Thursday, 3 November 2016

Article 50 Court Ruling: Constitutional Crisis Ahead.

The courts have just voted in favour of MPs having a vote on invoking article 50.

Given that the majority of MPs are in favour of remaining in Europe (and maintaining the EU gravy train) and the majority of the public have voted to leave, this throws up a crisis where Parliament is unrepresentative of the will of the public.

I seem to remember a previous spat between the supreme authority (the king) and parliament caused a civil war. Hopefully it won't get that far, but it is a huge indication of how MPs in Parliament put themselves far above the will of the people and how removed they are from the will of the people.

The public are the sovereign power, they give power to their representative in Parliament for 5 years. Their representative must respect the will of the majority of their constituents. They are not there to represent the minority view, the view of a small number of lobbyists, or their own personal view on the matter.

MPs handed power back to the public by act of Parliament when the referendum act was brought into law. The majority of MPs voted to agree to the referendum and by doing so, to abide by the outcome of that referendum.

The majority of the public have voted and MPs must bow to the authority they invested in the people.

If they don't then they show the same contempt for the power we the public invest in them that Charles did for the power of Parliament back before the civil war.

This is no time for the majority to be silent. The majority that voted for Brexit need to make it clear in no uncertain terms that if their MP votes to remain, they will not be voted for in the next election. This is not a matter of party politics, it's about the will of the people and democracy.

The public needs to understand this is what you get when you vote blindly for MPs without questioning their loyalty to us the voter. Keep voting the same person in year after year and they get a sense of entitlement, that they will be voted in time after time without them needing to respect the wishes of the people that vote them in.

It caused a civil war last time, all we need to do is watch and remember just how our representative voted when it came to represent the true will of the people. And then vote accordingly at the next opportunity.

It's something those died-in-the-wool Labour heartlands I come from that voted to leave need to understand and the Conservative safe seats of the South I've lived in since.  Stop guaranteeing their accession to power.

As a final observation, I just wonder if there would have been so much opposition to the result had the referendum gone 52/48 in favour of remain? I've a good idea that the leavers would have had to swallow the result, shut up and put up with it.