I’ve never blogged, I’ve never felt strongly about much, I’d heard of tumblr and wordpress but kept my ranting to Twitter and Facebook but think people on FB are starting to worry about me and find my posts a little too long. I know let’s go for a wider audience…..
So, there’s a petition out there on the https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215 that’s now reached almost 2.85m votes. This is the unenchanted British voter I hear you ask that has galvanised itself online to scream and shout that quite possibly I think we’ve made a big mistake.
I’ve had “leavers” accuse me of being undemocratic because we’ve had a vote which those that want to remain in the EU have lost.
So, what is a democracy? “a system of government in which all the people of a state or polity … are involved in making decisions about its affairs, typically by voting to elect representatives to a parliament or similar assembly”, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary
So back in 2015 Messrs Clegg and Cameron took a hop, skip and a jump into the first post coalition election. Mr Cameron promised a referendum but did not define anything under law nor even state what the question would be.
I have also come to realise that far from being democratic and delivering one of the world’s most stable constitutional democracies we’ve created and perpetuated disenfranchisement of the electorate, creation of an out of touch political elite and a highly fractious society where tolerance is being tested across all levels of society.
Of an electorate of 46 million people entitled to vote we had a 66% turnout. Of that 66% – 11.3 million people delivered a Conservative party majority. Are you telling me that the other 19.3 million people that voted did not elect this government. Seems about right.
I know some UKIP supporters would argue that they just about got you there but in many areas there policy intentions are very different. Whilst I was happy at the time they have so little direct political influence I think we would be better off with proportional representation where one vote counts as much as anyone else’s.
It seems absurd to me that we move to this sort of system for what it the most important decision we’ve made as an electorate in a generation. It’s not insulting to say let’s learn to walk before we can run.
And now, the labour party is starting to implode, the man that promised us that he would steer us through this come what may has gone, Scotland wants to leave the union to stay in the union, and NI/Ireland run the risk of being pushed back decades. Did anyone for see this? Are we gaining more control or less?
I think we need to take a step back. Boris Johnson sold a message of hope – that of course we’d be fine on our own. Well let’s reverse it and say – with hope, tenacity and being a little bit pushy with our European colleagues we’ll be far better off in than out. We’ll sell them a vision that things can be different and can be better.
They’ve had the shot across their bow and now they must listen. With populist anti-European sentiment growing across Europe it must be time to step up and not step out.
We elected our parliament to set our laws, this vote was only advisory in nature, and parliament can oppose it.
Let’s have another referendum where we ask the question “Do you want to leave the EU so that Scotland leaves the UK, NI/Ireland potentially go backwards, immigration will not go down, we won’t gain that much control because we’ll be signing new international agreements (think TTIP), and if none of the above happened then yes maybe just maybe there will be a shot period of uncertainty?”