These are absolutely the last words I shall write on the subjects of the EU, the Referendum and, in fact, on any other poxy political skullduggery (unless it’s really interesting).
In battling the excesses of big business and the struggle for equality and social re-balancing in Britain, the European Union has inevitably become an obstacle rather than an asset. The EU is increasingly entrenched with TTIP.
President Jean-Claude Juncker has indicated he will instruct member states to accept it, and most MEPs lobby for one corporation or another leaving us in no doubt which way they’ll vote. So, there will not even be the illusion of democratic process!
The EU has become what was always intended, an elitist club which has no more interest than our home-grown politicians in addressing the grinding issues of totalitarianism, equality, poverty and social welfare. Furthermore, EU treatment of Greece, Ireland, Spain and Portugal along with its unequivocal insistence on imposing stringent austerity measures is all the evidence required of their willful disinterest in the citizens of what EU politicians cynically refer to as the family of Europe.
On June 23 2016, Britain held a Referendum which asked one simple question: Do you think Britain should Remain in or leave the European Union?
Surprisingly voters chose to leave by a majority of about two million. Some Remainers, those who voted for Britain to remain in the EU, cried “foul” and are pressing for a second Referendum in the hope that the first Referendum will be overturned because, they say, the electorate was not given the whole truth about the possible impact of leaving the EU. Wake up! Politicians were involved so of course we were lied to.
But really, whether or not the electorate was misled is not the issue.
The issue is about collective and individual responsibility. In the months and years in the run-up to the election, it was the duty of everyone intending to vote to look into the pros and cons for themselves. To actually draw their own conclusions from the information they have themselves researched and not listened to Larry down the pub’s vacuous assertions that the EU is the best thing since sliced bread and “we’d be bloody daft to leave”. In a similar vein, someone presented as an expert by the media doesn’t mean they actually are an expert. In any case, the only expert relevant to making predictions about the possible impact, one way or the other, would have been a clairvoyant. And that is utterly ridiculous!
Responsibility for the outcome of the election rests with the individual voter regardless whether that person chose to listen to bullshit and then chose to cast his or her vote on the strength of that bullshit.
Also, and very importantly, choosing to live in a democracy, as we do, people prefer not to be led by the nose or dictated to about how they should think and behave. That’s the theory anyway. So in a way it shouldn’t matter a jot that the vested interests tried to lead us up the garden path. In any case, who’s to say the majority of voters didn’t see through their sleazy attempts at earnest persuasion and vote the way they wanted to anyhow.
Can a decision, arrived at by democratic process, ever be wrong?
© Rivenrod 2016