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Following Labour’s loss in the UK General Election 2019, UK Labour leaders have admitted responsibility for their failure at the polls. Very admirable. Both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have accepted ‘full responsibility’ for the loss of 59-Labour seats in this election.
Which is very responsible of them and shows a level of maturity not always seen in politicians, who, as we have seen in recent days, can sometimes be angry with voters when their party loses an election or when they lose their own seat.
But does all that responsibility and maturity tell the whole story?
Looking at the Larger Context
In a democracy, politicians must represent the wishes of The People, or at the very least, try to represent the wishes of the constituents in the district they serve. This can sometimes be a bit of a gamble.
Nevertheless, in a democracy, ALL THE PEOPLE must be represented.
We don’t get to choose, politicians don’t get to choose — it’s The People who get to choose what policies they want brought forward and which ones to downgrade. And try as they might, not all of the politicians all of the time get the prevailing mood of the people right. Therefore, we have ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in elections. But, you knew that.
What Labour Did
I believe that Jeremy Corbyn & Co. decided early-on that there was a sizeable number of Britons who could be classed as ‘Remainers’ and the Labour leadership decided to represent those people at the election. If there were as many ‘Remain’ voters as the Labour leadership thought there were, Jeremy Corbyn might’ve been in 10 Downing St. by now.
And there were enough Remainers to put 203 Labour MP’s into the House of Commons, but not enough to surpass the party that supported ‘Leave’. That’s how elections go; Sometimes you guess right and sometimes you guess wrong. And Labour guessed wrong this time.
Regardless, I admire Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell for choosing to support those who would’ve been under-represented at this election — as in a democracy, ALL THE PEOPLE have the right to be represented, even if we don’t agree with their views. Because, in a democratic system, it isn’t all about you. It’s about everyone.
But now that the election has been held and the results tabulated, it’s clear that the Leave-supporting party has won the election by a landslide… and those voters who voted for ‘Remain’ parties must accept the will of The People in the same responsible and mature manner as demonstrated by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
It’s over. ‘Leave’ won. The People have spoken. It’s time to respect the democratic will of The People and get on with delivering Brexit.
The UK Parliament voted today to hold a UK General Election on December 12, 2019 which should help end the present Brexit impasse in the House of Commons.
Some 3.5-years after the June 23, 2016 referendum a majority of Britons voted to leave the EU (that’s 1,223-days ago!) and the UK is no closer to leaving the EU. So with the House of Commons deadlocked, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed for a General Election to allow their bosses (the UK People) to decide the future of the country. Smart!
A Quick Look at the Brexit File:
- On June 23, 2016 a majority of Britons voted to leave the EU,
- Followed by the February 1, 2017 House of Commons vote where MP’s approved the Article 50 Withdrawal Act to Leave the European Union (498-114),
- And then PM Theresa May’s June 8, 2017 General Election win (an election where every party ran on a platform of delivering Brexit),
- Followed by last week’s House of Commons vote approving Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal (but in a separate vote, MP’s didn’t approve the timing of the deal)
- Now Britons have another opportunity to weigh-in via the ultimate ‘People’s Vote’ — a UK General Election — where citizens of legal voting age can support Brexit or not, support the domestic platform of any party or not, etc.
With polls favouring the Conservatives and their lead increasing, it might be a tight race.
Certainly the ruling Conservatives are a known quantity, in power since May 11, 2010; First with PM David Cameron until June 24, 2016, followed by PM Theresa May until July 23, 2019, and now, PM Boris Johnson since July 24, 2019 — while Labour hasn’t formed a government since PM Gordon Brown stepped down almost a decade ago.
The only way Labour can manage to stay-on as the official opposition is to run on anything but their Brexit platform, and instead, run on what they could do for the NHS, for low-cost housing, for worker’s rights and other social issues, IMHO.
While this election shouldn’t be all about Brexit, it will be for a majority of voters who want 3.5-years of economic uncertainty to end and they know the Conservatives will deliver.
The issue of our times, at present, is Brexit. And that’s what The People will be voting for, or against.
Based on nothing except that I always get these things right… hehehe, here are my UK General Election 2019 predictions.
The Conservatives will form a small majority government, Labour will gain many seats — while the Lib Dems, the SNP, and independent MP’s will take a beating at the polls. The Brexit Party will become the 3rd party in the House of Commons behind Labour, while the Greens and Plaid Cymru will barely hold onto their existing seats. UKIP won’t win a seat.
Whatever happens, I hope that every MP who is dedicated to serving their constituents does well in this election no matter what side of the Brexit divide they’re on.
Good MP’s like that are worth their weight in diamonds. Good luck, MP’s!
Read: UK set for 12 December general election after MP’s vote (BBC)
Read: UK General Election: A Really Simple Guide (BBC)
Why would some UK politicians attempt to delay Brexit by pushing for a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ when holding a General Election is the best ‘People’s Vote’ of all?
There must be a reason.
And the reason some UK Members of Parliament are running scared of voters is because they know they might possibly delay Brexit by contriving the conditions necessary to hold a 2nd EU referendum, but they also know they’d probably lose their seat in the House of Commons should a UK General Election be held anytime soon.
Which doesn’t strike me as democratic.
Some of these MP’s are very shouty about the benefits of democracy and freedom of choice. I hate to point out the obvious here, but if you’re calling for a 2nd referendum (that you wrongly imagine you can win) and are simultaneously trying to prevent a General Election, you’re not a democrat.
In short, if you’re using your elected position to inflict your personal agenda on Britons it means you’re a pirate, not a democrat.
What do ‘The People’ Think?
Some 60% of Britons want the government to get on with it!
And that percentage includes former Remainers who respect the fact that the democratic Will of the People is more important than their personal bias.
Now, that’s a subgroup of people who believe in democracy and they deserve plenty of respect from Brexiteers.
Are We There Yet?
I’ll remind you that it took the UK working with its allies 2042-days to defeat the biggest war machine ever created in World War II. Meanwhile, it’s taken 1,209-days (as of today) to get almost nowhere on the Brexit file. Pathetic! But the UK shares the blame with the EU as both seem to have a problem delivering on the democratic Will of the People.
Such democracies can only be seen as something less than pure democracies because they aren’t as responsive as they should be in delivering on the Will of The People.
The ‘Will of Parliament’ is Nothing Compared to The ‘Will of The People’
If UK politicians derive their political legitimacy from voters (and they do) then those politicians have agreed to be bound by the wishes of the people who elect them.
Democracy can’t work any other way because by any reasonable definition, any other way isn’t democratic.
So, why are these politicians using the power granted them by their constituents to pursue their own agenda, instead of doing the job done they’ve been hired to do?
And what more do they think can be accomplished that wasn’t accomplished in the 1209-days (40.3 months) since the 2016 EU referendum?
Yes, it is the remit of the government to decide ‘how’ and ‘when’ things happen, but it is not the remit of the government to decide ‘what’ happens — that’s decided by UK voters on election day.
To put it bluntly; ‘Policy and Procedure’ are decided by government while ‘Direction’ and ‘Empowerment’ are decided by voters.
For some inexplicable reason, these lines have been blurred in the UK to the detriment of democracy writ large.
As to how Britons view Parliament’s handling of Brexit, the same poll referenced above found British MP’s lacking; “The poll found 89 per cent of people said “all of Parliament” were to blame over the lack of progress in Brexit.”
Take note Parliamentarians! That’s a memo from YOUR EMPLOYERS — the UK people.