The unthinkable has come to pass, Donald Trump is president elect of the US. The world is in shock and America’s socially liberal society is reeling in confusion, how could this happen, what does it mean and what hope is there for the future?
I flagged Mr Trump as a serious concern relatively early in the election cycle, hearing populist noise that diametrically conflicts with my own beliefs and values. Yet, now that he is elected I find myself oddly sanguine about the situation, let me explain why. Continue reading
Dear Fellow Brits
The night of 23 June, I went to bed confident that I would wake up the next day as a member of the EU. For months the polls had been close, but I rested confident that polls are entirely unreliable. I had talked to many people and saw most of them grappling with the responsibility of their decision to vote on whether or not to leave the EU. I am sure most people I spoke to worked out that there was only one safe and sensible choice, to remain.
But now it seems that a large part of the Remain campaign brushed off the risk of a Leave vote, and with typical apathy left it up to others to take care of going to the polls. As a result, on 24 June, it was declared that the UK will leave the EU, thanks to a plebiscite that gained the support of less than 35% of the nation.
Shocking as this result was, it doesn’t seem to have overly troubled too many people at this early stage. But I would like to take a minute to explain what’s going on. Continue reading