Brexit and The Wisdom of the Aged

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Brexit and The Wisdom of the Aged

wedding jack 025Yes­ter­day I found myself at the wed­ding of one of my wife’s co-​workers that took place in a back­yard. As I sat there I noticed two doors down a Union Jack fly­ing in the wind.

As the neigh­bor­hood was curi­ously devoid of fences I walked over and asked per­mis­sion to take a photo of the flag fly­ing as if from the stern of HMS Vic­tory. They own­ers gra­ciously con­sented and we started talking.

They had come from the south of Eng­land 25 years ago and talked of their joy at the result of the Brexit vote. I asked them about age gap between those who voted to stay and those who voted to go, and they talked of their mem­o­ries of join­ing the com­mon mar­ket and the time before it and quoted Churchill about the lessons of history.

That was the key fac­tor, like the elderly WW 2 vet I wrote about and unlike the pan­icked youths they had no fear of life with­out the EU because they had lived it and had been just fine.

My only regret was that they didn’t wish to be inter­viewed on cam­era but I thanked them and returned to the wed­ding won­der­ing if the angry youth sign­ing peti­tions had thought about this, if they hadn’t they would be well advised to read this tweet from The House of Savoy:

If only the youth who are ter­ri­fied of other opin­ions and of chalk had the courage and con­fi­dence of their elders. If they can learn such courage then they would have noth­ing to fear, after all they are not much older than the were the Few who saved the coun­try just a few gen­er­a­tions ago.

wedding jack 025 Yesterday I found myself at the wedding of one of my wife’s co-workers that took place in a backyard. As I sat there I noticed two doors down a Union Jack flying in the wind.

As the neighborhood was curiously devoid of fences I walked over and asked permission to take a photo of the flag flying as if from the stern of HMS Victory. They owners graciously consented and we started talking.

They had come from the south of England 25 years ago and talked of their joy at the result of the Brexit vote. I asked them about age gap between those who voted to stay and those who voted to go, and they talked of their memories of joining the common market and the time before it and quoted Churchill about the lessons of history.

That was the key factor, like the elderly WW 2 vet I wrote about and unlike the panicked youths they had no fear of life without the EU because they had lived it and had been just fine.

My only regret was that they didn’t wish to be interviewed on camera but I thanked them and returned to the wedding wondering if the angry youth signing petitions had thought about this, if they hadn’t they would be well advised to read this tweet from The House of Savoy:

If only the youth who are terrified of other opinions and of chalk had the courage and confidence of their elders. If they can learn such courage then they would have nothing to fear, after all they are not much older than the were the Few who saved the country just a few generations ago.