The vote to leave the European Union: democracy v totalitarianism v bullshit?

DailyExpress, 25th June 2016

The result of the Brexit vote was surprising.

The reaction of many on the ‘losing’ side has been interesting, if not surprising.

There was a 52%-48% vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU on a high 72% turnout on a national vote that was always said to be a ‘simple majority’ vote. As it happened, there was a 4% gap between the two sides.

People are now being asked in the interests of “democracy” to sign a petition to Parliament saying that the Referendum (presumably retrospectively) should only count if there is at least 60% in favour of the UK leaving the EU on a turnout of more than 75%.

The Scotsman, 25th June 2016

If the vote had been the other way round and people were going about trying to get this signed, they would be called Right Wing Fascists who had no respect for the democratic process.

I was also interested in a Facebook post which said:

“No but seriously. What kind of idiot political system allows for a major and irreversible constitutional change when it isn’t supported by most of the legislature or the head of the executive, and even a huge wave of anti-establishment populism can only muster 51.9% support for it in a referendum?

New York Post, 25th June 2016

“In the USA you can’t get a constitutional change unless it’s supported by the president, two-thirds of both houses of congress and 75% of the states. I know that’s making it tough to deal with the stupid bits of the US constitution, but at least you don’t get mad shit like this.”

Call me old-fashioned, but I think the answer to the question:

“What kind of idiot political system allows for a major and irreversible constitutional change when it isn’t supported by most of the legislature or the head of the executive and (it gets) 51.9% support in a referendum?”

…is Democracy.

The answer to the question:

“What kind of system allows for a major and irreversible constitutional change voted for by the electorate to happen only if it is supported by most of the legislature or the head of the executive?”

…is Totalitarianism.

What that says about the US is a matter for them.

Just to clarify matters, I studied British Constitution at school (it was a specific exam subject and, yes, it was a long time ago) and I am profoundly against holding any referenda in a representative democracy.

I think the legislature and executive should decide everything in a representative democracy but, if the executive in a representative democracy decide to hold a referendum then that is their choice.

The answer to the question: “What kind of system allows for a major and irreversible constitutional change voted for by the electorate to happen only if it is supported by most of the legislature or the head of the executive?”

…remains Totalitarianism.

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3 responses to “The vote to leave the European Union: democracy v totalitarianism v bullshit?

  1. Owen Morgan

    Sorry John, but I disagree with you on this one- Britain is better off within the EU than it is out of it. I’ve been devastated by the result, never imagined in a million years that it would happen. I understand your comments on the democratic process, I think that all I can say is that Cameron should never have called the referendum in the first place.

  2. SAJID QUADER

    I don’t think a lot who voted knew what they were doing, all we had to do was impose set of rules for anyone coming in from the Eu could have any entitlement to the benefit entitlements in the UK and everything else would have been fine. A lot of people were drived to vote to leave because they thought £350 million pound would be spent on the Health sector but that was all pack of lies as admitted my himself who just said it to get votes to leave. I hope everyone is feeling the Impact already without leaving and what will happen to this country will be a lot more worse when we do leave. Our president was going a great job of this country and I think he should be given the choice to stay or leave because he knows what’s best for our country. Public don’t know much. A 2nd referendum is needed or stay in EU would be beneficial for our country.

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