Ok. It’s no secret that a lot of Brits are in shock and awe that their votes to exit the European Union actually had consequences. Like leaving the European Union. There’s plenty of talk today about a new referendum, a magic do-over, pretty pleeeeeease, to acknowledge the real-time, real-life consequences of unfiltered, unconsidered social-media consumption. Major, honking OOPS.
And now, folks, this just in from Golf Digest: “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is looking for a do-over on its vote to continue excluding women from becoming members at Muirfield”, Martin Dempster of the Scotsman reports.
I don’t know whether to laugh or clap (me, not Martin). “Muirfield is seeking to hold a fresh ballot on women members before the end of the year,” he writes. “The development was announced in a statement issued by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers this morning. Thank you, Brexit, I think.
“It comes six weeks after the club’s committee failed to secure the two-thirds support it required for a proposal to admit women members.”
Brexit has had the unforeseen consequences of stretching as far, apparently, as the lush links of Muirfield. The honorable gents running this fine establishment fancy a re-do of their own Mrexit, because it turns out there are consequences there, too. Very public ones. Hallooo British Open.
Break out the single malt ladies. The days of second-class citizenship at private clubs are looking numbered. In the famous words of Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Oh yes it does. Especially when social media gets it in its ravenous, unfiltered maw.