Parliament seeks to thwart the will of the People

In the present maneuvers over Brexit all sides claim that they are acting democratically. All sides have their own interpretation of democracy.

The Prime Minister says that he is acting democratically in ensuring that the will of the people, who voted by a majority to leave the EU, takes precedence over the will of Members of Parliament most of whom were elected on a promise that they would implement Brexit. But promises by those seeking election cannot be relied upon.

Many Members of Parliament claim that preventing members of Parliament from changing the law to enable Brexit not to take place or to be delayed is undemocratic. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, claims that interfering with Parliament is the act of a dictator by which I suppose she means that implementing the will of the majority of the people is the act of a dictator.

As I see it, the majority of the people of the UK voted to leave the EU. Members of Parliament derive their authority from the people. Members of Parliament in seeking to delay or prevent Brexit are thwarting the will of the majority of the people. To thwart the will of the majority of the people is undemocratic: it is as simple as that.

What did People Vote for in the Referendum held Three Years ago?

A change of Prime Minister brings optimism in some and despair in others. Those who started with optimism usually find after a year or two that their optimism was misplaced. Those who reacted with despair usually find out that things are not quite as bad as they feared.  His key policy will be to brexit the UK  from the EU within the next three months and six days.

That is what we voted for, or was it? Continue reading

To be in or not to be in; that is the question

To be in, or not to be in, that is the question that the citizens of the United Kingdom will have to answer on 23 June 2016 when they vote in the sea of troubles that will comprise the referendum.

There are three matters that should influence a voters’ decision; different voters will give different weight to each matter.

  1. Freedom; will we enjoy more freedom within the EU or without it?
  2. Prosperity; will we enjoy a better standard of living in the EU or outside the EU?
  3. Safety; will we be safer within by being part of the EU by being outside the EU?

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The Gift of the Greeks

I walked to my polling station. It is in a scruffy church hall. Continue reading

We are What We Vote

I have been thinking about voting. There will be a General Election in the United Kingdom on 7 May next. It is, I think, the duty of every citizen to vote and with that duty comes responsibility. If we vote for a government we sustain that government. Therefore if we vote for a communist government we are sustaining theft as a means of redistributing wealth. If we vote for a fascist government we sustain them in their fascist ways and we are racists. In the case with the Blair Government in 2003 when it joined the war in Iraq, those who subsequently voted for that government were violent people, because they sustained a violent government. Continue reading

We have to make politicians less important in democracies

We have to make politicians in democracies less important than they are at present and make the democratic process more important. Of course the democratic will is just as capable of making errors of judgement as politicians. Continue reading

Voting Scandals in the British Banana Republic

In any democracy you have a right to vote. You do not vote on every issue or every day. Perhaps once every four or five years you get to vote on a new Government. The right to vote is one of the most important rights. In democracies we claim that the right to vote ought to be given to all people in the world. In the United Kingdom we have sent soldiers to die in recent times in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to give this precious right to the people there. Or so the politicians claim. Continue reading