“The Swiss have shown spectacularly that there is a difference between what is said at the local pub, and the opinion of the people.” – Heiko Maas, German justice minister
Democracy….What is it good for? What does it mean. To whom does it mean that?
Brexit has opened a clear divide. Not between losers and winners so much, as between those that believe MP’s work for the people, and those that believe MP’s work for what they think is best for the people.
The Brexit vote was the largest vote ever in UK history. In numbers, importance and division. It was also, therefore, the largest display by a parliamentary democracy of allowing direct democracy.
Parliament allowed the vote, because they were absolutely sure, like every other person now asking for another vote, that their side of the argument would win. It didn’t.
The rules of the referendum were clear. The government sent us a handy leaflet costing £9m, (that doesn’t get counted in official spend), spelling it out:
The commons voted this through. They voted in majority to allow the above piece of once in a lifetime direct democracy to take place. But now, on hindsight, that wasn’t such a good idea.
Brexit, and its implementation – or not, is not a fight between leave and remain. Its now between those that think an act of direct democracy should over-rule our parliamentary system.
I like direct. Its so…..direct. They asked me and millions of others a question. We answered it – directly.
Now suddenly that direct question isn’t relevant, because we have other rules we will implement after the result, which the government explicitly said, would not be implemented.
Its exactly like that time that your boss called you into a team meeting. Wanting to look like he cared, he asked you all what you thought. He then plowed ahead with what he thought in the first place. He’d included you. That was enough. Made him feel like he listened. Genuinely listening to your opinion is silly.
I think that we should get more questions asked to us the plebs. Ask me directly: what do I want doing with the NHS budget? Do I want to go to war with a country? Should rail be privatized? Should the minimum wage be increased?
See what answers you get. Lets find out if the media have all the answers, or we do. Is Twitter, public protests or BBC Question time audience a real reflection of what we, as a country desire?
Ask me. Ask everyone. You might get the answer you wanted. You might not. But then you should have done a better job of convincing us that your answer was right in the first place. Don’t ask me, then decide to do the opposite. It’s a waste of everyone’s time.
I stand against everything those that are asking us to vote again stand for.
Not because I think it may be a different answer, not because I think the mood has changed.
Because you asked me once, under rules you made. I cant be bothered to tell you again in a civil manner.