how lit­tle the Bri­tish pub­lic un­der­stood what they were vot­ing for and just how com­plex it would be to re­tire grace­fully and pain­lessly from the “new Europe” ev­ery­one sought so ea­gerly to build amid fears of WWIII and trade dom­i­na­tion by the US and China.

But my real dilemma about the flood of crit­i­cism is that it’s against politi­cians that we voted for, pre­sum­ably be­liev­ing that we could trust them to get things right be­cause they were the pro­fes­sion­als with all the rel­e­vant info to hand and the sys­tem in place to be able to work through the myr­iad of is­sues.

My blood cur­dles when I hear so-called ex­pert an­a­lysts, strain­ing on TV to make a politi­cian an­swer ques­tions or re­spond to crit­i­cism that he or she can­not do ad­e­quately on air for many dif­fer­ent and valid rea­sons.

Hav­ing been around a bit for a long time, I’m forced to ad­mit the UK in 2017 is not the coun­try I grew up in and is far from be­ing the once proud seat of true democ­racy. Kel Palmer Moun­tain Ash

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