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The first lesson from Biden: respect for the opposition is the first step to healing | Caroline Voaden

November 19, 2020 8:00 AM
Originally published by Liberal Democrat European Group

Caroline Voaden

Our vice-president Caroline Voaden (above) has written for West Country Bylines on the outcome of the recent U.S. elections and the wider lesson it gives:

"The relief, and even joy, at Joe Biden's win in the US elections has been somewhat tempered by the spotlight it has shone on something that has been lacking in our politics for years, but is now more obvious than ever by its absence.

"Respect. And by that I mean respect for the opposition.

"As someone who campaigned ardently for us to retain our place in the European Union, the one thing I believe would have made a huge difference from day one would have been for someone on the 'winning' side to honour our loss.

"To say to the Remainers: 'We hear you. We know why this mattered to you. We can see why it is so important to you, to your families and to your community. And we respect that.' "

You can read the full article here:

The first lesson from Biden: respect for the opposition is the first step to healing