The referendum in Scotland has set off a train of expression throughout Europe of different regions who want to have a greater freedom, or in some cases to have expressed a desire to gain their independence from their current country.
A significant degree of frustration from “local” communities stems from “distant” politicians. The number of scandals, ranging from political contributions, sex scandals, tax evasion, bribery among other things. Also as states have centralised, they have distanced themselves from the electorate. They continually promise much or and fail to deliver, whilst the perception is that they are “lining their pockets ” and looking after their own interests.
This has been compounded by the inability of the current political elite to deal with the financial crisis which began in 2008. Their seeming inability to deal with the consequences and fallout from the banking crisis and the financial situations that countries found themselves in has not helped to engender faith in politicians. The complete lack of vision and inertia has meant that the electorate has lost faith in the political elite and the current political structures.
The danger that regional nationalism raises, is that the leaders of the Nationalist movements will repackage the same unfounded political promises in order to gain power, whilst leaving out the important details which would “distract” the electorate.
I am not advocating that sticking with the existing political structure and political elites is the only solution to the problems of the western world, but I am suggesting that before irrevocable decisions are made that the all the questions are asked and answers are analysed and debated.
To borrow a quote from the film Dave
It’s the definition of modern leadership.
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