Ha ha ha. I heard today that the Liberal Democrats (LibDems, a UK political party) have decided to ignore the result of the Brexit referendum, if ever they get into government.

The good news is that they won’t get into government. Last time around, they attracted 8% of the popular vote – not enough to form a government under any system, let alone our’s. Of course, they’ll argue that their share of the vote will increase. The Conservatives share last time was 42%, and even then they weren’t a clear winner. The Liberal trailed the Conservatives by more than 11 million votes. In first-past-the-post particularly, the LibDems are the perennial second choice – people don’t like what their left/right party is doing, but they can’t bring themselves to vote right/left, so they go somewhere in the middle – enter the LibDems.

On the issue itself, the LibDems are very staunch supporters of the EU. They made that clear, even before our referendum. It’s interesting, though, that they have now said they’d ignore the result of the vote, to stay in.

I’ve posted about this before. I don’t like the word democracy, as it means different things to different people, but you have to wonder, when a party says they will ignore the wishes of a majority, in favour of what they want. If somebody supports these people, how confident would they be that the party would act on the next issue, when some people decided against it?

There’s a serious point here, because we’re no longer taking about Brexit. If you’re saying that you’re going to ignore the result of a vote because you happen not to like the result, you’re talking about the system itself. You’re saying to someone “vote for me, I promise your vote won’t count.” You might say, “It’s just the Brexit issue”, but who decides which votes count and which ones don’t? You? Er…. no, thanks.

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  1. Thinking more about it, this really goes to the heart of where a referendum sits in the order of things – for me, a plebiscite is the highest order of democracy that we have, a yea/nay on a specific issue It trumps politicians, even elected politicians (who we elect for their overall view on many issues), and it certainly trumps people who have paid subs to be a member of an organisation. Sure, the 2016 referendum was a dumb question, because it left so much unanswered, but in as far as it went, we have to adopt the result.


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