The go-to correspondent for reports from the SJW safe space, Sam Hooper, recently published his take on the “post-truth/post-fact” idiom which the political and media establishments in the UK and the USA have pushed since the pro-Brexit referendum victory in Britain and the election of Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, across the Atlantic. The venerable Pete North offers his thoughts on the matter here.
For my part, I find it extraordinary to see politicians and pundits, who still struggle to distinguish between the Single Market and the EU Customs Union, scolding members of the public and the alternative media for challenging the dominance of the increasingly lazy and feckless legacy media old-guard. In spite of being written out of the story (in Britain, in particular), bloggers, YouTubers and other grass roots campaigners undoubtedly played a major role (maybe even a definitive role) in swinging the referendum result towards Brexit.
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The legacy media coverage of the High Court decision to refer the judgement of the British people to the politicians elected to serve the British people, emphasises one phrase in particular: “parliamentary sovereignty”.
This is interesting for several reasons. The campaign to leave the EU was not about “restoring” parliamentary sovereignty. Restoring—perhaps one should say, “taking back control”—of parliamentary sovereignty doesn’t make sense because parliamentary sovereignty was never lost. Parliamentary sovereignty was the means by which “British democracy” was made to serve the European Union (and its predecessors) these past 43 years.
The Brexit vote was an exercise in direct democracy—an unmediated expression of the will of the British people.
The political, academic and legacy media establishment, which dismissed as marginal obsessives those people who noted the extent of the economic, political and judicial integration to which this country was subject, are only now beginning to discuss the fact that…
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Today in the High Court the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, declared: “The government does not have power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50 for the UK to withdraw from the European Union.”
Clearly this decision has given some comfort to those on the remain side and caused absolute fury amongst Brexiteers. If nothing else I think both sides can agree on the constitutional mess David Cameron caused by not thinking through a leave vote. Unless of course plan B involved creating the conditions for a choice between civil war or dictatorship.
Either way I am too far down the food chain to do service to the legal and political ramifications of this decision. All I can say is from my end of the telescope I see two main scenarios, this is just a hurdle or Brexit has exposed our democracy to be a sham.
If this is just a hurdle then I take some comfort from what Sam Hooper and Pete North have to say on the matter. Pete North is fairly relaxed about it and argues that Parliament would have to be consulted in any case to pass the necessary legislation to repatriate existing EU laws. In their view the Tories would be whipped to support it and Labour would probably abstain, the pro Brexit pro EU votes on the Labour side probably cancelling each other out. Sam also points out the Government can appeal to the Supreme Court. I am not so sure that will lead to satisfactory conclusion, I am no legal expert but I am pretty sure that any decision could be further appealed to the European courts. That would lead to the humiliating pantomime of a country having voted to leave the EU asking the judges of that very body to decide the fate of the millions who voted to leave.
If our democracy is a sham – and I am about 60% on this side in my thinking then we have some very dark days ahead. I have written before about the ability of people like George Soros to have immediate access to the highest levels of our Government – even though he is not a UK national and has no vote here. The sight of Richard Branson granting Theresa May and audience to vent his spleen over the Brexit vote was galling, I don’t remember a postal worker from Boston who voted leave walking in straight afterwards to make his case.
If our country is indeed run by unseen agents it would explain a lot. It would explain the policy of mass immigration Westminster is forcing on the people of this country, inviting in millions of people who hate our people and our way of life. It would explain the lawfare being waged against our armed forces – a useful tool if you wanted to demoralise and neuter the last institution left that has sworn to defend the people of this country.
I still remain hopeful that there is a democratic way out of this EU nightmare – but we must remember this is where we are at, a foreigner married to a wealthy banker has more say than 17.5 million of us.
Brexiteers need to hold their nerve right now and see if Parliament does the right thing, but we also need to prepare for direct action and by this I mean peaceful protest. Violent disorder would play into the hands of any malign agents that may exist, let us not forget France remains under a state of emergency. Sometimes I wonder if that is the game plan here, our establishment never seem to miss an opportunity to insult the people of this country.
So hold the line – but let us organise ourselves under the banner of the Brexit Movement.
Si vis pacem, para bellum