One of the problems of being on the side of the angels and supporting truth, justice and traditional British values (modesty, understated patriotism, level playing-fields, a penchant for the underdog," my word is my bond, "etc) is that we have a sense of proportion and a sense of shame. Therefore, since the case for disregarding the Brexit referendum vote has been made by umpteen of us, from the great and good Professor A C Grayling down to this humble blog, we're embarrassed about going on about it.
The case has been made, those concerned have presumably noted it, and the argument must move on.
Unfortunately the right in general and Brexiteers in particular, have no such reservations. Remember how the Tories managed, by constant repetition, to convince too many of the electorate that the financial crash of 2007/8 was al the fault of Labour's overspending and it was George Osborne's sad but necessary duty to clear up the mess they'd left behind? Or the constant banging-on about the Tory "long-term economic plan" which was neither long term ( it seemed to change every six months) - nor successful (the internal deficit which it promised to eradicate by the end of that parliaments is still there and not now due to be achieved until the end of this one.)
So in reference to Monday's great debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill (the chutzpah of calling it the Great Repeal Bill seems to have been abandoned) we were told again and again that "the people had spoken," that the purpose of the bill was to implement the "will of the people," and those who voted against it were defying democracy.
Therefore, without apology, once again let me rehearse that:
In the actual referendum
- just over a third voted to leave;
- another third voted to remain;
- and just a bit less than a third didn’t vote.
- This is nowhere near the two-thirds majority which the humblest club or society would require for a change in its constitution.
- Add to that the fact the that 16 and 17-year-olds, thought to be overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU, and the citizens most affected, in terms of years, by the result, were not allowed to vote.
It is shameful that so few MPs, elected to use their judgement on our behalf, have the guts to do what they know is "best for Britain," and put a stop to this nonsense. Instead the majority continue to vote for national self harm on the basis of a falsity.