I just can’t even begin to deal with the political shambles of the last week in the UK. I’m trying desperately hard not to even think about America. I may take to drink soon. It seems like the best way to deal with things.
I’m feeling utterly frustrated. I’ve spent the weekend glued to the internet watching things unfold and occasionally rushing in to type furiously some rebuttal or piece of information that is utterly pointless, given that the people I have been communicating with show a singular lack of what I call ‘joined up thinking’. I know I should be spending my time doing other things, better things, and most of the time I do, but at the moment, I just can’t. It’s like watching a car crash over and over again. I feel trapped by it.
Here’s some edited highlights of my weekend’s typing for humanity.
Gina Miller is NOT an immigrant. She holds a UK passport because she was born in Guyana under British rule.
Gina Miller crowdfunded her legal case. She did not bring it so she and her rich, elitist mates could lord it over you paupers.
If you don’t agree with the result of what she said, how about crowdfunding your own legal challenge, just like she did? I have asked many leavers this question over the weekend, people who talk of acts of treason by parliament and being betrayed. Not one of them has explained if why all this is as simple as they claim, all those millionaires like Daniel Hannan, who are so desperate for Brexit, haven’t crowd funded a case against parliament over the question of Europe.
Gina Miller did not try to derail Brexit. Her case has marginal impact on Brexit or Article Fifty and everything to do with forcing Theresa May to actually adhere to the rules of parliamentary democracy that gave her her position in the first place.
The EU leanings, or indeed gayness of the judges deciding the court case have zero to do with their findings. Particularly given that it was not a case about either the EU or homosexuality.
Gina Miller is not trying to make a mockery of Sovereign Law. She is trying to uphold sovereign law by following the democratic process that stops people in power making unilateral decisions for the good of the country without actually asking the country what they want in more depth than a binary yes/no non-binding referendum type way. That’s called a dictatorship in other countries, by the way. The last time we had someone in charge who tried to do that, the British people chopped their head off. We don’t take kindly to dictators and yet not one person has explained to me why it’s ok for May to behave like this, and how exactly she’s going to enact the ‘Will of the people’ without actually referring to the people.
Legislation which sits on the UK statute books is UK legislation, even if the idea for it came from the EU. Once it is accepted by the British parliament it becomes UK law and subject to UK sovereign law, any existing legislation must be undone by the correct channels, which involve going through parliamentary process. It is there so that whatever legislation is finally passed is legally robust and doesn’t get bogged down in years of court cases, which would hold things up even longer.
Nobody has yet explained to me when they state that it is ‘easy’ to Brexit, exactly what is ‘easy’ about it.
I have yet to get clarity over how one person thinks that they speak for 17 million other leavers, let alone the fact that they claim to speak for the country as a whole and yet government is supposed to take us out of Europe just like that, because it’s ‘easy’.
Parliament represents the people. When you vote for an MP you enter into a contract with them that they will represent your interests in the House of Commons as long as your interests do not harm the country. The welfare of the country as a whole trumps any individual interest and an MP is sworn to protect that welfare.
If you don’t like what is happening to your country, put down your flaming torch and your pitchfork and engage in parliamentary process. When I said this to someone today they actually said ‘Why should I?’