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Readers’ comments: Too many powerful snouts in the trough


In response to Timothy Bradshaw: Blair and the demolition of democracy,

Abominable_Yeoman wrote:

An excellent summary of the people and the mindset which has brought us (the people of the UK and the UK itself) to this position. As others note on here, also an alarming and deeply depressing summary.

I’ve said before but will say again, when I consider the HoC and the MSM, I don’t see more than a handful of individuals whom I can trust and respect. Nor do I see more than a small group genuinely interested in representing anyone but themselves.

Tony Blair was the ultimate master of self-regard and manipulation during his time in office. It appears old habits die hard.

derekandclive wrote:

What the actions of the last three years have done is to demonstrate to the citizenry that actually there has been no democracy in Britain for at least 25 years, and that all of the flap and flannel we have been given by the moral and intellectual pygmies of Westminster, and the parasitic troughing agents of Brussels that inhabit Whitehall, has been a massive fraud and deception upon us. They have spent decades enriching themselves and selling us down the river, taking away much of our freedom and independence and caging us in a monstrous European labour camp with no say in how we are administered, no control over who we will be forced to live with, no input into who our hard work must support and no democratic means to express the choice of a different path. The veneer of decency, honesty, commitment and democracy that the establishment have claimed they supported and provided to us during the last 25 years has been a sham and the full scale of their lies and betrayal is finally seeing the light of day. There will be no going back now, and even if we do not escape this hideous bureaucratic hell because they won’t let us, we will all know that we are no longer being governed by consent, we are being ruled by a managerial dictatorship as their oppressed prisoners. They have changed the relationship between citizen and state to something akin to the old USSR (there really isn’t much difference at all) and now everybody is aware just how much they have removed our freedom. The question of course will be, if we cannot vote for democratic change any more, what happens next?

Della Cate wrote:

I see that the poisonous little goblin, Bercow, is now promising ‘creativity’ to stop a no-deal Brexit. He also asserts that the only possible Brexit is one agreed and endorsed by Parliament. He says that if the Government tries to ignore the recently passed law making Boris ask for an extension it will be stopped ‘forcibly’, and neither ‘the clock ticking’ nor the ‘existing rule book’ will prevent Bercow from taking action.

I read this with incredulity and a growing sense of unease. It seems to me that Bercow is saying that he’d do whatever it takes to stop Brexit and limit the Government, despite his supposed neutrality. It’s as if the remain camp are now totally drunk on their own importance and sense of power. Never mind what the people voted for and thought they would get! Who cares about them? We know better!
And yes, if T Blair and P Mandelson are involved in all this, I’m not a bit surprised. I’d be more surprised if they weren’t.

I always said we just would not be allowed to leave – too many powerful snouts in the trough. The only upside is that at least the machinations are being revealed . . . but sadly, I feel it’s far too late, at least for Brexit.

Minor Thoughts wrote:

I read a book about the British constitution many years ago and I was struck by how limited the powers of the prime minister were. However, the one absolute power the PM did have was to call a general election. If parliament, the party or the cabinet were against the PM, an election would allow the public to have its say. Blair removed that power and I wondered at the time why such an egomaniac would remove this absolute veto. Well, the answer now is obvious. The one thing our politicians fear is the electorate, and their say in affairs was to be made increasingly negligible.

On another point, I don’t see why this government should benefit from me having National Savings. I intend to close mine and use the money elsewhere. If every Brexiteer did the same it would hit the government where it hurts. It would also remove your personal exposure to the UK being persuaded to support the ECB efforts to prop up the eurozone economy (i.e. Germany).

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