5 Screenshot 2019-07-16 at 10.03.05 Posted on July 16 2019 Donate 5 5 Responses Brian Boughton says: August 21 2019 at 10:49 am I have just come across this website and I am amazed at how little, both sides of the Brexit argument know about democracy The 2015 Referendum Act clearly states that the 2016 referendum result was to be advisory and MPs were not bound by it. And it has been understood for many years that MPs are our representatives and not our delegates. They are better placed than any of us to make the final decision and if we don’t like their answer we have the opportunity to vote for someone else at the next election. The decisions to adhere to the outcome of the referendum were party political and were made in party political manifestos in preparation for the next general election. So they were party political promises and not the law of the land. We live in a parliamentary democracy. And the English Civil War was fought over the principle that parliament is sovereign. Not the monarch, not the government and certainly not the people voting in a referendum. There were 500,00 casualties in the English Civil war and the king was executed. And we would do well to think about this. And let’s remember that a mark of a mature democracy is how it treats its minorities. And to those who shout no, we won by one vote and that means we won, can I urge them to think again, because the consequences will be civil unrest and the unravelling of democracy itself . The issue of Brexit is complex and all the answers are unclear The queen was right when she advised her people to be tolerant and to welcome compromise. This is called wisdom and it is what we should all be striving for in these difficult times Brian Boughton Reply Richard Murphy says: August 21 2019 at 10:51 am Thank you It was in proportionate terms the bloodiest war in our history Few people seem to realise Reply Alan Fowler says: April 21 2020 at 9:27 am I too have now read the extracts from the report and agree with the other comments that it is quite appalling. But let us not lose sight of the fact that this is now historical; it deals with sabotage against the leadership of 3 years ago. What is at least as disturbing to those who want to see the emergence of a strong, viable opposition today is the suspicion that by electing do all this ‘dirty-washing’ in public (rather than by some other route) there are those within today’s Party intent on sabotaging today’s leader via a ‘scorched-earth policy, as they in turn retreat from power. Its a bit ironic really. What is clear is that KS has a truly formidable task ahead in addressing both of these internal problems before he can get on to address the problems external to the LP that concern most of the public. Whether he is able to do this will determine how many more terms of Tory office we can look forward to. Reply Alan says: July 9 2020 at 11:14 am Old contacts on the Northern Ireland are telling of the “hard” men from the Troubles rubbing their hands with glee at the prospects of the approaching omnishambles and the earning potential. Reply Steve Bollen says: December 1 2020 at 10:05 pm The counter argument is that we absorbed the European political idea that sovereignty lay with the electorate and not parliament. Ultimately Ministers of the Crown accepted the result. To do otherwise would have created civil disobedience on a massive scale. A Royal Commission should have been empowered and deliberated for two years to fully identify the risks and a four page document given to every household before the vote. I believe that something like 10% of adult males in Scotland died as a result of the War of the Three Kingdoms. Reply Leave a Reply to Steve Bollen By leaving a comment you consent to your name and email address being stored on the site. We won't spam you or pass it on to anyone else. Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.