SATURDAY, the British people have made a decision, or rather two decisions. Scotland and Northern Ireland have voted to Remain in Europe, England and Wales have voted to Leave. It seems likely that we will be dragging Scotland and Northern Ireland out with us.
The Referendum is the democratic act which has involved the largest number of voters, more than in a general election. It reveals a very large gap between the political class, the establishment, and working people: who have to wait for a visit to the hospital where mental health services are in very short supply, working time is on a zero hours contract and there are thousands of people on waiting lists for houses. Their experiences are very different from those of the prosperous, salaried middle classes from which most politicians come.
The two main political parties must do some soul searching, how is it they are so badly mis-informed about the lives of the voters which they are elected to represent. Maybe we need new parties, with new ideas looking to the future of our world. How to deal with climate change, the mass movement of people and the gross inequalities which exist across the globe. The hopes which swept across Europe, Asia and the Americas seem to have collapsed. There are those in the UK who wish to destroy the Welfare State, some billionaires think it is too expensive. In this twenty-first century we need to rekindle hope for a fairer, cleaner, greener world. We can do it.