With the onslaught of government spokesmen on the ‘Remain’ side (Cameron and Hammond to the fore, aided and abetted by their sycophantic ministers and the media), coupled with the nonsensical outpourings of the so-far-declared ‘Leave’ groups on matters EU and the forthcoming referendum (none of whom seem to have the slightest idea about that on which they speak); why is it that I feel, as in 1975, we are about to get ‘screwed’ again?
When one does confront Cameron by email/letter, or any politician on twitter, all that results is that one is either ‘palmed-off’ or ignored. If politicians are answerable to the electorate, how is it that either of the aforementioned is accepted if democracy, per se, exists?
Where intraction with those they profess to serve is concerned our present politicians will use any ‘loophole’ they can find to ignore us – but then still maintain they interact with their constituents by means of constituency surgeries. As I know to my cost when I resided in Witney, the last thing my Member of Parliament wanted was to intract with me, informing me, when pressed, that he would not entertain any further correspondence on the subjects in question – when a Member of Parliament can inform a member of the electorate he will not interact with him/her any longer – this is democracy in action? No, it damn well is not!
Returning to the subject of the forthcoming referendum and the ensuing debate; we who disagree with the government view have no means of making our voice heard due to the media appearing to be unwilling to give a platform to we ‘dissidents‘. For sure, we dissidents can air our views on blogs, but then we are ‘preaching to the converted’ – and that advances our cause not one iota.
The present ‘meme’ of the ‘Remain’ grouping (and the government) is that not one of the ‘Leave’ side have presented a vision of ‘Life after Brexit’. But one only needs to read FlexCit to realise that that has been ‘aired’. That that ‘vision’ is ignored by the politicians, the media – and those who supposedly speak for the ‘Leave’ side – does nothing to provide the electorate with a ‘balanced view’ on which to make their decision.
When, in 2005, voters in France and Holland rejected the new EU Constitution, the French and Dutch elecorate were derided by EU bureaucrts as ‘ignorant’ and ‘xenophobic’. The European Commission response to this French and Dutch disobedience to the renaming of the EU Constitution as the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ (and I seem to recall EC vice-president Margot Wallstrom admitting it was ‘essentially the same proposal as the old constitution’) resulted in the people not being asked to vote on it, because, according to Nicolas Sarkozy, ‘a referendum now would bring Europe into danger’.
In other words democracy is dangerous and the people’s will would have been a threat to the ‘le projet’ – and that is the last thing politicians want as it results in a loss of their power over us. I mention the facts in the preceding paragraph because Cameron as head of the ‘Remain’ side, together with those on the ‘Leave’ side, are doing their utmost to ensure that never again in the foreseeable future will the people of this nation be asked for their opinion.
It seems that the European Union, in its present construct, is determined to ensure that the people of this nation, and those in the other 27 member states, cannot say what we want, cannot buy what we want (witness the desire to limit the wattage of domestic appliances in order that we become more eco-friendly), nor behave as we want. Yet one must now ask what is the difference twixt the non-elected of the European Union and the elected of the United Kingdom – to which the answer must be: nothing, as neither believe the people are sovereign.
Hopefully there is a feint light of hope on the horizon: the launch of The Leave Alliance (TLA) – and FlexCit – on 16th March when, with sufficient media attendance – and doing that which they (the media) should do – they report fairly on what TLA have to say. Needless to say I won’t hold my breath.
When a prostitute allows his/her body to be used for the gratification of others in return for monetary gain, then we, the electorate – and our political class – are no better than a prostitute. Have not both allowed their ‘bodies’ to be used for the gratification of others?
Yup, we are about to get ‘screwed’ once again!