A friend pointed me to this article: Brexit Blues by John Lanchester on the London Review of Books website. You can find it here: (or here if you wish to cut’n’paste : http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n15/john-lanchester/brexit-blues).
It’s an excellent piece which highlights many of the problems we’re now facing after the vote to leave the EU. Well worth a few moments of reading and then a further few moments reflecting on it.
We’ve got a lot of work to do, just to stand still or even to get back to where we were before the vote. I’m not certain that this has been recognised across society yet. The “leave” campaign evoked all the jingoistic images of Britain standing tall, alone against the world. But that’s just an unreal image of a time which can’t come back (if it ever existed at all). It also had a society which was united. Now its fractured along so many lines (political, class, nationality, religion, etc) that I find it hard to see how it can be joined together to do all the work that needs to be done.