No need for a sec­ond poll

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – The Ox­ford English Dic­tio­nary de­fines a politi­cian as “a per­son who is in­volved in pol­i­tics as a job, ei­ther as a holder of or as a can­di­date for an elected of­fice”.

There­fore, I am not a politi­cian.

I have, how­ever, lived a pretty full life.

Five years ap­pren­ticed to an ac­coun­tant, 10 years in man­u­fac­tur­ing and 30 plus years in re­tail and whole­sale dis­tri­bu­tion.

Over time I have been a rea­son­ably com­pe­tent busi­ness­man.

I can­not un­der­stand how any­one be­lieves that a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum is the an­swer to our dis­tress over Brexit.

A gross po­lit­i­cal er­ror by David Cameron took us into the mess we are in – he ob­vi­ously was of the opin­ion that we would not vote leave. As we now know, in the run up to the vote politi­cians told lies, for which there is no le­gal re­dress, and ex­ceeded al­low­able fi­nan­cial lim­its, for which re­dress is avail­able.

Many votes cast in this ref­er­en­dum could only be based on in­tu­ition as re­li­able facts were hard to find.

Re­cently, Jeremy Cor­byn at a po­lit­i­cal meet­ing asked what the gov­ern­ment had been do­ing over the in­ter­ven­ing years that we were nowhere near ready with an ac­cept­able po­si­tion on Brexit.

His con­tri­bu­tion in this pe­riod was hardly an ex­em­plar of will­ing­ness to find a so­lu­tion.

In my opin­ion, vot­ers are no more able to make a valid judg­ment in a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum than they were in the first.

Opin­ions are not a re­li­able way to run a coun­try when there is no clear guid­ance on the pos­si­ble out­come.

A A Bul­lions. 6 Glen­cairn Cres­cent, Leven.

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