There’s a delicious irony to Remainers’ branding of Leave voters as confused individuals who have simply made a desperate howling noise, whose anti-EU vote was a ‘howl of anger’ (Tim Farron) or a ‘howl of frustration’ (JK Rowling). Which is that if anyone’s been howling in recent days, it’s them, the top dogs of the Remain campaign.
They are howling against the demos; raging against the people; fuming about a system that allows even that portly bloke at the end of your street who never darkened the door of a university to have a say on important political matters. That system we call democracy.
In all the years I’ve been writing about political stuff, I cannot remember a time when anti-democratic sentiment has been as strong as it is right now.
No sooner had an awe-inspiring 17.5m people rebelled against the
advice of virtually every wing of the establishment and said screw-you
to the EU than politicos were calling into question the legitimacy of
their democratic cry. Apparently the people were ill-informed,
manipulated, in thrall to populist demagoguery, and the thing they want,
this unravelling of the EU, is simply too mad and disruptive a course
of action to contemplate.
So let’s overturn the wishes of this dumb
demos. So it is that David Lammy
has howled against the ‘madness’ of the vote. We can ‘bring this
nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament’, he said. That
nightmare he’s talking about is the people having their say, the throng
making a choice. The UN Special Representative for International
Migration, Peter Sutherland,
has also openly called for the crushing of the people’s will.
voters were hoodwinked by a ‘distortion of facts’, he says — because
we’re that stupid — and ‘somehow this result must be overturned’. UN
officials condemn African or Asian dictators who ride roughshod over the
will of their peoples, yet seek to foment the same in Britain. Read it all here.........................