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Another irony of it all

Today, I’m coming straight from the “stuck record” department of the Rust and at the calculated risk of potentially boring our readers once more by returning to the subject of the ongoing Brexit impasse.

It remains – as it has throughout – my view that the heart of the ‘disconnect’ between the UK Establishment, Democracy and the People that the crisis has starkly revealed (with bells on) is the fact that in reality the Establishment has never believed a word of the stirring statements it traditionally makes about its devotion to the principles to Democracy and universal suffrage.

Or, to put it another way, it has never had the slightest intention of bowing to them. Unless it suits its members, of course.

My colleague Simon Campion-Brown has waxed lyrical and often on the web-pages of this organ about the fundamental irony that – in their slavish desire to have the UK stay within the EU – those in the Remain camp are effectively admitting that they would rather accept rule from Brussels by a Soviet-style unelected elite bureaucracy (on a mission to create a one-Continent state) at the ultimate expense of conceding any UK right to decide its own matters and policies for itself … a situation which they presumably regard as a price worth paying for the security of a vague notion of ‘strength through numbers’.

Simon argues that – this being the case – if matters resolve themselves by the UK revoking Article 50 or even voting to remain in the EU via a Second Referendum or the supposed (and laughably-titled) ‘People’s Vote’, logic would surely demand that – apart from any tourist-friendly, theme park-style residual presence that the Houses of Parliament might be usefully and profitably put to – the UK might as well proceed by permanently dissolving the both the Commons and Lords and letting the EU get on with deciding how we live our lives.

And why not? Think of all the taxpayer money we could save by such a move.

Think of all the other ‘savings’ we could make.

Mind you, by losing 650 MPs and 800 peers that operate out of Parliament and indeed drink heavily at the ‘gravy train’ trough to which it gives them access … what benefit we might gain!

See here for links to:

Rowena Mason, deputy political editor, on recent reports that 377 MPs have had their credit cards suspended, as appears on the website of – THE GUARDIAN

Larissa Brown, political correspondent, on a peer who has claimed £50,000 in expenses despite never once speaking in the House of Lords, as appears today upon the website of the – DAILY MAIL

 

About Lavinia Thompson

A university lecturer for many years, both at home and abroad, Lavinia Thompson retired in 2008 and has since taken up freelance journalism. She is currently studying for a distant learning degree in geo-political science and lives in Norwich with her partner. More Posts