A Day That Will Live In Infamy
Cllr. Dr. Peter Hill argues that the government lost faith with the British people this week. With the present crop of Tory MPs not fit for purpose - it is time to build a UK Tea Party to root out and replace the rotten apples.
To paraphrase President Franklin D. Roosevelt yesterday, February 26th, 2019 - a date which will live in infamy - the people of the United Kingdom were suddenly and deliberately betrayed by the anti-democratic forces of the European Union.
Facing a rebellion from an apparently large number of her Cabinet ministers Theresa May has promised Members of Parliament a vote on delaying the UK's departure from the EU, or ruling out a no-deal Brexit if they reject her Brexit-in-name-only (BRINO) deal next month.
Across the UK today at least 17,410,742 voters are filled with righteous anger. We were all told by our Government “This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide.” Instead of our decision being delivered we have had two years of faffing, fannying and general procrastination.
Theresa May, whose heart has never really been in Brexit, has clung onto power after Andrea Leadsom was so artfully shived out of the race for the Leadership of the Conservative Party. May’s unique style of spineless leadership has led to the loss of the Conservative majority and the negotiation of a deal where the EU gets exactly what they want, and the UK pays £39 billion to stay in the Single Market with an endless Irish border backstop.
However, it would be unfair to lay all the blame at the designer shoes of Theresa May. She has been joined by countless other MPs such as Anna Soubry, Philip Lee and Ken Clark who think they know better than voters. We ‘orrible racist xenophobic uneducated and generally stupid Brexit-supports are expected to keep quiet while Brexit is frustrated.
Unfortunately for them and for our democracy, that isn’t going to happen. Those quiet rumblings on the horizon are intensifying into a thundering storm of public anger. What is deeply concerning me is how the public’s anger will manifest itself? How can we ensure the Government and MPs deliver on the will of the people?
The Independent Group MPs have already jumped ships to escape their respective Parliamentary Parties until the next General Election in 2022 at the latest. Thankfully a massive opportunity exists for Brexit supporting activists to vent their anger and frustration through their local political associations.
Writing letters hasn’t worked, signing online petitions hasn’t worked, and protesting hasn’t worked. Brexiteers should instead join their local associations. These associations decide who is put forward for Parliament, and can even force the de-selection their local MP.
While Labour has Momentum and the U.S Republicans had the Tea Party, it seems Brexit now needs a similar movement to ensure MPs deliver what we voted for, and what their manifestos said they would deliver. If that doesn’t work, I look forward to seeing you on the barricades!
Cllr Dr Peter Hill is a Unitary Authority and Parish Councillor in Bracknell Forest, and a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
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