The pimple head that is Donald Trump Jr recently claimed that British democracy is dead after Parliament didn’t approve Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement for the second time. However, is there any truth to what this talking flannel has claimed? On the face of it you could say that the democratic system in the UK isn’t working very well; Parliament is in a gridlock and can’t agree on what it wants and vast amounts of the electorate are all arguing about what they want. Whether this be a 2nd referendum, leave with no deal or to cancel Brexit all together and the fact there seems to be no movement on any front the claim British democracy is dead does have validity.
However, as like his Father, Trump the 2nd is wrong; in fact British democracy has never been stronger despite the current divisions.
We begin with the momentous decision of the House of Commons voting to take over control of the business of the House away from the Government and having it decide what motions are to be carried forward and put to votes. That was a true example of Parliamentary democracy at its finest. Secondly the sheer increased level of local activism within our politics whether it is for Leave or Remain has been a wonder to behold. The whole debate of Brexit has ignited a grass roots level of political thinking and reflection that no other issue has in the UK since the Poll Tax and arguably the Iraq War.
One of the pinnacle arguments from Brexit was about taking back control; British votes for British laws so to speak. So I do find it amusing that those on the Leave side got hissy with Parliament when they started taking actions that delayed Brexit or set some new parameters that they didn’t like. I was under the impression that they wanted Parliament to be taking control and not have the EU sticking their muddy fingers in all the time.
Pinhead the 2nd (Trump Jr) really is in no position to talk about a democracy being dead when he is a part of an administration that was ‘elected’ on the back of losing the popular vote by 3.5 million votes. Much like his Father, Trump Jr needs to stay quiet and keep his slimy fingers and greasy hair out of things he knows nothing about.
Personally the so called ‘deadlock’ or ‘stalemate’ that is occurring in the Brexit process can be put to be bed by having a simple outright binding referendum in each nation of the UK with there being 3 options on the ballot paper. Option 1; accept the deal that has been put forward. Option 2; leave with no deal. Option 3; remain in EU. For the vote to carry and be legally binding 3 of the 4 nations of the UK must have a majority for the same option. If this does not occur than the whole Brexit process is terminated and the UK remains a member of the EU on the same grounds of membership as always has done.
The sheer level of debate that this issue generates shows in of itself that British democracy isn’t dead. This issue rallies people’s gut feelings about what they believe and drives them to get involved. Nearly 6 million people signed a petition for Article 50 to be revoked, that doesn’t happen if democracy in your country is dead.
I say one thing to Trump Jr: I think American democracy is the one that is dead when the real President of the US lives in Moscow.