Monday, June 27, 2016

LESSONS FROM A FAR

Image result for BrexitUnexpectedly defying the voices of economists, political leaders, fellow Europeans, and 48% fellow Brits, voters in the United Kingdom decided it was time to end the UK’s 43 year membership in the European Union. Used as negotiation tactic to achieve partial concession, Cameron and others apparently underestimated the level of anger, discontent and frustration that would lead to the third largest European economy leaving the great European experiment.

From an outside point of view based on media reporting, the key issues that  appeared at the forefront was protection of the British economy, national sovereignty, and national security. While the European Union provides a common market large enough for global growth, the centralized “cooperative” political environment environments usurps power that would probably best be kept in the capitols of the sovereign member nations.

Across the pond, the politics is strikingly similar. While the United States is not going to break into pieces, shaking up the political power structure is definitely in play. On both sides of the pond, equitable distribution of resources and equitable contribution to labor forces are key economic issues debated. Moreover, immigration and control of entry is one that is hot issue and growing with every terror incident attributed to ISIS. Finally, the gap between centralization of power and distribution and the voice of the people is affecting both sides.

If there is one thing we can learn from the Brexit vote, is that politicians are not effectively managing or identifying public expectations. All too often, elected officials seek to frame debates, many times contradicting obvious fact. In making a threat to achieve partial concessions, the level of support of departing an organization should be known prior to enacting a negotiation strategy. In dealing with national security threats, elected officials should realize the public will not by the obvious deception, pepetrated following Benghazi and now with Orlando. Whether in a national referendum or election, the people's voice will be heard. Far aways, but not so different.