William Essex

Doorknocker in the shape of a skull with octopus tentacles.
“What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Washington to be born?” As W B Yeats might have put it in his poem “The Second Coming”. Actually, it’s a doorknocker in Falmouth, UK. My picture.

Brexit was a disaster for the UK, and Remain would have been a disaster too. We were unhappy inside the EU, so we had the Referendum, and now we are unhappy outside the EU. The country is still split down the middle.

In the US, Roe v. Wade isn’t going to go away now that the Supreme Court has contradicted itself after fifty-odd years (relying on an even older legal document to do so). The lobbyists and pressure groups are back to work to reverse or defend this new Prohibition. All of them are armed.

We’ve lost the principle of losers’ consent. We no longer accept what the voters and lawgivers give us. As a result, democratic politics isn’t working. That’s the issue, surely?

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Either the Constitution is unambiguous, or it’s not useful. Either the Supreme Court produces judgements that stand the test of time, or it’s not helping. If a Constitutional Right can be made illegal instantly, what does that tell us about the land of the free?

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William Essex

William Essex

Writer, editor, publisher, Creative Director (seriously) at Climbing Tree Books (dot net). All views are my own. Mostly.