I switched on the radio this morning to a snippet of LBC. The presenter, Andrew Castle, was interviewing a Labour Remainer who was just completing a diatribe against the voters and complementing themselves on being able to understand their complex reasoning, whereas we peasants couldn’t possibly comprehend. Oh my, did they slap each-others’ backs!
The ‘logic’ being displayed was yet another piece of obfuscation leading to another referendum, with only Remain and the worst deal in history on the ballot paper. Apparently, the Labour party is pursuing a redefinition of the word ‘logical’ by supporting her awful deal on the precondition that a second referendum is called, with the aforementioned wording as the question. After having voted for the ‘deal’ in Parliament, they would presumably campaign against it in the referendum? Now, that’s Labour-Remainer logic for you, and it is unique within our universe.
After a degree of spluttering on my part followed by radio silence, I began to consider the logical way out of this impasse, created entirely by an elite who are in the process of breaking the very concept of democracy.
Now, to follow a purely logical path:
- The problem:
The people, who are the supreme authority in a democracy, gave clear instructions to our Parliamentarians to leave the EU.The Parliamentarians, as a group, are refusing to do this.
- The solution:
Change the people or the Parliamentarians. The people cannot be changed, but the Parliamentarians can, so the logical course of action is to change the thing that can be changed.
The concept of a ‘people’s vote’, second referendum or another go, by any other name, is not a solution because the result is indeterminate. There is no point, in logic, of pursuing a course of action that may not solve the problem unless it would be to rule out an option. In this case though, the remain option has already been ruled out, so to follow that course of action is not a logical process.
My thoughts then turned to how we might change our parliamentarians, bearing in mind the severe constraints we have with our voting system and the pattern of allegiances that have developed over many generations. There is zero chance of this happening unless another material factor is introduced into the piece.
One option would be for the major political parties to do this themselves. In theory, it’s a very straightforward process.
- Call an election.
- Spell out clearly their Brexit position framed as one of three options: Leave completely on WTO rules, leave under the worst deal in history, or remain. No amendment to these options would be allowed (by the media) and a party, of course, could only choose one.
- Ask every candidate to swear support for the party’s Brexit position, or to resign if they do not.
- Hold the election.
Before anyone points out that they’ve already done this, I agree. However, many betrayed that promise, but the difference between then and now is that we now know who the betrayers are and with that knowledge they would be automatically deselected.
Then I woke up.
Following on from the logical thread I began with, we need something else to happen.
Since the start of the parliamentary betrayal many small parties, supportive of a clean Brexit, have been formed. They have similar political ideologies, not a million miles away from UKIP when it was a major force in British politics. Many of them are right of centre, many policies would gain my agreement as they would the majority of people, some have the odd silly policy.
With the possible exception of the Brexit Party if it ever becomes more than a web holding page, or a party set up to contest the EU elections only, the thing that they all have in common is that nobody knows who they are; and because of that, and the natural bias of the media, they cannot gain sufficient traction to make the slightest difference in UK general elections.
They labour under the misapprehension that people would vote for them because of their policies. That is evidentially not true.
There are many other problems that beset fledgling political parties that I’ll address in future articles, but for now we are still left with a logical requirement of introducing some change to the political process which is significant enough to affect the outcome of general elections.
- Something must change to change the outcome.
- It can’t be small parties, remember the SDP?
- Why not combine the benefits of parties with something else?
In some places, independents have grouped together to fight council elections with success. Mostly they are ex UKIP people who went independent, but in places like Thurrock they’ve retained seats as Thurrock Independents, combining the clear benefits of a grouping but without the negative, legal and financial aspects of a political party.
Why then do we not do the same thing for General Elections?
There are significant advantages to standing independents who are a part of a grouping which is not a political party, because it overcomes the single biggest disadvantage that an independent has, that of credibility.
That is why I have formed the Coalition of Independents, coalitionofindependents.org
In this instance the grouping has distinct advantages in that all candidates supported by the group would be in favour of a clean Brexit and electoral reform, in the longer game. Other advantages are:
- They are not party people.
- They will have been vetted and approved by a national group.
- There is no need for a national manifesto. They stand on two main policies and are independent on all others.
- They can mirror the political leanings of their constituency.
- Independent Labour in Labour constituencies.
- Independent Conservative in Conservative constituencies.
- Neutral in marginal constituencies.
- Brexiteers in leave constituencies.
- The pool from which to choose top quality people is huge, 70,000 as against a party membership of a couple of hundred.
- They are not corruptible by party bribes; truly people of principle.
There is a warmness from voters toward independents in general, but now, they could provide the politically homeless with a true alternative. People are furious at their party representatives and the blatant betrayal which can incentivise them to switch their vote.
If you agree, please go to the web site, register you interest and let’s make this happen.