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It’s a funny old world

April 3, 2018 10:30 AM

It no doubt seems to many people that we have been talking about Brexit for far too long, that we should just "get on with it" and leave the EU, as if it were just as simple as clearing your desk and getting on the next train out.

"The people have spoken" and so their democratic will must be obeyed. This from many of the same people who at the same time demand that we should get rid of the current councillors / Assembly members / MPs, who were similarly subject to a public ballot and who surely should therefore remain unopposed and be allowed to "get on with it." In fact why bother with tedious elections every few years, once they are elected that should be it, the public has spoken and surely don't want to be given the opportunity to change their minds?

The referendum on the EU was won by a leave campaign which used meaningless emotional soundbites and misinformation and lost by those of us in the remain campaign who failed to address the very real concerns of many people who had just lost faith in the whole system of government at any level.

There were some very odd voting patterns in RCT during the referendum, which no doubt were replicated elsewhere. Deprived areas that have seen the greatest input of European money voted leave whilst more affluent parts voted remain. A measure perhaps of how local authority and Welsh Government spending of European money has not been in tune with people's expectations, and also of how they have failed to get across to people what it is being spent on with regards to education, training and job creation.

Strong Labour areas voted leave, which was not in line with the stated position of the Labour party as it was then (although it since appears to have changed) whilst traditionally more Conservative leaning wards voted to remain despite that party being more on favour of leaving. So Labour voters voted in their thousands to "take back control" and now continue to complain bitterly about the Conservative UK Government they have handed back control to.

One thing that appears certain is that we need to address the disaffection many feel about politics and we need to educate people about how the system works, who does what, where responsibility lies for various aspects of government.

Karen Roberts