In general, January is not a good month for me. I have usually taken at least three weeks off work, which makes going back even harder and it is a quiet time for my team. This should be an opportunity, a luxury to allow me time to plan and focus our work, to slip in some creative decisions but after the inertia of a three week break, I kind of need a right kick up the backside to get going again.
So I am currently spending more time on Twitter at work than I probably should. Firstly, because I should be trying to do some work and secondly because Twitter can be a dangerous place for someone feeling a little fragile.
There is a lot about Trump. Just tons and tons and despite a couple of rallying calls I saw for journalists to make sure that they were careful and accurate in their reporting, a mistake got made. There appears to be so much incredulity among the left-winged press that Trump actually got elected, that they appear to be falling over themselves to expose his lies and contractions, but at such speed that they ironically lend credence to his team’s accusation that there is a ‘theme’ and a ‘narrative’ that they are pursuing.
Maybe I just stayed on Twitter too long, but it was pretty depressing. A bit like being back at primary school.
Still, I guess one of the advantages of living in a society that allows free speech, is that these things can and will get thrashed out. It has been interesting to watch how the narrative around Brexit – at least from this distance – has evolved since the vote result from the referendum came in.
Today the Supreme Court has turned down an appeal which would have allowed the UK Government to trigger Article 50 without the consent of Parliament and in doing so has sought to protect the rights of UK citizens from a government that would seek to change legislation without each elected representative being able to vote on behalf of their constituents. Not just in Brexit, but in everything. While it may have seemed like a massive waste of money and time, it has in fact ultimately resulted in a decision to protect the rights of those in the UK. It will not stop Brexit, but it will set a legal precedent for someone gaining power and then failing to consider the rights of the people who are represented by their MPs in Parliament.
This is how the system is supposed to work; checks and balances so that at each stage the decision making is ratified. Of course people will always get in the way of any system: bargains will be struck, back door deals will be done and people will ultimately find a way of subverting the system, because that is what people do. For the first time in my life, I find myself actually understanding why people like history, because time allows us a safe distance from which to view the carnage.