It’s a Thursday so it must be election day! It seems like elections are almost a weekly occurrence now. Brenda of Bristol must furious!
Joking aside, I must admit I was surprised to find myself thrown into another election so soon after winning 3 local council seats in May.
But it seems that our strong and stable government can’t manage to hang on for any longer than a coupe of years at most these days, even with the so-called fixed- term Parliament Act!
This just goes to show how desperately we need electoral reform in this country, a system by which more than one party can contribute to the process of government and more than one set of opinions can be taken into account.
It seems that, far from our first past the post system giving us a government of unity and decisiveness, when it comes to the most monumental political upheaval in a generation, we simply can’t agree on anything!
In those circumstances we have to go back to the country and hope that the numbers stack up differently afterwards. Somehow I suspect they won’t. While we cling to our broken 2 party state, we will just see-saw backwards and forwards between opposing positions.
On the key issue of Brexit, Labour are still offering a confused position, saying they would re-negotiate the deal with the EU and then put it to the people. That’s a great in principle, but in practice it means Labour will presumably be rooting for their new deal in any subsequent vote. That, by any sensible definition, makes them a party of leave.
The Libdems simply want to ignore the 2016 vote and treat Brexit like it never happened. Whilst that’s an attractive prospect for those of us who would rather remain, it’s not a way to resolve the political schism in our country at the moment.
The 2016 result was hardly decisive as it showed a split right down the middle of the argument. We could probably have run the vote again the following day and got a different result!
The only way to properly heal this country is with a second referendum as soon as possible after the election. No more deals being negotiated, no more simply pushing the Brexit button out of expediency (as the Tories would have us do), but a properly informed, final say on the direction this country will take and what is in the best interests of everyone.
Personally, if that second vote still comes out as leave I’m done on the subject of Brexit. I’m quite happy to let the chips fall where they may and shift my focus to trying to prepare the country for what I think will be the most damaging decade in history since the last war.
But to those who say we shouldn’t have a second vote, I’d point to the fact that we’re now having our third national vote since 2015! If ‘the will of the people’ really was the main driving force in our democracy, we’d keep the government we voted for in 2015, regardless of the wishes of the government at the time. But we haven’t.
So if we can have 3 general elections in 4 years, why not a confirmatory vote on something that was decided by a small minority three and a half years ago, when we didn’t know what we know now? Something that could impact on all our futures and those of generations to come. Why is that to be decided on just one vote?
I really don’t know why anyone should object to the idea of a People’s Vote. If the will of the people hasn’t changed, the result will be the same. The only reason I can see that the Brexit contingent would object to another vote, is that they think they will lose it.
In which case they know in their heart of hearts that the mood of the country has changed. They know that the vote in 2016 was probably a fluke, and they’re terrified of the genuine will of the people being followed now. they simply want to railroad us all into the abyss before anyone realised what’s happening. That’s no way to run a country!
So let’s get on with this election and I hope vote in some more Green MPs who can influence Westminster enough to resolve the national insanity we seem to have thrown ourselves into over Brexit.
We don’t need to get Brexit done. We need to do away with it once and for all!