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Yes, we must now fight for our most basic democratic rights

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 21:34
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It became for me noticeably clear after the Referendum. There was an agonised scream from the Guardian – “the wrong people are using Democracy”. It was not just a joke. Since then, the bien-pensant metropolitian class has been doing everything it can to replace or remove our most fundamental democratic rights with various decision-making systems that they can control. You may have thought me over the top when I have warned previously that our most fundamental legal democratic safeguards – the right to associate, to free speech, to form political parties, the right of universal suffrage and of the secret ballot – are under threat. Today I commend to you without reservation Allister Heath’s column in the Telegraph (£). 

Heath characterises this as a struggle between the liberal democrats – us -  against the managerialists of  ‘authoritarian liberalism’. And we are losing. Heath also admits that we have lost Brexit.

I prefer to call this emergent global political model “managerialism”. If you want to find some of its more vocal proponents, look no further than the pro-EU “rebel” MPs slowly but surely killing off Brexit: their contempt for real democracy is matched only by their preposterous self-regard. They are typical card-carrying authoritarian liberals, convinced that they know better than we do what is good for us. …

Brexit is being overturned but it won an astonishing victory against a Remain side that massively outspent it….

There is huge, pent-up populist anger across the EU, and the rage of the Brexiteers when they find out they have been conned will be something else….

Britain almost broke away; but it seems that the tide of history was too strong for Theresa May’s hapless government. Still, history never ends, and supporters of liberal democracy will live to fight another day, in Britain and across the world.

Please, if you spend money on anything today, buy a copy of the Telegraph and clip Heath’s article.

We must start over again. We need a party to replace both UKIP and the Conservatives, that supports fundamental libertarian and democratic values, that supports all those deserted and abandoned by the Labour Party and that isn’t ashamed to learn from the Swiss how to defend popular democracy.

This fight has just started.



Source: http://raedwald.blogspot.com/2018/06/yes-we-must-now-fight-for-our-most.html

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