IT can be difficult for individuals to admit, even to themselves, that they have made huge mistakes. Hardly surprising then that it is hard for millions who have collectively made the wrong decisions to face up to the consequences.
This seems to me exactly where things stand here in the UK, as we stumble towards the self-inflicted catastrophe of Brexit. It is equally so across the Atlantic, where it becomes clearer with each day how wrong the American people were in choosing as president an egotist and congenital liar who is totally unfit to serve.
These mistakes stem from similar roots – a collective desire to seek simple panaceas for complex problems and an unwillingness to learn more about the issues before casting our votes.
The good news is, however, that there is still just time to admit to these blunders and change track. In the USA, the mid-term elections in November offer the chance to elect more Democrats to Congress, which will almost certainly lead to the impeachment of a man who is a stain on the pages of their history that needs to be erased (Bill Carmichael, The Yorkshire Post, August 24).
It is perhaps more difficult for us to avoid Brexit, and let us be honest the deal or no deal debate avoids the key issue, as there is really no deal that will avoid a series of disasters for a UK foolish enough to think it can go it alone in an increasingly interconnected world.
I increasingly feel our way out of this mess has to lie with the political class who dumped us in it in the first place. The people did not call the referendum. It was David Cameron, approved by Parliament. In many ways the people were being used to solve a problem the politicians could not. It is now time for MPs of all parties to come together and stop this folly. Sadly, I suspect only a few have the courage and wisdom to try to do so, consequently our wrong decision will resonate for far longer than that made by Americans.
From: M.K. O’Sullivan, Victoria Street, Allerton Bywater, Castleford.
I HAVE recently been a victim of an ailment – Trumpitis. I refer to the blanket coverage, from morning to night, about Donald Trump.
He is President of the USA, not the UK, and the issue of his presidency is for Americans to resolve.
They will decide whether to give him a second term, not the media here. This simple fact seems to be overlooked by many.