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Remainers – deceit disguised as democracy

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THE weekend saw a nasty outbreak of hysterical fear and loathing, orchestrated by what is basically a Marxist revolutionary political outfit called the Labour Party, and supported by the liberated middle classes and ‘intelligentsia’. One of the latter even suggested lynching the Prime Minister.

The use of language has been violent, crude and dangerous. I recall Boris Johnson’s Telegraph article defending the right of women to wear burkas while finding them contrary to the dignity of free persons who are made to look like pillarboxes. A howl of faux rage rose against him on the grounds of his ‘language’. This was said to be offensive and possibly a hate crime. Well, it was way lower on the Richter scale of hate speech than our haters of Brexit. To them, Brexiteer are like Nazis, are anti-democratic, are ‘anathema’ because their ideas are anathema. Greg Dyke looked forward to the day when the old white males, aka Brexiteers, die. That’s apparently OK from a recent director general of the nation’s most powerful opinion former, the BBC. No, it’s verging on a genocidal desire, and it was not a joke. Proroguing Parliament for five days means a rejection of democracy, whereas a rogue Speaker taking over the executive and smashing the historical precedent of strict neutrality is not a coup against the people’s vote for a clear Brexit.

Remainers are democratic, Brexiteers are not, and so logically the PM’s efforts to get the EU back to negotiate a fair deal – by this prorogation – are also an affront to democracy. Remainers who say that ‘no deal must be off the table’ knowingly invert their true intentions: they don’t want a fair Brexit deal at all, they want the UK to stay in the EU. And they are working flat out with the EU officials to block the PM’s efforts to leave in a state of freedom rather than as a trade colony. Barnier always aimed not at a remotely fair deal at all, but such a desperately bad one that the UK would be forced to supplicate to rejoin, clearly in bad faith and very probably illegally.

This chicanery is all in the interests of democracy, so their rhetoric says. It is of course all deceit. And the rogue Conservative MPs who are avowedly working hand in glove with the EU to wreck Brexit join the mob affecting to care about democracy, along with Speaker Bercow.

Such a claim reminds me of the post-Saddam Hussein politics of Iraq. The West had gone to war, using the Royal Prerogative as is normal for such executive acts, to bring secular liberal democracy to the people. But the people wanted theocracy, not secular democracy: they wanted one single act of ‘democracy’ to usher in Shi’ite theocracy. That is the strategy of the Remainers of all stripes: to use Parliament to keep the UK under EU rule and keep out a return to national sovereign rule. In fact this Remainerdom is very like a religious movement of an extreme kind. Its opponents are to die, if not to be sent to the fires of hell. Remainer ideology never explains why rule by Brussels is a good idea, and why this loss of national democracy is ‘democratic’ at all. Remainers are fideistic: they believe in the EU totally uncritically, ‘I love Big Brother’. But why?

If their faith has a root in reason they should spell it out. Perhaps it is the view that the nation state is bad and must wither away as a precursor to the eschatological golden age of a Marxist utopia? If that is what they think, please let us know. As things stand, Remainers are deeply against democracy, and in using that word they betray its meaning. The EU is not democratic at all: ask the Greeks and the Italians. It is undoubtedly an alternative to popular democracy: remember the Irish and French being forced by the ‘experts’ to reverse their referendum rejections of the Lisbon Treaty? The EU is a technocracy: authority lies with the experts, the people are the plebs and know their place. The ‘people’ are held in disdain – we do not want to be ‘populists’, do we? Hence the contempt poured on the UK referendum majority of millions of votes – these were the votes of the non-experts, the old, the stupid peasantry.

We have to conclude with the gnawing question about Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: does Boris Johnson believe in democracy and the free nation state? He spent a good two years or so unmasking the WA/PD as an EU/Whitehall trap of rule by the ECJ with no escape, taking laws from the EU with no veto, losing control of our fisheries, taxation on the City of London, and control of our trade by the EU ruling out a US trade deal.

However evidence builds that Boris is requiring only a tweak to the Irish Backstop, that the rest of the imprisoning non-deal WA can stay, as Dan HodgesJohn Longworth and Melanie Phillips fear.

Barnier has said we must ratify the WA and only then discuss changes once back in the cage under full EU control as a supplicant trade colony. Johnson might be mulling over this trick to unite the Conservative Party whose voters would return, trusting Boris and scared of Corbyn, only to find out they had been trapped into Barnier’s trade colony status, too late to do more than howl with rage for lost democracy. Johnson would hope to be forgiven for keeping Corbyn out and our WA/PD cage would not be noticed.

We do know that Dominic Cummings detests Farage and wants to destroy his party. Cummings is a policy wonk of the metropolitan elite himself, an expert who loathes ‘populism’. Johnson has the common touch, but he has voted once for the WA/PD along with Rees-Mogg and Raab. He has experienced the act of betraying his country once; why not again?

Our country is in ‘crisis’, literally in a ‘time of judgement’: will truth prevail over the layers of falsehood peddled to us? Will the crude realpolitik of Conservative Party chicanery, which under Heath tricked the people into giving away historic sovereignty, yet again eat up the hopes and efforts of ordinary people in the interests of keeping power at any cost? Will ‘they’ allow the public to escape from Alcatraz or lead us blindfold back to where we belong?

If Johnson wishes to win the upcoming election he must have the votes of the hundreds of thousands of conservatives who have despaired of Conservative integrity and gone to the Brexit Party. He might achieve this but only if he guarantees never to sign the WA/PD, even shorn of the Irish Backstop, for to sign that document is to give up sovereignty and democratic government for good.

Boris: It’s up to you. You have a track record of bottling out. Don’t do it this time or you are out. Democracy is at stake here: your party and career are unsavoury dross by comparison.

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Timothy Bradshaw
Timothy Bradshaw is a Theological lecturer and Anglican clergyman

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