New Year or Old?

IMG_1261Can I say anything good about Brexit?  The answer is emphatically “no” but….. Intriguing is the “but”.  Yes, it’s often the last part of the sentence that’s the most interesting.  Bit like learning German.  Having to listen to the whole sentence before you can figure out what’s going on.  Anyway, I digress.  I’d better rephrase that question like so; is there anything positive that supporters of Brexit and I might like?  Well, yes, maybe there is but there are better ways to get to it than Brexit.  We can do without all the jingoistic nationalism that Brexit is wrapped in.

Let’s start with saying that many people recollect history selectively and from time to time with involuntary rose-tinted glasses.  In my early youth, I saw the transition from black and white to colour Television.  To digress again, the TV is called “der Fernseher” in German.   This can be translated just as the English as “far” and “sight”.  Basically, it’s to see an image from a far.

TV was just one major revolution that changed the world.  Aviation was another and it’s in the post-war world that the jet-age was born.  That technology transformation changed everything as the globe effectively shrank.  Travel by air became available to vastly more people.

It maybe rose-tinted thinking but the spirit of innovation and experimentation of the 50s and 60s is worth reflecting upon.  Its particularly apt to reflect as products of that era are now slowly leaving our day-to-day experience.  One of them is the Boeing 747, the Jumbo.  That huge leap of faith, that almost sank its maker, is progressively leaving passenger service.  In its early days, its success was foreseen by only a few but no page of history will fail to remember it as an iconic and successful large aeroplane.  A game changer.

Back to my point.  If Brexit kindles anything other than nostalgia it would be nice if just a bit of a pioneering spirit emerged.  If Brexit doesn’t happen the whole act of throwing everything up in the air can still have a useful cathartic effect.  To say that; things don’t have to be the way they are, and that isn’t all bad.

Here I am promoting radical thinking.  Some contrast to the dull laggards of both the Conservative and Labour parties in Britain.  Clinging to past fantasies is their formula for the future.  In 2018, I hope the public will reject the fleeting comfort of retro-politics and demand more.  Let’s junk the Brexit project as it’s only a sticking plaster.  Let’s work with our partners.  Let’s get back to leading Europe in adventure, creativity and innovation all fit for this Century.   Looking ahead with vision, the possibilities are endless.

Can I say anything good about Brexit?  The answer is emphatically “no” but….. Intriguing is the “but”.  Yes, it’s often the last part of the sentence that’s the most interesting.  Bit like learning German.  Having to listen to the whole sentence before you can figure out what’s going on.  Anyway, I digress.  I’d better rephrase that question like so; is there anything positive that supporters of Brexit and I might like?  Well, yes, maybe there is but there are better ways to get to it than Brexit.  We can do without all the jingoistic nationalism that Brexit is wrapped in.

Let’s start with saying that many people recollect history selectively and from time to time with involuntary rose-tinted glasses.  In my early youth, I saw the transition from black and white to colour Television.  To digress again, the TV is called “der Fernseher” in German.   This can be translated just as the English as “far” and “sight”.  Basically, it’s to see an image from a far.

TV was just one major revolution that changed the world.  Aviation was another and it’s in the post-war world that the jet-age was born.  That technology transformation changed everything as the globe effectively shrank.  Travel by air became available to vastly more people.

It maybe rose-tinted thinking but the spirit of innovation and experimentation of the 50s and 60s is worth reflecting upon.  Its particularly apt to reflect as products of that era are now slowly leaving our day-to-day experience.  One of them is the Boeing 747, the Jumbo.  That huge leap of faith, that almost sank its maker, is progressively leaving passenger service.  In its early days, its success was foreseen by only a few but no page of history will fail to remember it as an iconic and successful large aeroplane.  A game changer.

Back to my point.  If Brexit kindles anything other than nostalgia it would be nice if just a bit of a pioneering spirit emerged.  If Brexit doesn’t happen the whole act of throwing everything up in the air can still have a useful cathartic effect.  To say that; things don’t have to be the way they are, and that isn’t all bad.

Here I am promoting radical thinking.  Some contrast to the dull laggards of both the Conservative and Labour parties in Britain.  Clinging to past fantasies is their formula for the future.  In 2018, I hope the public will reject the fleeting comfort of retro-politics and demand more.  Let’s junk the Brexit project as it’s only a sticking plaster.  Let’s work with our partners.  Let’s get back to leading Europe in adventure, creativity and innovation all fit for this Century.   Looking ahead with vision, the possibilities are endless.

One thought on “New Year or Old?

  1. rogerjhardy January 13, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I like the sentiment but it’s a bit repetitive!

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