Are you bored of elections yet?
I think I am done with elections, but yet again we are facing imminent votes in France and the UK. These elections, in particular, are vital ones to the dairy industries in both countries, as the fate of the sector lies in politicians on either side of the Channel making sound decisions about Brexit and future cooperation. I think what we don’t need is more isolationism and nationalism.
It is not working out very well so far for the UK and the US. Any hope that the outliers would band together has been surely dashed by the current White House occupant’s refusal to sort out a trade agreement with the UK before the EU. Let’s face it, if you can get access to 500 million consumers, you’ll do that pact before you look at the 65 million British consumers. The special relationship between the US and UK has always looked a bit lopsided, and that will not change, I suspect.
As Stephen Hawking very eloquently put it in a recent article in the Guardian, “For me, the really concerning aspect of this is that now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together. We face awesome environmental challenges… right now we only have one planet, and we need to work together to protect it. To do that, we need to break down, not build up, barriers within and between nations.”
So, fingers crossed that voters pick reasonable options at the polls in the next few weeks. It is going to be a struggle to balance the exit from the EU, and the continuing flow of chaos from across the Atlantic, with reasonable choices at the helm. Choosing poorly isn’t an option anymore, and I for one would like to opt for the hopeful choices, rather than the paranoid, inward-looking ones. Get to it, France and the UK.