The Supreme Court is today ruling on something that really does not matter very much to ‘we the people’.
Lawyers, who form the largest and probably the most vocal part of our so-called democracy have missed a very simple fact, on purpose.
That fact is that a referendum is a direct approach to the people, and is the most powerful democratic tool that ‘we the people’ have. The executive, that is our government ministers, devolved the question of EU membership to ‘we the people’.
Logically therefore, the result of a referendum transcends the normal but gently flawed process of “first past the post” elections and party politics, and that is why MPs are in such a tizzy.
Many MPs are lawyers, just over 10% in fact, according to a recent YouGov poll, and they just hate being bypassed by us, ‘we the people’.
Remoaners have involved the legal system and the Supreme Court for several deeply flawed and suspect motivations.
Flawed argument 1) “Parliamentary supremacy is what the Brixiteers wanted, therefore parliament should therefore have its say”.
Logical response 1) Nonsense! We Brexiteers voted for the supremacy of Parliament over the EU, not the supremacy of Parliament over what the people voted for! See how easily they misrepresent and twist the facts?
Flawed argument 2) “The result was so close (52% to 48% of those who voted) that therefore we must ensure that the remainers have a big say.”
Logical response 2) More people voted in the referendum than voted in any general election in the last 70 years. Just imagine if Parliament wanted to adjust the result of a general election result because it was so close? General election results usually place a political party into power who have far less than 52% of the vote! The current conservative government has just 37% of the vote!
Flawed argument 3) “The devolved parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be treated differently and Scotland in particular should have a new independence referendum because a majority of ‘Scots’ voted to remain in the EU”.
Logical response 3) Firstly, we are all part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and therefore the British Parliament sitting in London is supreme. The fact that the majority of people voting, in say Watford, wanted to remain in the EU does not mean that the people of Watford should be allowed to remain in the EU. That is just plain potty!
Flawed argument 4) This is the unspoken one, underlying most of the other spoken reasons. “The people are ignorant of the facts and just cannot be given this amount of power.”
Logical response 4) We the people understood exactly why we wanted rid of the deeply flawed EU:-
- It supports ever bigger corporations, we don’t
- The EU is completely undemocratic, by design, we have spotted that too
- the EU wants a federal government of Europe, we don’t
- The EU is run by flawed and failed politicians, we spotted that too
- Jean Claude Juncker, The president of the EU commission, is a tax avoidance specialist for global corporations, we don’t think that makes him qualified
- The EU is financially incompetent and its lack of financial transparency has caused its accounts audit to fail each year for the last 20 years
- The Euro was a daft, flawed and costly invention designed to promote a federal Europe which we don’t want
- The EU breaks its own rules, repeatedly, the biggest example are bailouts for failing members: 3 for Greece, 1 for Ireland, 1 for Portugal, 1 for Cyprus and perhaps the largest was for Spanish banks
- The main issue here is that bailouts are specifically outlawed under the Maastricht treaty, but never mind that, eh?
The Supreme Court is today ruling on something that really does not matter very much to ‘we the people’, it just matters to the lawyers, journalists and politicians.
I realise that this is a simplistic response BUT my main point is that the whole legal ‘story’ is irrelevant fluff in a bigger picture!
Bah POO & piffle!
PS: Just heard that the Supreme Court got it wrong ;-(
The law is indeed an ass
But – three cheers for the three judges who dissented from the small majority – I think we should demand a recount because the vote went the wrong way 😉
PPS: Just seen Prime Minister’s questions – unbelievable bollocks from all sides on this question – Corbyn was a disaster – the Westminster bubble folk are living a LaLa Land.