13
Aug
2019
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It’s not democratic!

When little (and not so little) children don’t get what they want, their reflex is to cry “it’s not fair”.

One grown-up version of this is “it’s not democratic” – or, in Caroline Lucas’s words about Boris Johnson’s cabinet, “a coup led by a small group of right-wing libertarians”.

The “democratic” alternative proposed by Lucas, the lone Green MP, is her pick of nine white, female Remainer MPs plus Nicola Sturgeon. All these individuals oppose the result of the biggest ever popular vote in UK history, and the manifesto promise on which both the current government and opposition, ie. the vast majority of MPs, were elected.

What does ramping up the rhetoric to ever more childish extremes achieve? Yet more entrenched division, stand-offs which hurt everybody and an elevated risk of political violence.

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