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Thread #165570 Message #4006521
Posted By: Jim Carroll
30-Aug-19 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
"I know Jim disagrees."
It may be that we are in a different position in Ireland but having seen the way referenda works here I can only say - come in and try the water
There are so many vested interests in British Politics that democracy back home has always been "A good idea" (as Gandhi once described Western Civilisation)
I am convinced that the persistent low participation in what should be the most important choice ever obtained by working people - the right to choose who rules them - is down to the utter contempt our politicians are held in
How can a situation like that be regarded as trustworthy on decisions as important as this ?
This antipathy has now given us populism - the opposite of democracy
For all it's flaws, Irish politics has, up to now, supplied a balance which has never been within the reach of the British People
PR and referenda have been very much a part of producing that balance
It is significant that one of the earliest moves of the Northern Unionists while creating their sectarian state was to abolish the former PR system