When the referendum question was posed in 2016, the question on the ballot paper was: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union. Nowhere on the ballot paper, nor in the question, was it posed whether we should leave the Single Market.
Following a campaign run by both the Leave and Remain sides, a campaign based on lies and misinformation, we are now in the hands of a group of politicians, some of whom voted to remain. They have conflated, through their ignorance – or maybe deliberately – the question how leaving the European Union can be accomplished. In so doing they have confused leaving the political part of the European Union with the trading part of the European Union – again, possibly with deliberate intent.
When The Lisbon Treaty offered the opportunity for a Member State to leave, the ‘EU Commissariat’ probably never envisaged said offer would be invoked – so much for over confidence? Unfortunately, for the UK, where any charge of over confidence might be laid it must surely be at the door of our politicians; whether through their ignorance of ‘matters EU’ – or an agenda to which we are not privy. In either case one has to question why are our politicians there. Far fetched as it may sound – and where our politicians are concerned ‘far fetched’ can shrink into insignificance – we have no idea of their motives which guide the decisions they make (or are making) because we are not told the truth. If questioned by every constituent no doubt each Member of Parliament would then inform us that these matters are far above our level of understanding and that they haven’t the time to explain it to us.
On another level, who is to say that the ’30-year’ rule on the release of state papers will be annulled with our current politicians ensuring that those papers to do with Brexit will be ‘locked away’ for eternity? Why should politicians have the right to so decide? Is such a decision not one that should be for the people to make? This subject can only add further evidence that we do not live in a democracy, but a democratised dictatorship. I am sure that politicians work on the principle that if they can’t beat us into submission then arrange to have us beaten – hence the proliferation of media commentators, fake charities and ‘suspect’ think tanks.
On the subject of democracy per se, it should be remembered that if true democracy (people power) is to be achieved then we must become a nation of participants – not merely on-lookers. A blogger recently paraphrased a quote by George Carlin; and in one particular context – the recession of Parliament – allow me to quote another reputed Carlin saying: Just ’cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.
Currently we, the electorate, only get an opportunity to express our ‘democratic will’ every five years – and for what purpose? While tribal voting is rife; while those voting do not have the opportunity to participate, on a day-to-day basis, in the democratic process; when they cannot choose those who – prior to nomination – are to represent them; who, once elected, over whom they have no control – and over whom they have no day-to-day control, then our politicians can continue on their merry way, pulling the wool over our eyes; especially on matters Brexit.
So often today we are informed by ‘experts’ that the young should have more say in what happens in their lives. Fine, but perhaps they – and the young – should think beyond today and tomorrow; thus of their own -and their nation’s – future. Today the younger generation tend to sneer at those older than them and in this regard one can only refer them to something Orson Welles said: I know what it is to be young but you don’t know what it is to be old. – a statement that works on so many levels/subjects. In the years to come those now young will, no doubt, be saying the same thing that we old are saying today – only by then, if things continue as they are, it will be too late for them – and their nation.
Finally, on the subject of our politicians, I paraphrase another Carlin quote: Think how stupid the average politician is; and then recognise half of them are more stupider than that.
Now tell me why we, the people, should not be able to control our political class?