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Reader’s comment: Recipe for trouble

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In response to Jane Kelly: Oh for a time machine, so Wells could write about Brexit,Hank Rearden wrote:

‘National existential crisis’.

Bravo, far too few people in the media have grasped this salient point. They see Brexit and avoiding the result of the vote as just another transient political issue. If only this were so.

There are a number of people who simply won’t participate in the political process again (with the Lib/Lab/Con participants anyway). Sure the Tories are in office but Labour are all over the place (and they don’t seem in full command of the issues) and the Liberals have just decided to ignore the instruction of the people altogether. They all share the shame and betrayal.

I happened upon The Daily Politics (whilst waiting in the reception area of an office building) and the indistinguishable talking heads were all saying how people like Tommy Robinson had no place in British politics. I could not help but think ‘You gave him an engraved invitation, you idiots, by ignoring the issues that mattered to people who used to vote for you.’

If people feel that voting is pointless then the whole social and legal structure starts to lose its legitimacy in the eyes of the governed. A clearer recipe for trouble one can scarcely imagine.

(This is not something I welcome of course, but the danger hoves into view for anyone who cares to look up.)

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