• Re­form is of­ten a re­sult of po­lit­i­cal peril

The Guardian Weekly - - Opinion -

Michele Gelfand talks of the de­sire for strong rule by peo­ple who feel threat­ened (There’s a science be­hind Brexit and Trump, 21 Septem­ber). How­ever, na­tional cri­sis is of­ten the cat­a­lyst for rad­i­cal re­form. Roo­sevelt’s New Deal on the back of the Great De­pres­sion brought pro­found and ben­e­fi­cial changes to the United States. Post­war Ger­many and Ja­pan be­came mod­els of good gov­ern­ment af­ter the dis­as­ters of 1945.

With Brexit the UK will end up in the in­vid­i­ous po­si­tion of a trad­ing na­tion out­side all of the world’s main trade blocs. Whether one re­gards this as a “chal­lenge” or a “peril”, it is still a threat. Maybe the shock will shake the coun­try to make changes that it needs like few other coun­tries. This is the time for the UK to rid it­self of the trap­pings of 18th-cen­tury im­pe­ri­al­ism. Robert Horn Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada

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