The last two days have been the busiest my blog has been (by a long shot) since I set it up in March 2011. Thank you for that support and thank you also for the many kind comments that have been made by readers about what I have been saying.
My open letter to Ben Bradshaw yesterday was greeted by quite a lot of support but not everybody agreed with what I have written – see here for the letter and the comments below it.
In particular I have been chided for suggesting the use of Parliamentary procedure to block the mandate of the Referendum as this undermines the democratic process. I gave a link in my blog yesterday to an article by the UK Constitutional Law Society which set out why such a process was legitimate – see here.
Since then I have come across another analysis of referenda, polls, petitions and democracy by another Exeter resident Tom Staniford – you might (or might not) be interested in what he has to say – se here.
Of course I am not the only person suggesting such an approach
I have also been asked my view on the piece that George Monbiot wrote for the Guardian yesterday “Brexit is a disaster, but we can build on the ruins” – see here, it is well worth a read. The first thing George does is reject the notion that the Referendum result should be overturned by the holding of a second Referendum (as called for in this Parliamentary Petition which has been signed by over 4m people – see here) and he rejects the approach David Lammy is campaigning for. He also says it will not happen.
He then goes on to urge us to seize the moment “How will politics in this sclerotic nation change without a maelstrom? In this chaos we can, if we are quick and clever, find a chance to strike a new contract: proportional representation, real devolution and a radical reform of campaign finance to ensure that millionaires can never again own our politics”.
I don’t disagree with George’s vision, indeed I support it but it also what the Left and Centre Left have been fighting for, for years. However many of the key players who might be able to deliver what George is advocating are currently otherwise occupied.
George may be right, David Lammy may be right but I suspect that there are many twists and turns still to come.
We may learn something from the forthcoming Labour leadership campaign where a democratically elected leader with a huge popular mandate is being challenged by a tiny minority of that specific electorate……
Currently there are no answers and only chaos.
What a shambles.
Time to burrow back into nature, me thinks.