A letter to fellow parents – Have we failed?

It has been a funny sort of day; I woke up to very cool, crisp day, ahead of what is meant to be a cold and stormy weekend.

I spoke to Annie last night and we joked as to which way she was going to vote in England for the campaign to leave the European Union.

She told me in no uncertain terms she was definitely not a Brexiter;  we both thought and hoped the whole thing would be a victory for the stayers at the end.

When I turned the TV on early this morning, just as the booths had closed; all exit polls seemed to indicate the remain side would win narrowly,

As the day wore on, the impossible seemed to be happening; it appeared more and more definite the vote would favor leaving the EU

Whilst I have been following this quite closely, I was not prepared for the shock this result would cause; I was so confident that; when push came to shove, the Brits would finish up staying and the world would muddle on.

What does this mean for us in Australia? I really don’t know, but already; the Pound has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years and the Australian share market has dropped substantially.

Just what the world needs at the moment; more financial instability and more people profiting from turmoil, I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

The world seems to be at a turning point with a strong push backwards to a simpler time, fed by politicians preying on people fears, rather than embracing change and moving forward.

I despair of a future where nationalism is an excuse for xenopbobia, where intolerance is the order of the day and where the gains of the past 50 years are eroded.

None of this will probably affect me very much in the time I have left; but anyone; who is proud of their children, the independent lives they have forged and the children they have in turn, raised; must worry about a world with scant regard to the climate we are destroying, the rising disparity between rich and poor, the dumbing down of education and; the level of political debate where fear seems to be the major currency

Bruce

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