Discussing the need that withdrawal from the European Union also affords an opportunity to undertake a series of domestic reforms (FlexCit page 364), states at the outset:
Specifically, this stage confronts the idea that there is little point in recovering
powers from the EU, only to hand them back to the same institutions that gave
them away in the first place. Further, even without EU influence, the UK is an
overly centralised state, so the repatriation of powers from Brussels only for
them to reside in London or one of the other devolved capitals affords fewer
benefits to individual citizens than might be imagined. To a certain extent, the
effect of restoring a degree of “independence” would simply be to swap one
ruling class for another, with very little by way of beneficial effects for ordinary
When FlexCit was published I disagreed completely , believing that Stage 6 (relating to the implementation of The Harrogate Agenda [THA]) was misplaced and should have been Stage 1, or at least run in tandem with Stages 1-5 – a subject on which I have written previously.
At this point, by way of explanation, readers will no doubt allow a digression on my part, in that two basic points need to be made when implementing a plan:
- Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.
- Plans can only be good intentions unless they result in immediate implementation, something which encapsulates hard work.
It cannot be denied that THA was ‘parked’, to be resurrected as an afterthought of Brexit. During my many telephone conversations with Niall Warry, the Director of THA, I asked the question that if the production of FlexCit, together with the formation and running costs of The Leave Alliance, could be ‘crowd-sourced’, then why not THA; to which no acceptable response was received.
Where democracy per se is concerned the electorate only know of representative democracy and have been lulled into believing that this form of democracy is the only one available. As such they are in a state of amnesia, one which is encouraged by a media that has no reason to tell us the truth about anything, whilst serving their corporate masters and our political class, both of whom have other plans to control and dominate us. Remember the words of David Cameron, on the steps of Downing Street in 2010?
…. it is about making sure people are in control – and that the politicians are always their servant and never their masters……
When we consider the word ‘freedom’ it may seem that we have our own plan for how we wish to lead our lives – because they are our lives, are they not? Unfortunately it is not the same as that envisaged by our politicians – who have other ideas; and are allowed to dictate to us through the current flawed system of democracy, which is one of their own making.
Where Brexit is concerned we now suffer a political class, who have decided that leaving the European Union means leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union. That they appear unable to differentiate twixt both begs the question on what is their premise based, coupled with another fact; they appear not to recognise the difference twixt membership of the EU and membership of the political construct of the EU.
When considering the question on the ballot paper in 2016, this then begs the question that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go. Having decided to leave then logic dictates that it is for the people to decide where to go.
That preceding statement does not, in any way, mean that a second referendum is necessary on the decision that our current government has made. It means that had we direct democracy the people would have been able to utilise a method of immediately challenging the strategy decided upon by the prime minister – one who has shown herself to be a ‘Mayniac’.
THA was originally conceived as a means of giving the people a voice over how their nation was to be governed. Unfortunately it now appears that those who seem to have ‘taken over’ what was envisaged as a people’s movement behave no better than those of our political class who wish to dictate our lives, ie they have formed a small clique to do just that.
It is all very well to believe that there is little point in recovering powers from the EU, only to hand them back to the same institutions that gave them away in the first place; what has now become obvious is that it is folly to hand the decision to implement the will of the people back to those who are utterly clueless about the options available in order to rid ourselves of the political construct of the EU whilst also being able to maintain trade with the EU.
Consider, had THA been ‘progressed’, would we be in the situation we now find ourselves? Would we be suffering what are no more than inane comments on twitter by those who know not about the subject matter they tweet? Would we now be at the whim of politicians, the majority of whom have their own agendas? Would we now be facing a situation whereby if May loses the vote on her ‘deal’, which is more than likely, the opposition have announced they would call for a vote of no confidence resulting in a general election; at which time the electorate will be forced to elect one of them, neither of whom know what they are doing?
It has been said that education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. In which case THA should not have been ‘parked’ and the director of that organisation should not have sat back and allowed it to remain dormant.