Where do we go from here?

September 4, 2019

As has been said already, the UK is in a difficult place. It is facing a situation that has not been faced before. And it may well be that the voice of the people (for want of a better phrase) must now be heard.

   By that we mean two things: firstly, Parliament and its members must stop ignoring those they are meant to serve. That means, and put very simply, do what the majority of people tell you to do. Whether you like it or not.

   A majority of voters, across the UK, voted for the UK to leave the European Union. That is fact. The UK must therefore leave. Yes, that is disappointing to many, many people across the country and from all walks and ages. We know of many voters who are older and voted to remain; we know of many who are younger who voted to leave. Leave or remain is not age-related, despite the disgraceful remarks of some who suggest otherwise. The overriding fact is that the people have already spoken. A people's vote has already been held. And the result, no matter what the divide between leave or remain was, to leave.

   It has been said people did not vote for 'no-deal'. They didn't vote for 'a deal' either. To follow the will of the majority is the job of government. Not MPs or anybody else. How and under what terms the UK departs the EU is for the government to get on with and deliver.

   So Parliamentarians - do what you are told.

   If Members of Parliament feel that they cannot do this, then they cannot stay in their posts as members. They must leave them. But where are the by-elections? There have been none. Too many current Members of Parliament have decided to remain as MPs and use their positions to deny democracy and the vote that provided the result. This is wrong.

   As is the seizing of control from government. The Prime Minister's decision to prorogue parliament was not a coup. Seizing control of government and the ability to run the country is.

   If those members will not leave of their own accord and resign, thus resulting in a by-election and then standing as independents and asking their constituents to give them their job, then they must be thrown out. As some now have been.

   This by itself however, does not solve the problem as they are still sitting MPs. The only way to do so is for a general election. That must be fought on not only on the UK's membership of the EU; there are so many other things a government must do and Prime Minister Johnson has already shown he might well have the deftness of touch (hitherto unrecognised by most) to run the country. 

   The Liberal Democrats have shown that they are neither liberal nor democratic as their leader Jo Swinson has indicated. History will judge Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters. As it will Boris Johnson.

   But power and the ultimate decision must now be returned to where it belongs - the people of the United Kingdom.

 

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