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If ever there was a living metaphor for the state of a nation, Theresa May’s voice yesterday said it all. In fact, to call it ‘a voice’ does not do justice as a describer – it was a croak, at times a whisper and at all times painful to listen to. As such, it summed up the state of our sick nation – a voice which, in near history, when invoked others were obliged to pay attention; now no more. Yesterday, that voice became that of an injured animal, talking only to itself – a wounded creature that had lost its way and was floundering around in the jungle looking for some safe haven in order to lick its wounds.

It may suit the collective to place the blame on The Prime Minister but this is to obviate a blame that, in reality, resides with the collective itself; for in truth we are a nation that has refused to take stock of itself and one who, for many years, has taken false succour in a belief that we have a national and global status that does not match the reality of our true circumstances. Moreover, as a nation that has not taken account of the change in our circumstances, we have continued to keep faith with institutions that derive from a quite different age; one where an unwritten constitution held sufficient democratic sway given a thriving economic and political situation. As the UK moved from a position of great wealth, that could service a welfare state, shrinking finances required institutions that could fairly take stock of our situation. Instead, we have been trapped within political institutions that could be controlled by self-serving vested interests. As a result, we have become a nation of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. In many countries this formula produces unrest and revolutions; in the UK it produced the Referendum result of 2016.

The Great British Public can well look at yesterdays sickening shambles in The House Of Commons and point fingers at its leaders. In truth we have the leaders that we deserve; one that reflects a nation that evidentially presents itself as one where individual opinions cannot come together for the common good. And though I would personally welcome a chance to reconsider, and can see great democratic merit in a 2nd Referendum, I fear this will solve nothing – in fact, it could cause yet more harm to our wounded public fabric. So, for this reason alone at this very late hour, I still hope that The Commons – and the EU – can find some way to gather around a workable compromise that allows us to move on within a reasonable short-term time-frame. If this is to happen, they will, at last, be serving the people rather than individual political agendas. Inshallah.

 

 

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