Canal Reflections VI

By Alan_Baseley  
Independence Day
The first day of a new era and the end of a European dream that turned out to be a nightmare of centralised control, incompetence, intransigence, corruption and introspection. Brussels will eventually realise that there is a big world out there and the EU is not the centre of it.
If the undemocratic, overpaid, over powerful bureaucrats that run the EU were not so inflexible this day would possibly not have arrived, but it has and the UK must look forward and engage and trade with the world, hopefully as friends and equals.
Boris and Co. have a lot to live up to and a lot to deliver, but even if they only deliver on some of the promises, the last 47 years will come to be regarded as an aberration, a dream that was, well, just a dream.
Let's move forward with optimism.

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KingArthur 14 8 Malta
1 Feb 2020 10:27AM
Beautiful composition, lovely shot Alan

Joe Smile
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
1 Feb 2020 10:34AM
Lovely photo Alan!

Lovely capture and an interesting narrative Alan.
mac Plus
19 10 Scotland
1 Feb 2020 12:19PM
I like how you have a sunlit grass in foreground and then the dark water leading you towards the white house with reflections in between. Interesting notes as well!
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
1 Feb 2020 1:12PM
We shall see what happens: my biggest fear is that we will now become the 51st state of the USA, on the wrong end of a trade deal that we are not powerful enough, alone, to resist.

And I'm sure that there will be introspection in the rest of our continent. Where we've got to is the result of limited competence in many places, here as well as there.

And let's approach it - whether we see it as the apocalypse of a bright new future - as something interesting, something challenging, and something form which we can emerge better than we are now, and happier to get along with each other (and all our friends abroad, in every country).

One of the lovely things about this site is that it has brought me friends all over the world: we may never meet, but I've found the idea that we are all the same, all want the same things for our chldren, all need the same cleaner, cooler world mightily affirmed.

And this is a really lovely, complex and intriguing composition, as Ian says.
1 Feb 2020 1:30PM
I doubt very much we shall become part of the USA. For one reason the American Constitution is very rigid and whilst it may have been excellent 200+ years ago it seems to me that it has not evolved to meet the modern world whilst here in the UK the unwritten constitution is much more flexible and adapts, albeit slowly, with the needs of the times.
Whilst I am not particularly a fan of the USA I haven't forgotten that it was the Americans that have kept what peace there has been in Europe since WW2, not the EU as some of the more ardent Europhiles claim.
1 Feb 2020 4:59PM
A beautifully composed image - delighted to make it 30! Lovely reflections, shadows and colours. SmileSmileSmile
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2020 5:05PM
Certainly a day for reflections and most certainly un seen future.
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
1 Feb 2020 6:00PM
Lovely reflections Alan. Onwards and upwards, or outwards. Interesting challenges ahead,
once the dust settles we'll find out if our Little Island still has a place in the big wide world.

1 Feb 2020 7:45PM
Wonderful perspective, reflection, light and shadow, great image.
Stunning image & reflection, Alan.
Your incisive narrative adds great context.
Let's hope for the best for the UK.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
1 Feb 2020 10:00PM
Alan, I can imagine the present president of the USA being quite content to dictate everything we do... And while American forces have kept Europe safe from invasion (possibly guaranteed by the French and British nuclear forces ensuring htat they remain loyal to us, as if we get involved in a shooting war, they can't avoid the fallout), within Europe, economic forces help make friends - even if they are sometimes reluctant.

And the economy will continue to bnd us together, I think. They need us - and we, in turn, need them.
2 Feb 2020 12:24AM
Trump will do what he thinks will be best for the USA and, hopefully, there are a few signs that we may, at last, have a government that will do what they think is best for the UK and will not be the pushover in negotiations with both the EU and the US that we have become used to in the last few decades.
Wel, quite a conversation.....and from this side of the pond......well you have Boris.....and we have our tyrant, who I prefer not to name. There are many of us who look to overthrow him and save American democracy,,such as it is. I have never thought about our constitution from your perspective, Alan. My sense has always been that the framers intentionally wrote it to be not too specific, understanding that it is a document that would need to be flexible to accommodate change in the world and the US. Unfortunately, right now we are saddled with a reactionary Supreme Court interpreting the constitution. To serve their right wing perspectives.

We will get rid of Trump, hopefully this year (I don't know if,our institutions could survive another four years of him. You will not get rid,of Brexit.....for,better or worse.

dales Plus
5 11 Australia
2 Feb 2020 10:45AM
Great reflection on life and in your image Alan
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2020 5:40AM
Stunning light and reflections and scene...
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