Monthly Archives: June 2016

That special Thing…

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 4 months, you’ll know all about our special little sojourn into direct democracy this last week. It really has been an amazing thing for me, because in 4 decades of voting in both the US and the UK, it is the first  time I have voted on a single issue that was put to the whole country. I have voted on lots of state-wide propositions in the US, but never anything that was put to a vote of the whole country…

Why is it so special? Well, we live in a world that is really not interested in democracy. Our world is interested in the allusion of what we call representative democracy, but not actual democracy, where everyone gets to participate directly and personally… Our political leadership in the UK is to be congratulated and praised for allowing this to occur. And I do say allowing it, because it probably won’t be allowed to happen again…

I often wonder what would have happened if we put the wars in Vietnam, Irag, Afghanistan to a vote of the people, what would have happened? Arguably most all of the places the US got it wrong were events that would have been avoided with a vote of the actual people… Say what you want about the EU, they are not remotely interested in democracy, that is their real problem with this whole thing…

The result was clearly very controversial, and will continue to be for many years, but what we all have to accept now is that the people have spoken. The problem with letting the people speak, is that they might speak and say something you don’t agree with. We’ve all had a lifetime of disagreeing with those we have elected to represent us, it is a huge industry in-and-of itself, particularly in the US. We know how to do that, but how does one disagree with the “voice of the people”??? The problem with disagreeing with the decision of the people is that by not accepting the this, you diminish the very fundamentals of democracy itself. So now we have a whole group of people who actually want to try and turn the result around:

  1. We already have petition of a million people who want a “do over”, many claiming they really didn’t know what they were doing…
  2. One MP has decided that Parliament should just ignore this vote as just the “intention” of the people, nothing more, and they don’t actually need to pay attention to it
  3. We have the parade of celebrities like Bob Geldof who have decided to renounce their honours from the Queen in protest of the vote not going their way
  4. In summary we have dozens of people who want to find some way of disregarding the voice of the people…

So, to all of you who just don’t like the vote of the people, get over it. London, and most of Parliament has to try to get over the fact that the rest of the country did not agree with them. Our ruling elite has learned to treat anyone that disagrees with them with contempt and disdain. Easy to do if it is about an opposition politician, but what about when it is about the whole country??? To argue the validity of the majority of over a million people is to argue the validity of the process, that very process of democracy… So, you don’t like the outcome? Too bad, no one cares, because it is not just the people who have spoken, it is democracy that has spoken…  If that doesn’t suit you, then move to Brussels…