I began by thinking that the social hysteria and general political turmoil was a uniquely British thing, but - as with the 1968 revolt - it seems to be a worldwide phenomena.
Of the three national referenda that have taken place in the last few weeks, the people seem to have made the wrong decision, or at least not the one that had been confidently predicted by the politicians who offered them the choice.
Not only that, but the margins were almost identical to our Brexit one in both of the others. The other thing they have in common with ours is that there seems to be no strategic follow-up plans for the vote to go any other way than incorrectly predicted.
The probable reason for this is that the results going any other way was an inconceivable outcome, the ramifications of which were impossible to write down concisely for the electorate to consider without spending all their spare time reading it for a year during the run-up, and possibly gaining a university degree in economics or social history at the same time.
I don't pretend to understand the situation in Colombia, but I would have guessed that given the choice between continuing to be bombed and shot at as they have been for decades, and accepting the surrender of arms by FARC in return for legal indemnity along the lines of Peace and Reconciliation, they would have chosen the latter, but they didn't.
I am not making any judgement about this - I am not qualified to do so - but I find it hard to understand why 86% of the residents of Sunderland would vote to leave the E.U. knowing that by doing so, Nissan would shelve plans for the expansion of the car plant there which employs so many people who have so many dependent families, and possibly even move the plant elsewhere to a more confident and economically predictable climate - if there is going to be anywhere like that in Europe in the future now that Britain has pushed over the first domino.
The only explanation I can come up with is that they didn't, because they were not given enough information and the vote brutally boiled down to a simple 'Yes' or 'No'.
The IT companies in the North East are very confident about their future, because they are very light on their feet. All they need is an office and a computer - unlike heavy industry. This is going to sound very class-oriented and socially stereotypical, but can you imagine pulling a miner out of a mile-deep hole and teaching him how to write computer code in a small office?
There is only one predictable outcome that I can see in Brexit, and that is - for good or bad - a whole section of society is going to fall by the wayside. It only takes a handful of people to operate Fracking machinery.
Footnote: Theresa May seems to be the only one to have learned a lesson from all of this, and the lesson is: 'Don't give the people a choice'.
After the several years that the Conservatives had pledged to embark on a program of devolution in giving more power to local government, the day before yesterday she overturned a local council's decision to ban Fracking in their area and gave a licence to a foreign company to begin as soon as they are ready. It's all gas.
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