The new Brexit party didn’t win the Peterborough by-election after all, They came second.
I’m not very surprised. They won a lot of seats in the EU elections at the end of May. But the EU elections are a bit of a joke. MEPs are almost completely powerless. The European parliament is a rubber stamp for proposals by the European Commission.
By contrast Westminster MPs are far more powerful. They can bring down the government, and have quite often done so. Theoretically the European parliament can use a motion of censure to dismiss the European Commission, but no single group has ever held a majority in the EU parliament., so it’s never happened.
‘Politics Has Fundamentally Changed,’ Says Farage After Brexit Party Comes Close Second
I think UK politics will only fundamentally change if and when the Brexit party (or some other party) starts winning seats in the UK parliament rather than EU parliament. For I think voters will think much harder about where to place their vote in a UK election than in an EU election.
And also we’re supposed to be leaving the EU.
Yesterday I was watching Claire Fox, who was elected to the EU parliament in May as a Brexit party MEP, being interviewed on So What You’re Saying Is:
It was an interesting interview. She said she’d been shocked when the UK government failed to deliver Brexit after the 2016 referendum. She said that a great many people were shocked.
I wasn’t shocked. I never expected Brexit to ac.tually happen, given that most MPs in parliament are Remainers rather than Brexiters. Once elected, they do what they themselves want, not what their voters want, or what’s in their party manifesto. Most of these MPs don’t see their job as being one of representing the people in their constituencies.
The 2007 UK smoking ban best exemplifies the contempt with which MPs in parliament view the British public: they quite happily voted to exile 10 million or more British smokers to the outdoors, ignoring the Labour party manifesto that promised to allow some pubs to permit smoking. What made anyone think that these self-righteous bastards were ever going to deliver Brexit? They weren’t going to. And they aren’t going to.
So I don’t see why Claire Fox expected the British government to actually deliver Brexit. Particularly when it seems to be the case (image at right) that she’s a smoker, and even has – like me – her own naughty page on Tobacco Tactics.
But Brexit aside, in the half hour interview Claire Fox never once mentioned the UK smoking ban. Nobody ever mentions the smoking ban. In another interview, Rod Liddle – another smoker, last time I heard – also didn’t mention the smoking ban.
In fact, when was the last time that Nigel Farage mentioned the smoking ban? I heard him speak about it in 2011 at Stony Stratford.
Maybe they’ve all stopped smoking? Claire Fox, Rod Liddle, and Nigel Farage. They probably seldom ever get a chance to smoke anywhere, and so they are probably all de facto ex-smokers.
If she’s still smoking, Claire Fox’s interview with Peter Whittle above would surely have been a perfect opportunity to light up, if it had been conducted in somebody’s home. Is this someone’s private house below?
And I have the same complaint about all the US “alt-right” pundits, like Alex Jones and all the others. None of them smoke either. And none of them ever mention smoking bans.
About the only place you ever see anyone smoking, and talking about smoking bans, is the Smoky Drinky Bar, where I will be at 10 pm tonight.