The 2016 UK Referendum, whether to stay in the European Union, was the largest vote in UK history. 17.4 million people voted “Leave” and it seemed clear that Britain wanted to leave the EU and that this would happen.
The tail wagging the dog
However, we live in an era when the tail wags the dog and when public figures are not ashamed to show that they are poor losers. This may be the price for raising a generation that did not play sports at school. They were not taught how to lose honourably at sport, but like a childish tantrum they stamp their feet until they get their own way. They justify their behaviour by various excuses amounting to “we know better”. There is nothing new about this. Officialdom has behaved in this manner for millennia.
The UK public was soon to discover that the countrywide minority of Remainers had a silent majority of bad losers in the House of Commons to fight their cause and they soon set to work. These Remainers blocked Theresa May’s ineffectual negotiations with the European Union, but when a change of Tory leadership arose after the disastrous Tory losses to the newly formed Brexit Party at the European Elections in June 2019, where the Tories were beaten into fifth place for the first time in its history, the Remoaners complained that about 100,000 Tory members voted for Boris Johnson to be the leader of the Tory Party and thus de facto the Prime Minister.
The irony was lost on these Remoaners and most commentators when these Remainders (sic) wanted the House of Commons to vote for a leader of their own choosing, thus determining a new Prime Minister from among 325 of the 650 MPs, so much fewer than a hundred thousand Tory Party members. It did not happen, however, because this coterie of malcontents could find no unanimity among themselves.
Nor did these numerically-acute Remoaning parliamentarians complain when three judges in England and another three in Scotland resulted in 11 justices in the Supreme Court deciding that Parliament had not been prorogued by Boris Johnson. There was no complaint from them – because this suited their wishes.
Impasse and the General Election
None of these issues sorted Brexit, and after more political manoeuvring, the House of Commons was shamed into voting 438 to 20 for a General Election. How much the Remainers would have preferred the Commons to remain as it was, using their Remain majority to obstruct Brexit further. One by one the arguments they used against a General Election were chipped away by Boris Johnson until they had no more. Their impasse will now be put to the country in a General Election, where it ought to be, when the country will vote on this political behaviour over Brexit.
The General Election – 12th December 2019
A General Election is the only way to break this impasse caused by the moaning Minnies on the green benches of the House of Commons. Even if there should be another hung parliament, which is doubtful, at least voters will know this time for whom they vote, instead of voting for those turncoats who were elected to the last Parliament on Manifestos declaring that they would implement Brexit.
General Elections and Manifestos
This General Election will be determined by Brexit, although it is necessary to have other policies for a five-year parliamentary term. Nigel Farage’s excellent leadership of the Brexit Cause has stumbled by declaring that he would have no Manifesto. After 20 years of campaigning, during which he even boasted that he had not read his own UKIP Manifesto, he should have been able to find a form of words that could have applied Brexit principles to the main areas of public policy. He wanted to concentrate on Brexit, but single-issue parties either sink, like UKIP, or they develop other policies like the SNP, who added to their desire to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom the political policies of national socialism, anti-nuclear unilateralism and a virulent and aggressive anti-Tory polemic which has appealed to a particular type of Scottish voter.
Nigel Farage highlighted and complained that other parties and politicians ignored their Manifestos on Brexit, but this sits uneasily with such disinterest in the whole gamut of Government policies.
The Christian Party
The Christian Party is not a single-issue party and it has policies at the European, Westminster, Holyrood and local council level, and it has Manifestos to this effect.
However, it is a single-minded party, just as other political parties are. Our single mindedness is to have and to develop policies that are consistent with Christian values.
The Christian Party members are few in number, but “there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few” 1Sam 14:6.
Almost 250,000 voters in the UK voted for Christian politicians promoting Christian politics in the 2009 Election to the European Parliament. Imagine what could be done if we could motivate them to come together and work together. The difficulty is that we do not know who they are. If you would like to help then get in touch and email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Nov 2019: BBC Newsnight discussed the absence of Manifestos, such as the successful Brexit Party at the recent European Parliament Election, and sometimes drip-feeding policies throughout the campaign. A new method is tailor-made mini-manifestos distributed through social media for different target audiences, but the final document is essential as the mandate for Government.