COMMENTARY: Yesterday’s vote will enhance British democracy, but only a spiritual revival can successfully address the major issues confronting the U.K. and other Western nations.
BY JOANNA BOGLE 06/24/2016
As Britain voted whether to leave the European Union or remain, rain lashed down across London, flooding main railway lines and parts of the London Underground. The previous day had been warm and sticky, with massive thunderstorms overnight.
Midsummer can be a strange season: June 24 dawned warm and faintly sunny, as people woke to the news that a majority had voted “Brexit,” Prime Minister David Cameron was about to resign and a new chapter had opened in political history.
For weeks, TV, the Internet, newspapers and house-to-house leaflets bombarded the nation. Leading figures in banking and show business — together with the official government spokesmen — urged us to vote “Remain.” Boris Johnson, until recently the mayor of London, and an assortment of campaigners led the campaign to “Leave.” And the Church weighed in, with the Catholic bishops urging us to vote prayerfully and after due reflection: While remaining neutral, they somehow vaguely communicated a faint sense that “Remain” might be the better option.