Why do things fail? Now, in a technical sense, I’ve had quite a long experience finding out. Accidents, incidents, breakdowns, crashes, catastrophise, mistakes, mishaps, errors, call it what you will – “to err is human” (to forgive divine) so the English idiom goes. Never will there be a time when we get everything right all the time. Don’t be misled. That idiom is not pessimistic, as if to say there’s nothing we can do, in a fatalistic way.
It’s a New Year but the legacy of 2016 and 17 will be with us for some time yet. Whatever I have read, seen or discussed I remain opposed to Brexit. It just doesn’t make sense and it’s the wrong solution to our common problems. However, I’m beginning to think that its failure is inevitable not because of the ardent campaigning of those like me who oppose this exit but because of those trying to implement it. Ironic isn’t it? All those loud and boisterous voices are just stirring up the quicksand so that we might sink quicker.
At the heart of the reason why Brexit will fail is the shear lack of competence of those trying to make it happen. Competence is the ability to do something successfully. The subject can be divided into three components of knowledge, skills and attitude. I believe, it’s the Government’s deficiency in all these three that is the reason Brexit will fail as well as it being a flawed idea.
Time and time again the knowledge provided by experts is ignored. Time and time again a political excuse is used to say why sound advice is side-lined. So, that’s failure number one.
Next its not too difficult to see the poor skills demonstrated by prominent Ministers in the Brexit camp. Even when the whiz around the world at great expense the results are nothing more than bluff and prevarication. So that’s failure number two.
To complete set there’s an attitude problem. Making a big transformation requires real vision. Someone must articulate a positive vision in a way that is; believable, honest and inclusive. What we are getting from the Brexiters is the opposite; unbelievable, dishonest and sectarian. Its born of a narrow view that those that voted Remain are an enemy within.
Today, Leave and Remain supporters want to understand where we are going. Brexit is doomed. Its about time to wake up. A vision is needed that creates unity and not division. We can transform not only ourselves but Europe too. Better that be our aim.