A to Z of Historical Blunders: Episdode 22

The vagaries of voting

Welcome to the A to Z of Historical Blunders, the show that reminds us about the dangers of history repeating itself.

Voting is a powerful thing, the results of which exercise us endlessly, as in the cases of Brexit and the election of President Trump. Twenty-six percent of Britain’s population voted to leave the European Union in 2016. That same year, little more than a quarter of the voting-eligible population in the United States chose Donald Trump as President.

Enacting laws that prevent or discourage citizens from voting creates justified seething resentment and civil unrest. Polarising communities, and using peoples’ voting rights as a bargaining chip is bordering on the unforgivable.

The article on which this episode is based can be read here