Reasons to be cheerful -post referendum

Many of us are still coming to terms with the breakup of our relationship with the EU, hoping it will work out and fearful of what the consequences might be. Its encouraging to read here that Sebastian who has lived for some time in the UK thinks that we have certain character traits that will get us through:

…….oh well, let’s get on with it then!

When I came to the UK, I did not come with many preconceived ideas as such. The one that I recall is that of the British supposedly having a ‘stiff upper lip’ and being rather distant and challenging to befriend. Well, it could not be further from the truth and I have made some very good friends over the years across a range of personalities, stations in life and of course socio-political standing.

What did surprise me was the dogged position that people would take on just about anything, i.e. the NHS, a fifth runway, the EU lately, etc., the passion with which people would stand up for their position on things and the determination to get to the bottom of things if they feel aggrieved, treated unfairly or just because it would seem the right thing to do for the country and the people.

What surprised me most of all over the years, is the stoicism with which the British people, once accepting the outcome of a given situation would then join together and ‘..then just get on with it’. It is this very fabric that got them through the wars, the blitz, the financial crash (although we are not quite there and the new crisis will make it that much more complicated) and I sure this latest crisis, once the dust has settled, the UK will get on and fix whatever is broken and build even stronger resilience

I trust implicitly, that once this painful phase of rhetoric and destructive inaction diminishes, that what is so brilliant about being British will flourish and the contemporary, calm, creative and caring Britain will once again walk tall and build bridges to all its people and the world beyond.

I cannot for one moment having lived here for seventeen glorious years, belief that this is the Britain that stood for all the good things in human relationships, the peace maker and being instrumental in helping with the governance of the world

So I say today, let’s not give up on the good people of Britain, give them a little space and let them’..just get on with it’ I have always admired this element of the British psyche and will continue to do so since I know that in the end good sense will prevail

Sebastian

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