Power vac­uum has been left in EU vote af­ter­math

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I EX­PECT by now you are ‘ref­er­en­dum-ed’ out, but I hope you will for­give me if I re­in­force some­thing I wrote last week. As it was pub­lished the day be­fore the vote, it has noth­ing to do with hind­sight, nor how people chose to vote.

I sim­ply said we should never have been given this re­spon­si­bil­ity.

I wrote it was ‘a de­ci­sion I don’t think should be made by us. We have MPs who are meant to do that for us. Faced with the play­ground scrap­ping that our lead­ers call de­bate, most people are no wiser than when the cam­paign be­gan. Ev­ery ar­gu­ment for stay­ing is squashed by the leavers – and vice versa.”

I stand by ev­ery word, but not to gloat. I would love to have been wrong, but it turns that many people voted for odd rea­sons, be­cause of the way their lead­ers pre­sented the ar­gu­ments for leav­ing or re­main­ing – eter­nal damna­tion on one side, a heaven-on-earth on the other.

Which­ever way we voted on Thurs­day – and I am not crit­i­cis­ing people’s demo­cratic choice; that is for them – we can’t ig­nore the squab­bling and power vac­uum with which we are left.

Few of us were in­formed enough to make such a mo­men­tous de­ci­sion which, with such a close call, is split­ting fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Sadly this hap­pened af­ter the Scot­tish ref­er­en­dum too, and now they might face it all again.

Af­ter the elec­tion, the sec­ond high­est ques­tion on Google was, ‘What is the EU?’. How on earth did these people de­cide whether to leave or re­main, if they didn’t even know what the in­sti­tu­tion was?

I sensed that many wanted to vote Cameron out, but they should have bided their time for a Gen­eral Elec­tion. It worked, he’s re­signed, but can any­one feel sat­is­fied with the man­ner of his go­ing?

Nev­er­the­less, we need to keep steady, even keep a sense of hu­mour which is even more im­por­tant in times of cri­sis. Pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions used com­edy and pop­u­lar songs to mock a much worse sit­u­a­tion in two world wars.

Last week, when I wished people luck in de­cid­ing which way to vote, I mis­chie­vously quoted Bucks Fizz’s, Mak­ing Your Mind Up.

I now of­fer their other 1980s ti­tles to get us through the next weeks/months/years: Now those Days are Gone, New Be­gin­ning and If You Can’t Stand the Heat.

And re­mem­ber they won the 1981 Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test!

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