RE: The Joys of Brexit
However the UK form of representative democracy is certainly well overdue for modernisation so that it actually becomes more representative and we don't need to resort to a referendum to try and find out what people's views are. I think we should be looking at regional assemblies modelled on the Scottish Parliament, plus a UK senate or similar, to which the component regions/'countries' of the UK send equal numbers of senators as in the US senate. We have both separate constituencies and regional lists for the Scottish Parliament and that seems to produce a better balanced result than the first past the post system. So even though we still have an SNP government here they don't have an overwhelming majority of MSPs. Also the MSPs are usually based locally and not so often parachuted into random places. Although until recently it was mainly the Lib Dems who had more of a local base in my particular area than any of the others.
Anyway, I've veered off topic a bit, and I still think Brexit will be a complete and utter disaster, in ways which many people haven't even thought of yet, but which many people warned about before the referendum. For instance, research funding may seem like a very specialised area which has nothing to do with ordinary people's lives, until you realise this could include medical and related research that could impact on the sacred NHS. In my older son's university department 40% of the funding has come from the EU. He says universities elsewhere are now already starting to be reluctant to include UK universities in collaborative projects. There's an article in the Guardian this morning questioning the resourcing of major public projects when civil servants, already over-stretched in many cases, are having to deal with Brexit issues..
Sorry to go on and on.
Daphne, thanks for reading my blog - am in a slight panic now because I wasn't really expecting anyone to read my rants!