Via Blair Watch | Oh, the Good old Westminster bubble, the small enclosed world of Britain’s political class. We noticed that, almost unanimously they pronounced David Davis as a wild nutcase off on a farcical flight of fancy. Indeed it was remarkable at just how slow to react the major parties were.
Then the polls came in. The Great British Public seemed to take a different view. This is a problem for democracy as the ‘opinion leaders’ and ‘policy formers’ as they like to style themselves have frequently found themselves on the wrong side of public opinion. now sometimes this is no bad thing, but when it happens so often, one must wonder if those providing ‘informed comment’ really are informed about anything beyond the bubble.
For politicians to reach out beyond the bubble is vital to keep democracy alive.
This is a general political problem that seems to be some kind on natural phenomenon. In Brussels it is magnified, and so is the problem.
It’s glaring, embarrassingly so. I love Brussels, it’s a vibrant, quirky, multicultural city – frankly underrated in most tourist guides, but the ‘EU Quarter is something very different.
It’s almost entirely white. As I wander around the parliament and various Commission buildings, practically the only non-caucasians I see are the cleaners and the dogbodies moving furniture.
I photograph a lot of conferences and I’m faced with a sea of pleasant, intelligent white men in suits. Not a photographers dream. Frankly the EU bubble is about as diverse as a Ku Klux Klan rally. Secondly, almost everyone involved is taking the EU Shilling in one way or another.
I want to make it plain that I am pro-Europe, but I believe fundamental reform, not just of treaties but of the bubble is the only way forward.