Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Democracy and the Brexit referendum

One of the most fundamental tenets of a functioning democracy is that If a party makes a promise in a general election campaign that turns out to be unrealisable at best and disingenuous at worst, voters can throw out that party at the next election. This protects the public from those who would say anything to get elected by rendering such tactics self-defeating.

Contrastingly, we are led to believe by many in both sides of the Brexit argument that the people are not entitled to "speak" again even if it can be shown that they were pursuaded to vote Leave on a flawed prospectus. Democratic principles are apparently upheld by muting the "will of the people" in perpetuity on the biggest political, economic and social issue since the Second World War.

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