Save our democracy!

Whatever your views about Brexit, if you are British and are upset by the idea of a Prime Minister (of any political party) ignoring the wishes of Parliament, I suggest that you look at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/269157 and (if you are eligible) support that Petition. Those of you who know me will probably be surprised by my doing anything so ‘political’ as providing this message but this really is a step too far. Do not think of this as just a Brexit matter. Once a precedent has been set, future Prime Ministers could attempt to abuse their position even worse than this!

Some might argue that preserving the result of a referendum that involved millions of people is more democratic than giving precedence to the views of a few hundred MPs. However, that argument (which in theory I could otherwise support) fails when it comes to a simplistic ‘nuclear options’ referendum that was hastily called for narrow party-political purposes, that was heavily influenced by blatant lies that would never pass any modest advertising standard, and that has left us in a position that has already proved to be very different from what was promised. The fact that the referendum could be used to change the vary basis of our democracy, being that we are a parliamentary democracy and not one that should normally be easily swayed by potentially short-term populist sentiments, was certainly never given the attention that it merits. There are arguments for and against Brexit. There are no arguments I can think of that support pushing the country into constitutional crisis, with major long-term consequences not only for our economy but also for the unity of our nation, as a side-effect of poorly-managed internal party politics.

 

Note added 11.09.19
The only response I have received to date to the above post was the comment (and I quote): “I think you should keep away from politics on your otherwise excellent website.” Of course I welcome the latter part of that (!) but this really is a constitutional crisis and this is one of only a very few means that I have of expressing my frustration with it all. Following today’s ruling by Scotland’s Court of Session – that the Right Honourable (!) Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s advice to Her Majesty, to prorogue/suspend our Parliament, was “unlawful” – the ruling by the UK’s Supreme Court (expected next Tuesday, 17th) EITHER (if it supports the ruling of that Court of Session which has a seriously serious reputation for being independent) would mean that the Prime Minister has apparently deliberately misled our Monarch (and so has seriously abused his position) OR (if it reverses that Court’s ruling) could increase the pressure for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom OR (if it somehow fudges the issue) will probably (I won’t say ‘certainly’ in case the judges, who are much brighter than I am, think of something I have not thought about) bring its own reputation into question.

Here we are, just as I feared, moving into a constitutional crisis just because a few conceited politicians were so dogmatic about a complicated situation that they could not be patient enough to treat the country’s position as more important than their personal preferences & careers. OH DEAR! It is so sad that the UK is in this mess and that our international reputation for competence, built over many decades, has been seriously damaged.

Written by on the 28th August 2019.

Peter is the founder & proprietor of Stirnet.

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