Brexit! Elections! Jo Swinson

So the deed is done! Brexit will happen now and it seems that a significant number of people want this. The thing I struggle with is trying to understand what it is they actually want. What is it that they think Brexit will bring to the country? After fighting hard to build a united Europe how will the UK be better off separated from our allies? I just don’t get it, but it’s too late for all of that now.

What is democracy?

a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

“a system of parliamentary democracy” control of an organization or group by the majority of its members.

“the intended extension of industrial democracy”

Many of my ‘Remainer’ friends are now posting about proportional representation and how that would be better for the country.  Well, it is easy to blame the system when the votes don’t go your way.  The fact is that given a choice people did not vote to remain. Even the most ardent of Remainers decided to vote for Labour even though Labour did not have a clear mandate to remain in the European Union.

In various conversations I was intrigued about why this might be the case and asked a few friends to explain their rationale. Some said they decided that the Lib Dems were no longer acceptable because they would revoke article 50. Their argument being that a large number of people voted to leave so we must have a second referendum. I found myself thinking and possibly saying, hang on a minute, if you want to remain then why not vote for the only party that has it at the centre of its manifesto? The responses were various.

This election has made me think about many things and I want to share just a few about Jo Swinson.

  1. As the leader of a major party she deserves some credit, her message was clear and unequivocal. When pushed to vote, people just didn’t go for it and maybe in the moment of truth, x on a paper, people didn’t want it enough to vote for her.
  2. We have ended up with a significant conservative majority and they will be in power for the next 5 years. We are leaving Europe, no more equivocation about it!
  3. Female leaders always bring out the worst in mainstream media. I have heard so much bollocks about Jo Swinson, her age, her ambition (being too aggressive – have you seen and heard BoJo?) her clothes, and it pisses me off!
  4. Its really quite simple: she tried really hard to be heard in this election and for the UK to Remain in the EU; she failed. It took courage to step up in the way she did and she stood for something that matters to a great many people. 
  5. Jo Swinson will continue to have a good career in whatever she chooses to do but it wont be the House of Commons anytime soon. She has experienced the worst type of learning experience, failure, and hopefully she will come back stronger.

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