Last Sunday historian David Starkey wrote in the Mail on Sunday:
800 years of democracy is unravelling before our very eyes: Distinguished historian DAVID STARKEY on how our self-satisfied politicians have launched a coup over Brexit
…The referendum was a very British revolution. And it’s been followed by a very British counter-revolution, which shows every sign of succeeding.
Don’t be deceived by the lack of violence or the comparative good manners of those now seizing control. This is a coup, and what is at stake is the nature and legitimacy of Parliament itself.
Ruled by comfortable, smug elites, Parliament is choosing to ignore the ordinary British people as they attempt to hold power to account.
It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.
If today’s self-satisfied MPs and Ministers – I have already described them as a Parliament of Pygmies – have no time for the voters, they have little time for history, either.
They seem to have forgotten that the original power of our Parliament lay in its claim to represent everybody and not just a few privileged groups, as in continental Europe. (Take for example the Estates General in France or the Cortes Generales in Spain, two early parliaments which promptly died out in the 17th Century.)
They should remember, too, that our Parliament owed its survival to its willingness, with more or less of a struggle, to adapt and remain representative. As time went by, Parliament broadened out to include newly powerful social groups as they appeared.
and he goes on to declare
the EU referendum tore apart the veil: it was now the People versus the Parliament.
Parliament no longer includes large social groups. It instead excludes them. Or it includes only those of which it approves (gays, lesbians. Muslims, etc).
No better example of this is to be found than in Britain’s smokers, who were exiled to the outdoors on 1 July 2007, and have remained there ever since.
Britain’s smokers now have no representation whatsoever. Nobody speaks for them. They are instead serially robbed and driven further and further outside society.
If British democracy started unravelling, it wasn’t with the Brexit vote in June 2016, but with the smoking ban of July 2007, or the Health act of February 2006.
Or perhaps it started unravelling when Britain joined the unrepresentative and undemocratic managerial state of the EU, which declared, way back in 1989 that
…to ensure respect for the right to health of non-smokers, it is essential to ban smoking in public places in certain establishments and in forms of transport;
The British government ceased to represent the British people when it ceded its sovereignty to the European Union, and since then it has acted simply as a rubber stamp for legislation required by the EU (such as the smoking ban of 2007).
And the same is true of every other formerly sovereign state in the EU. For the French government no longer represents the French people, and neither does the Spanish government or the German government or any of the others represent their own people. And that’s why there’s a Yellow Vest uprising in France. There’s a nationalist populist revolt gathering momentum all over Europe. It’s a revolt by people who want their countries back, who want their parliaments and assemblies to represent them, not rule them.
It’s happening all over Europe. Not just Britain and France.
Writing along similar lines as David Starkey, Donald Tump Jr:
It has now been 1,000 days since the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, but despite nearly three years of ‘negotiations’ between the government and the European Union, the country seems as far as ever from actually leaving. Prime Minister May has even gone so far as threatening the country with no Brexit at all if politicians don’t line up to support her unpopular and controversial Brexit deal.
Mr Trump compared the no-holds-barred tactics by the British and European establishment to stop Brexit from going ahead to attacks on his father in the U.S., stating that the fight for independence was not yet over and that “the people of both the UK and the US must reaffirm the decisions they made in 2016 to stand up for themselves against the global elite.”
Noting the “desperate, last-gasp attempt by those previously in power” to overturn the 2016 revolutions, Mr Trump was particularly scornful of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who has led the United Kingdom through the bulk of the Brexit process, while achieving little for the British people.
Maybe when Donald Trump Sr. steps down, Donald Trump Jr. will step into his shoes?