We are living in one of the most undemocratic democracies of all time…
We have Brexit that isn’t Brexit, a parliament that can be shut down on the say so of one person, not one but two unelected Prime Ministers in succession, a parliament being run by opposition party MP’s and a government that governs in name only…
The last two Prime Ministers have taken office based on a vote within their own party and without scrutiny or question from fellow MP’s in Parliament. So not only is Scotland lumbered with a Conservative Government that it never voted for, it is also burdened with a Prime Minister who has never won an election and has not been the subject of scrutiny by the electorate or indeed the Parliamentarians who represent the people that the Prime Minister is responsible for making decisions for.
In Scotland a new First Minister must be voted in by the Scottish Parliament following a debate and scrutiny from MSP’s, as an example following the resignation by Alex Salmond in 2014, Nicola Sturgeon was nominated alongside Ruth Davidson and a vote of 66 to 15 gave Ms Sturgeon the position of First Minister, the same occurred in 2016 when she defeated Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie by a vote of 63 to 5. So on both occasions the First Minister was elected by a majority in the Scottish Parliament.
Theresa May was handed the position of Prime Minister following the resignation of David Cameron in 2016, in 2017 she went to the polls in a snap election to try to strengthen her position but ended up losing her majority in the house of commons and had to rely on a coalition with the DUP to form a working government. Fast forward to 2019, Theresa May resigns and Boris Johnson is given the keys to number 10, within the first week of taking power Boris found his majority of two dropped to one when his party lost a by-election, then he lost that majority when one of his party crossed the floor to join the Lib-Dems, to make matters worse he then removed the whip from 21 MP’s which resulted in the loss of more party members, this has left Boris in the embarrassing position of having a minority government.
But it doesn’t end there, because not only does Boris Johnson not have a majority in the House of Commons he doesn’t even have control of the order paper that allows the government to decide what matters are debated and voted on. It is a democratic nightmare for the government, which has been made even worse by the opposition parties twice refusing (for all the right reasons) to hold a general election.
The opposition which currently commands a healthy majority in the House of Commons now has total control over parliament and future legislation, making the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Boris Johnson a Government in name only.
In order to avoid further defeat and scrutiny over the governments Brexit plans, the Prime Minister has decided to take the undemocratic route of proroguing (suspending) parliament; this move has angered many on the opposition benches and has resulted in the legality of the suspension being questioned in the courts.
There is no doubt that another election is coming, and there is no doubt in my mind that the conservative party will lose many of its seats in that election, but will it break the brexit deadlock? I personally doubt it because apart from the SNP and Lib-Dems who are avid remainers, both the Conservative and Labour Parties are very much split on the subject of leaving or remaining in the EU
Despite what some people will have us believe a General Election will not be a re-run of the 2016 Referendum, the outcome may well be a good indication of the will of the people but after the dust settles we will still be faced with the same issues that we are facing now, Deal or no Deal, Leave or Remain, Extend article 50, Peoples Vote, etc. etc…
The only thing that is perfectly clear is that 52% voted in 2016 to leave the EU, and however you want to play it democracy should be respected, but on the flip side, there were many people who were misled into thinking leaving would be fruitful and easy to do, not many knew that leaving would be as complicated as it has turned out to be and that leaving without a deal would be so disastrous.
Many, like me looked into these things beforehand and tried to warn people of the downside to Brexit, only to be shouted down and ignored by Brexiters who accused us of scaremongering.
Well here we are, three years later, our economy failing and we’re still in the EU, Brexit has already cost the UK billions of pounds and millions of lost jobs, and we haven’t even begun negotiations to finalise a deal to leave.
How much more money and how many more jobs are going to be lost before the Government wakes up and realises what they are doing, and indeed what they have been doing for the last three years isn’t working?
It is clear to many of us that there needs to be a second referendum or peoples vote, and in my opinion there needs to be three questions on the ballot paper.
- Remain in the EU
- Leave the EU without a deal
- Remain until a deal has been put in place
For the people of Scotland who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and have unwittingly been caught up in all this Brexit madness there is another choice, and that is to leave the UK and let them get on with it…