Beware of Hidden Consequences

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching. – Sivananda

According the Independent, ‘Britain is to be kicked out of Europol‘.  This may, or may not be so, as there is a long road ahead of us and Brexit raises more questions than it answers.

Putting party politics above the good of the country.

I can’t help but feel that british politics has lost its way and that there is a need for a new kind of politics and a change of cultural in government. The promise of the conservative party to hold a referendum on staying in the European union or leaving it was short sighted and naïve. And in my mind a manipulative move to gain power, which sadly, has now backfired.

 Leadership and accountability

A captain does not hand over the controls of his ship to the passengers and allow them to steer whatever course they decide

I will not mince my words here, irrespective of which side of the fence you sit, the referendum should never have taken place.  Why? Because despite all of the debates that took place, most of us were not in a place to make an informed decision, the debates that did take place were generally of an emotive and subjective nature.

In my mind, leaders abdicated their responsibilities to manage, govern and lead. Worst still, they are able to walk away from the chaos of their decision making without any accountability for their actions or the consequences imposed by their actions. The governments actions in term of the referendum amount to gross mismanagement and they should be held accountable for the result. A captain does not hand over the controls of his ship to the passengers and allow them to steer whatever course they decide.

Decision Making and Hidden Consequences

He that has a choice has trouble. ~Dutch proverb

Have you ever made a decision and been surprised by an unexpected outcome of that decision? That’s a ‘hidden consequence’. And it may be a positive consequence or a negative one. The UK has been in the European Union for 43 years, that’s 43 years of developing rules, regulations, systems, processes, legislation, culture, security and trading economics. How many hidden consequences do you think there are within all of that? And how on earth do you think we can undo all of that in 2 years? The cost of change to the country and the taxpayer will be astronomical.

I wonder how many people thought; Oh! we may have to leave Europol, or Oh! Brexit implies a cost to the UK economy of £60bn, or 2.2 per cent of GDP. (source Independent) for 2018 alone!

Democracy is the Achilles heel of politics

Sound decision making comes from gathering information that is both objective and factual and by having clearly thought out outcomes on the what, the why and the how of implementing a course of action, along with a way of measuring the success of our endeavours. Non of these were in place when the UK had a referendum on leaving the EU. And now the consequences are clear to all, except those who still have their heads buried in the sand. It seems that politics has found its Achilles heel, Democracy!

Brexit, as defined, is a lose/lose scenario, with no clearly defined benefits or outcomes for anyone.

Democracy is fine, as long as common sense prevails. A strong leader would stand up and say, ‘Yep, the country got this wrong, we, the government got this wrong and now we have to undo the damage and rethink our strategy. Brexit, as defined, is a lose/lose scenario, with no clearly defined benefits or outcomes for anyone.

 

 

 

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