|Nor can it be declared a winner or a loser. Leavers could not answer these correctly; I doubt the Conservative Party could, either.|
Last week, I complained to the BBC about their constant pushing forward of everyone's favourite Putin Puppet, Nigel Farage. Among the useless paragraphs they returned to me was this one:
"Although Nigel Farage has never been elected to the House of Commons, he has been an MEP since 1999, and was an influential party leader in UKIP for several years. While Mr Farage may be a controversial figure to some, he has undoubtedly had a significant impact on British and European politics over recent years. Mr Farage led his party’s calls for a referendum on British membership of the EU, and during the referendum campaign he was a key campaigner for Brexit, the winning side."
Note, please, they avoided mentioning his party was the fascist front, UKIP. They made it sound as if he were a REAL politician from a real party anyone would want to be involved with.
The entire exercise, both complaining about their bias and their useless reply, was bad enough.
But then, I noticed what they actually said, little enough though it was. They said he was a "key campaigner for the winning side."
The winning side? I'm sorry, did I miss something? Wasn't this an ADVISORY referendum? In other words, they were seeking people's opinions. Is it possible to have a winning or losing OPINION?
No, it isn't. There is no such thing as a winning or losing opinion; opinions simply exist, in their own right, exercising influence on others only when those others choose to accept this or that opinion. Often, an opinion just sits idly, with no one except he or she who authored it choosing to be influenced by it. IMO, famous social media abbreviation for In My Opinion did not arise because people thought they were offering facts, which can be right or wrong, and one supposes winning or losing. They were offering goal-neutral OPINIONS.
On that basis alone, the UK government must abandon its activities based on the opinions we offered in the referendum, and certainly, no action can logically or ethically be initiated based on a bunch of opinions one way or the other.
If they fail to understand the principle--that an opinion cannot, by definition, be an impetus to group action--then one would have to consider the referendum binding, even though it failed to meet the criteria for binding referenda, such as a certain percentage needed to carry the action, percentage of voters who must have participated, etc.
If the referendum were binding, then the egregious and criminal activities of the two Leave campaigns would automatically cancel the results of the referendum, as I understand it, and it would need to be run again. Preferably minus Cambridge Analytica and, for the sake of all our dinners staying down, without the witless features of cigar-chomping, Putin-pandering, LePen-loving Nigel Farage being plastered all over the telly and the gormless info-tainment rags the Leavers prefer to read so they may continue to reside in the United Kingdom of LaLa.
Sadly, as the referendum was not binding, the electoral issues do not automatically negate the result. BUT....and it's the biggest but and I fail to understand why no court and not even the EU has pointed this out...no action can logically be taken and no change in the status of the UK vis a vis the EU can be predicated upon it.
In short, the limbo we are in because of the total incompetence of Mrs. May and all her mentally deficient and emotionally maladusted minions is actually nothing next to the limbo we are in because the Conservative Party, aided and abetted by a Labour Party that bears as much resemblance to a labour-supporting organization as I do to the Eiffel Tower, chose to treat a non-binding referendum as if it were binding. It is an untenable position, and frankly, they are too dense to know it. The fact that the things they are trying to construct are mutually exclusive...even that, they have failed to figure out.
Please, if there is a god, let him or her swoop in on wings of intellect and anoint the brow of one, single, charismatic, fully-functioning earthbound being who can get the realities through the heads of the Tory politicians who have made a meal out of creating chaos, and through the skulls of the Leavers who bought the lies and airy-fairy promises. And then perhaps the god will have given us an actual leader.
I think I'll offer the traditional "thoughts and prayers":
Surely, great Spirit, you have some tidbits of Churchill left around that you could implant in a worthy human...if you can find one of those. And if I may be so bold, could you ensure that you implant them in a brown, yellow or black UK subject? After the two-year beating we have endured from the Pharagist Phascist Phalanx, it would be lovely to have a little comic relief with our salvation.
Deus ex machina and all that. PLEASE.
Copyright 2018 by Laura Harrison McBride