FOR hundreds of years there has been a great principle in this country.
It determines how you are ruled. It says just this: You get the government you voted for.
It’s scandalous for rebellious MPs to say the Brexit vote is worthless
It’s a good system. I’m all in favour of it. But next week that could change. Why? Why else? Because some MPs want to ignore how you voted in the Brexit referendum.
In the UK we have elections, you vote for candidates, and if enough of those candidates get elected their party, or parties, can form a government.
You voted for them, you can get rid of them. It’s why we stand on manifestos: So that you can judge us, the politicians, against our promises.
Your elected government controls the work of the House of Commons. It’s accountable to you, and when it makes mistakes, you can vote that government out at the next election.
Reuters Oliver Letwin plans to support a move to take control of the Commons from the Government YOU elected
However, some MPs don’t want Brexit. And they don’t want to respect the Referendum result. And they have a cunning plan.
Oliver Letwin, one of the nicest and cleverest people in politics, and another Conservative MP called Nick Boles, plan to support a move to take control of the Commons from the Government YOU elected.
Instead, the Commons would be managed by a shadowy committee of grandees. They, and not the elected Government, would control what Parliament does. This would change the way this country has been run for centuries.
Why? Why would conservatives want such a revolution? Because they don’t want Brexit.
Nick Boles Conservative MP Nick Boles is also planning to support the move
So instead of Parliament being run by the Government you voted for, and can vote to get rid of, it would be run instead by a group of self-selected backbenchers.
These backbenchers would be cross-party, so you couldn’t vote them out. They would have no mandate from you because you never voted to be governed by MPs such as Yvette Cooper in the first place.
And if they take over, you won’t be able to vote them out, because they won’t be forming an accountable, party government.
They will have no record to stand on, or defend. You will be able to see them telling you what to do, but because they won’t be doing that through a party, you won’t be able to touch them democratically.
You never voted to be governed by MPs such as Yvette Cooper in the first place
You can see why it appeals to some politicians to boss people around but not to have to risk answering for their actions.
It is hard to think of a more outrageous proposal than some MPs saying to the British people: “Your vote will not matter. It will not matter who you voted to govern this country.
It will not matter whether the party you supported promised to respect the Referendum result. We know better. We are going to govern you instead, the way we want. Oh, and you’ll have no way of getting rid of us either.” But the amazing thing is, this idea just gets WORSE, should the people behind it put it into practice.
For if these MPs take over the Commons, what are they going to do with that power? What is the fantasy they hope their cunning plan will deliver?
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They won’t tell you. You can ask them, if you can find them, but you won’t get any answers. Some of them won’t tell you what they want to do because they don’t know what they want to do.
They just know that they hate the Brexit you voted for so much that you not getting it must be the best thing for you. But most of the MPs who want to take away government from the party you voted for daren’t admit what they honestly want.
For what are they going to admit to? That they want us to stay in the EU’s Customs Union? Or their single market? Accepting Freedom of Movement? And the rule of the EU’s courts and laws? Applied by the EU and its political courts?
That the EU will get all the billions it wants? That there’ll be another Referendum, with the first result ignored, as “a mistake”, with you voting again until you get it right? That we won’t in fact leave the EU at all?
PA:Press Association If these MPs take control of Parliament from Theresa May, very soon it’ll be Jeremy Corbyn who’s in control
It’s no wonder the MPs who support any or all of this daren’t admit it. But it gets even WORSE.
For even if they did admit what they want, how would these MPs do all that? The moment these MPs seized control of Parliament, they would still have to bring forward laws to put their ideas into effect.
They would still have to win votes on those proposals. And who in this Parliament would vote for them?
Where would they get their Commons’ majority from? Anti-Brexit Tories and Blairite Labour MPs and Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters and Nicola Sturgeon’s MPs? It’s a laughable coalition of chaos.
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This is the stuff of fantasy. The moment MPs such as Nick Boles have to openly say what they actually want, that will be the end of it.
But if he gets his way and takes control of Parliament from Theresa May, very soon it’ll be Jeremy Corbyn who’s in control.
And no one will be laughing then.
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