Bristling Brock speaks out...

 

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Have we reached a state of such divided public opinion over Brexit that whatever arguments and debates continue we are all now largely committed to our own perceptions of what is the best outcome ?  Does this make for irreconcilable, politically postional camps across the country in the future - for we have as a nation engaged with the Brexit political debate in ways that we have never previously done - and does that prospect actually matter ?

Logic would suggest that it does matter, for a divided nation (irrespective of the cause) is a malcontent position for large swathes of the population and there develops a natural and automatic tendency for the divisions on one subject to cascade around and become the divisions of other causes as well.  The net effect is a lack of social cohesion, a lack of national self-confidence, a disrespect for the Rule of Law (again irrespective of the common belief that parts of the law are 'truly an ass') and a broadening disrespect of the bedrock values we regard as being the root of Britain's constitutional democracy.  We may not like or agree with our form of democracy, but in reality it is the very substance of how we live our lives in this nation - and if this foundation level concept is diminished then we will all be the worse for it. 

All this is not to say there shouldn't be the processes of change at work.  Our constitution is unwritten and has the sometime value of that being interpretive and adapted to circumstances - so it is open to being regarded in different ways should we choose.  What is important is that we delegate the authority to make those changes and adjustments to these fundamental guidelines of our lives to our government.  We put a mark on a ballot paper and we empower a political group to form a government.  How those people become eligible for participating in government is, however, something the wider electorate can press for change upon, as electoral reform is key to expanding the understanding of political representation and equally expanding the belief that the government and our parliamentary representatives are fairly and justly appointed.

So the crux of Brexit is, perhaps, a matter of faith.   If we have no faith in government then we will eventually tread the road toward anarchy.  The government is our means to live our lives in a comparitively orderly and managed way.  We may resent that notion but it is, for the most part, a truism of the British way of life.  Bristling Brock will always argue for change on those issues that clearly need something of a refreshed view and the political processes we have enable us to express our differing thoughts and opinions (BB will keep certain PC issues out of this part of the discussion) to weigh in on national and local issues.  That we must cherish above all else.   We have freedoms here that are conducive to our way of life and the government is the arbiter of how those freedoms of expression can be judged as meaningful influences within the political arena.  If the arguments for change are powerful enough, justifiable and popular then that change can be brought about.  Government is not perfect, but reflect a while on the vision of a state without proper governance - it is not a pretty sight to behold.

So BB, despite many reservations on detail, would argue that we must believe in and have faith in our government at this testing time.  If we continue to force division, we will end up with chaos beyond anything imaginable.  Whatever the government does now - and it surely must take a position - all things remain on the table for future discussion.  Nothing is forever.  But first things first, the country needs to come together now and unite behind the government and have faith in the choices it makes.