What an unfortunate time it is for Rosie Cooper MP to invite everyone in West Lancashire to get involved in UK Parliament Week and “have your say” on the issues that matter to you most.
She tells us that “UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival taking place from 2-8 November, which aims to engage people, especially young people, from different backgrounds and communities, with the UK Parliament and empower them to get involved”.
“This is a great opportunity to be part of a thriving democracy, ask questions, think critically and engage with the UK Parliament. Schools, museums, libraries, faith communities and youth organisations representing every constituency across the United Kingdom have already signed up to be part of the conversation. [Might this “conversation” include the much used “Bollocks to Brexit” slogan of the “Liberal Democrats”?]
Rosie said “As Member of Parliament I welcome the involvement of people in West Lancashire during UK Parliament Week 2019. I am determined to ensure that our voters and citizens of tomorrow understand how vital their participation is in our democracy, and I’m excited to see so many schools, uniform organisations and local groups taking part.
Does Rosie really believe this is a thriving democracy, or is that tongue in cheek? Is the denial of the will of the biggest ever vote in this “thriving democracy” democratic?
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said “There are many exciting activities taking place for this year’s UK Parliament Week, including those happening in West Lancashire. “Schools, workplaces and community groups across West Lancashire have a chance to have their say on the issues they care about most. UK Parliament Week is a great way to find out more about the ways to be part of our thriving democracy, be it to vote, campaign, or question their MP”.
On 23 June 2016, the recorded National Referendum result was that the UK voted to leave the European Union by 51.89% for Leave to 48.11% for Remain, a margin of 3.78%. This corresponded to 17,410,742 votes to leave and 16,141,241 to remain, a margin of 1,269,501 votes. A simple majority referendum had declared what the UK wanted.
In her democracy Rosie has always accepted HER election votes, HER simple election majorities, that elected HER to this wonderful thriving and democratic Parliament. Yet last night she abstained from supporting a timetable to bring in what the national majority of 1,269,501 decided. Isn’t that un-democratic of her?
So, as Rosie is “…determined to ensure that our voters and citizens of tomorrow understand how vital their participation is in our democracy” what are we, the voters and citizens of today, to make of it all? More political bullshit? Probably!
Another MP, John Redwood writes
“As I expected yesterday the Commons voted for the Withdrawal Treaty Bill to have a second reading, then voted down the Timetable motion needed to allow further progress on the Bill. Some MPs voted for the Bill, then switched and voted against its early proceeding. They did so knowing the PM has promised we leave, with or without a deal, on October 31.
“In order to leave with this unhappy “deal” the Commons needed to pass all stages by Thursday so the Lords could do the same, to complete the Bill by end October, just 8 days away. The only way forward from here that might deliver a good Brexit on time is to leave on 31 October without signing a Treaty, offering a free trade deal as we leave. I have been trying to get the government to do this for sometime. Maybe more will now see trying to compromise with a Remain Parliament by offering a watered down Brexit does not work”.
In the debate he, John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con) said “There is no such thing as a no-deal exit; if we leave without the withdrawal agreement, there would be all sorts of agreements and arrangements in place. So will the Government do more to tell the country about the 2017 facilitation of trade agreement between all World Trade Organisation members to ensure smooth borders, the government international procurement agreement to allow Governments to transact business, and the customs, haulage and aviation arrangements and agreements, which are all in place. People should stop scaremongering”.