Wednesday, 1 February 2017

What do you call people who vote for something they know will harm the country? Supine.

Nearly 400 of our MPs have voted to trigger Article 50 for the UK to leave the EU.

And the vast majority of them know this will harm Britain.

They know that their vote this evening will bring economic hardship; they know it will probably bring about the break up of the union between London and Edinburgh; and they know there is a severe risk of their actions causing instability in Europe, a continent nearly always at war till the EU was formed.

They know Brexit will harm the UK; yet they voted for it.

I am struggling to know what to call such people. Short sighted doesn't work because some of them know what will happen down the line. Traitors is too strong, though, as Kenneth Clarke reminded them yesterday, they were elected to support the national interest, so there is an element of betrayal in what they have done.

Supine is probably the best word.

The parliament under David Cameron made a terrible mistake introducing the idea that a referendum can have the final say, that there is a 'voice of the people'. It's a myth. There is no such thing. And if there was it would be impossible to measure. No, there is no voice of the people; there is though the voice of the crowd, whipped up by those who should no better

Now the crowd have spoken, those with responsibility should act with courage to do what is best for the country. Not this parliament. Their moral compass seems not far from that of Pontius Pilate, who sent an innocent man to his death, even though he knew he was innocent.

Most of our MPs have taken exactly the same position. They know that leaving the EU is dangerous and harmful, indeed a year ago they argued to remain, but because of the crowd, this parliament have agreed to the death of the UK in the EU.

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