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Thread #165570 Message #4014535
Posted By: Steve Shaw
20-Oct-19 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
We don't pay MPs to "do what we want." We pay them to apprise themselves of the intricacies of the major issues confronting us and to act accordingly in the country's best interests. If MPs "did what we wanted" we'd likely be sending third-generation descendants of immigrants "back to where they came from," stringing people up, making people in prison sit in dungeon-like cells to eat dry bread, reducing the price of beer to 4d a pint, banning state benefits, banning strikes and bringing back the birch.
When we abolished capital punishment half a century ago I recall that it was said somewhere or other that 84% of the public disagreed. Had we put that to a referendum, "the will of the people" would have dictated that we carried on stringing people up. I dare say that a good number would have agreed to doing it in public and drawing and quartering to boot.
It would be thoroughly unscientific to jump to too many conclusions on listening to those vox pops, but they do indicate that large numbers of people are not apprised of the intricacies of this most major of issues. The referendum asked an ignorant public to make a decision crucial to the future of the country and the campaign failed utterly to provide them effectively with that information. Worse, it provided them with huge amounts of disinformation. The referendum was by far the most extreme example of the dereliction of democracy I've seen in this country in my lifetime. It was also an incredibly stupid thing to do. Next time you hear someone say that it was a "simple" in-out question, or that "the people have spoken," or that parliament should succumb "to the will of the nation," or that "it's been going on long enough and we should just get on with it," just remind yourself that you are talking to an utter pig-ignoramus.