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Fillmore lost his party’s nomination the next year to yet another military hero, General Winfield ‘Old Fuss and Feathers’ Scott, an anti-slavery candidate who then lost the election to General Franklin Pierce (whose party’s slogan was ‘We Polked you in 1844; we shall Pierce you in 1852’).
If the surprise outcome of the recent UK referendum – on whether to leave or remain in the European Union – teaches us anything, it is that supposedly worthy displays of democracy in action can actually do more harm than good. Witness a nation now more divided; an intergenerational schism in the making; both a governing and opposition party torn to shreds from the inside; infinitely more complex issues raised than satisfactory solutions provided. It begs the question ‘Was it really all worth it’ ?