Introduction - breaking faith and riots Theresa May has stood up in Parliament to insist that politicians would “break faith” (BBC News, 2018) with the public if they called for a People’s Vote. It’s a sort of dog whistle for the predictions that a People’s Vote followed by a Remain victory (should we be so… Continue reading The People’s Vote: a betrayal of who, exactly?
On Thursday 23rd June, the UK undertook a project of direct democracy: a referendum on its membership to the European Union. The result was a 51.9% vote for leaving the EU, a fact we should not ignore. It was a vote, on a day, saying a narrow majority of the British people who voted wanted… Continue reading What should a democracy look like?
A Guardian columnist named George Monbiot is arguing for more referendums in the UK. His reasoning is pretty good: the problem with the EU Referendum was that it was a large, complex question boiled down to two answers given to a populace inexperienced in referendums. Referendums, especially significant ones, shouldn’t be a ‘learning-on-the-job’ experience; the… Continue reading The Brexit vote teaches us that we should be practicing how to do referendums
Like many countries, the UK has a few people the media loves to put a microphone and camera in front of and listen to their opinion, no matter how uninformed or lacking in nuance it is. One such person in the UK is Katie Hopkins. She was interviewed outside the Conservative Party Conference about her… Continue reading Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins
As inflammatory as many people may take this, the day Article 50 is triggered will be the say that democracy was subverted in the 'Brexit' discourse. It will have been triggered on the back of an awfully constructed opinion poll, violations of the principles of democracy and contrary to how British democracy has functioned for… Continue reading Why I’m still against Brexit: it’s undemocratic
Brexit means Brexit, don’t you know. Now that 52% of people have voted for Brexit (noun) we should now Brexit (verb). End of story. Or do you not believe in democracy?! But, what does Brexit actually mean? This meme of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ doesn’t actually tell us anything. “Brexit” was a word the media made… Continue reading A second Brexit Referendum?
Dear UK citizen, registered voter or not, I am writing to you today to tell you to not give up on your new-found political passion just yet. You need to contact your local representatives. Immediately. We can still stop the Brexit being invoked or shape the negotiations that happen, and we can do… Continue reading An Open Letter to the UK