• Ashok Dhillon

Vote Brexit - And WE All Fall Down! (#10)

The way the top British political leadership has been falling down, on both sides of the Brexit vote, since the vote, triggers the nursery rhyme in one's head: Ring-a-ring o' roses, A pocket full of posies, A-tishoo! A-tishoo! We all fall down!' (one of many versions of the rhyme).

And of course, the post Brexit situation regarding England itself, also reminds one of the other famous children's rhyme of Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall and having a great fall, and none of the King's horses or men being able to put it back together again. Currently, Britain seems to fit these descriptions of leadership and national shortfalls very well.

That the Country was going to suffer damage if the 'Leave' campaign won, was entirely predictable, and to a large degree anticipated. What was not anticipated was the sudden and unthinkable abdication of duty from the key political leaders of the Remain and Leave sides.

At the most critical moment of danger in the Country's recent history, the fact that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, quit (understandable but not ideal), and, that the two most influential and critical leaders of the Leave campaign, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, also quit, was simply unthinkable.

This collective abdication of responsibility, in such an immature manner, was not expected from the hereto respected Country and leadership of the once 'Great Britain'.

Post Brexit, Britain faces a crisis of political and economic uncertainty, and a crisis of identity and confidence. The cumulative damage from those dangers are already exacting a heavy price in the form of internal political and social turmoil, and a trashing of its venerable currency the Pound-Sterling (at a 31 year low), and the undermining of its financial and real estate markets. And this is just the beginning of the political, social and economic damages to come.

As uncertainties mount regarding the way forward, and the negative impact of Brexit becomes more fully quantified, Britain could experience fairly severe damage to its political and economic standing in the World, at least in the near and mid-term.

It was precisely at this time, and for precisely this reason that the country needed its most influential, dynamic and experienced leaders, from both sides of the question, to step up and provide the leadership that was needed, to guide the damaged nation to a safe harbor, wherein long-term repairs could have been initiated and undertaken. Not Leave a gaping hole! Instead, they all fell down.

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