IT IS interesting that no term can be used that is stronger than ‘febrile’ without venturing into the realm of chaos.
Amidst all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, I am concerned that nobody seems to be marking the level of rationality of our elected representatives.
There seems to be a large amount of irrationality on show. Perhaps I am biased, but this irrationality mainly emanates from the Remain side.
If there were to be a rational course of events, it would seem that Mrs May would have negotiated a reasonable deal. Both the EU and the UK would have acted in good faith.
Parliament would have respected the wishes of the referendum voters, followed their instructions and facilitated a smooth exit from the EU.
Instead all we have seen over the last two years has been obstruction. The EU has operated in bad faith. MPs and others have sabotaged the PM by trying to nullify the referendum result. They have enlisted the courts to do this. They are succeeding. The public are being cheated by their supposed betters.
The referendum result was clear.
The current outcome has been that the state has been destabilised.
I would observe that the fate of this nation’s exit from the EU lies in the hands of 650 of our elected representatives.
What we are hearing from these individuals are explanations for their conduct. However they are 650 individuals and they will all have individual motivations.
At a time like this it is reasonable to question what these really are, especially when Parliament is acting irrationally. It is not rational for these individual parliamentarians to reinterpret the wishes of the Leave voters, especially when they do so by calling for a second referendum of some kind or the revocation of Article 50.
I would also observe that, while numerous countries hold referendums, it is noteworthy that it is only referendums on EU matters which seem to be nullified when the vote goes against the interests of the EU. Referendums on abortion and gay marriage are carried and there is no call for debate, no protest, no petitions, no reinterpretations.
Even the referendum on Scottish independence outcome was not attacked in this way, and calls for a second vote have been muted. Scottish independence supporters have not been mobilised in the same way. Their fervour has not been validated and encouraged by a supine or partisan media in the same way as has happened with Remain supporters. This is despite the fact that the main UK parties fought a General Election on Leave platforms, while in Scotland there is a dominant party dedicated to Scottish independence.
So there is a pattern of EU referendums being subverted all over the continent. And this does call into question what the precise personal motivations of some of the 650 individuals who make and pass our laws. Parliament is acting irrationally and the explanations by individuals for their part in this for doing so do not stack up.
The referendum result is being stolen from the people by a few hundred Members of Parliament. It is reasonable to question their exact and precise motivations as their current justifications appear insufficient.