5 Million Petitioners Versus 17.4 Million Voters Isn’t An Increasing Remain Majority President Tusk

It would appear that one of the Presidents – as with French governments in the Fourth Republic and unlike buses there’ll be another along in a moment – of the European Union, Donald Tusk, is either unable to count or is ignorant of the basic method of democracy. But then EU President and democracy isn’t a mix we’re likely to see in a lifetime, is it? For his contention is that 5 million people – including, according to reports, 800 Idi Amins – signing a petition to Remain is an increasing majority over 17.4…

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No Way There Were 1 Million On The Peoples’ March – 300,000 Maybe

So another Remain number and assertion bites the dust. All of which does rather beg the question of whether they’re right on the Big One – that Britain should stay in the European Union. Their claim that there were one million on that Peoples’ March over the weekend is now proven to be hot air:

Impartial fact checkers Full Fact carefully examined their claim that one million people attended their march on Saturday, finding that “experts in crowd estimation put the number at between 312,000 and 400,000.”

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Cancel Brexit Petition 14 Million Signatures Short

That a rather large number of Britons don’t understand this democracy experiment is obviously true given the number who keep insisting we shouldn’t leave the European Union. Well, OK, insisting that it’s all a mistake is obviously compatible with democracy – electing Jezza PM would be a mistake but it would be democratic after all. But that a large number wish to overturn something we’ve already had a referendum about, that is indeed to be missing the point of the experiment, of having the properly counted vote in the first place.…

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The Young Won’t All Vote EU Remain In The Future

One argument floating around the septic tank that is British politics is the idea that the young are more pro-EU than the old. Something which is true as the inexperienced and ill educated are more likely to be wrong about things. But what happens when they grow older? Will they age into the proper attitude of hating the EU? Or is the country doomed to rejoin driven by their delusions?

Fortunately, this has been studied:

The future of pro-EU sentiment in the UK
Barry Eichengreen, Rebecca Mari, Gregory Thwaites 05 November 2018

In the UK’s 2016 referendum on EU membership, young voters were more likely than their elders to vote Remain.…

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Sure We Can Stop Brexit – But Do We Want To?

We’ve a piece in The Guardian telling us that we can in fact stop Brexit if we’d like to. This is a statement of the bleedin’ obvious of course, sure we can stop it. Parliament votes to stop it and it’s stopped. There would be a certain embarrassment at going to Brussels to point out that it was all a bad idea, a little national mindburp but sure, it could be done.

That’s not the question at all, it’s whether we want to do it:

But for remainers to give up on the campaign to stop Brexit would be wrong on principle, and practically ineffective.

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The Brooks Hatlen Problem

The Brexit result keeps reminding me of one of my favourite films – The Shawshank Redemption.

And the Remainers are starting to remind me of one of the characters.

The scene where poor old Brooks Hatlen, incarcerated for most of his adult life and institutionalised beyond redemption, considers with terror his impending parole and what it means for him.

That feeling he had of “What do I do now?” clearly resonates with Remainers very strongly.

Whereas I think of it quite differently, as the feeling of freedom – the mixture of hope and uncertainty that Morgan Freeman’s character Red speaks of on his bus ride to the Mexican border.…

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