How should we celebrate a Referendum Win?
Should we celebrate? Of course we should but our celebrations need to tempered by the fact that we still need “our” government to comply. Given the lies and scaremongering of the “IN” campaign and, in particular, David Cameron we need to remain vigilant and prepared to use all necessary means to ensure that compliance.
Some of us might remember from our school history lessons the events of 1215 and later leading up to the Magna Carta and its various later editions, now largely ignored by those in government. However the memorials at Runnymede still remain as a reminder. Those memorials carry the following inscription:
In these Meads on 15th June 1215 King John at the instance of Deputies from the whole community of the Realm granted the Great Charter the earliest of constitutional documents whereunder ancient and cherished customs were confirmed abuses redressed and the administration of justice facilitated new provisions formulated for the preservation of peace and every individual perpetually secured in the free enjoyment of his life and property.
I doubt that any of our politicians are regular visitors to Runnymede; I also doubt that many have even heard of it or the events which those memorials celebrate. In any case most have certainly chosen to ignore that part of our history. The coming referendum is of far greater significance for our future than those long past events.
How might we celebrate?
Aside from the obvious and conventional ways of celebration we need to ensure that the day is not forgotten, particularly by those in government. One possibility would be a new national holiday on “Independence Day”. I’m sure that there is at least one existing bank holiday which could be moved and re-named without losing another working day.
Let us also not forget that we need to keep our politicians in line and remind them daily that they are there to serve the people, not to pursue their own agendas or those of the federal state across the Channel. One part of that reminding might be a new monument in Parliament Square bearing the original Runnymede inscription together with a clearly stated declaration of our independence. We can easily afford to pay for a grand structure out of our savings in EU contributions and could have a design competition to produce something which could not be ignored by those passing by.
The ongoing battle
Clearly there is much to be done in disentangling ourselves from the EU and its regulations so readily accepted by governments past and present. Those of us who remember life before the EU know that all EU derived law could simply be repealed; life could go on much as it did in 1973. Such a move would likely be opposed by the army of special interest groups which now exist. However I would argue that would be a good starting point; far better that we add our own necessary laws than try to eliminate the many unnecessary ones which have emanated from the EU. In any case I am uncomfortable with such decisions being left to the squabbling rabble in the HoC (with apologies to the very few who don’t fit that description).
Whatever the chosen approach – this is a major undertaking and needs to be planned, just like any major project such as the Channel Tunnel, HS2 or a NASA space flight. To quote a common saying: “to fail to plan is to plan to fail”. I doubt that there are any experienced project managers amongst our politicians; I can only bring to mind a few who had successful real careers prior to entering the world of politics.
Even in the wider world of government employees all we seem to see is spectacular failure to manage major projects. So it seems to me that a project management team needs to be put in place using people who have real world project management experience with a clear brief as to what is necessary. Of course they will need to be supported by others qualified in matters of law, accountancy and any other profession directly affected by the changes.
As of now I see no plan in place for what could happen after the 23 June. Maybe that should be taken as an indication that our referendum result, like that of the Dutch, is intended to be ignored.