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We need to look forward. Let’s start with electoral reform

This is not a great day, the referendum is over. Remain lost. We can put away our posters, our hyperbole and our support for George, Dave and Jeremy. There is work to be done.

Perhaps more clear than a desire to leave the European Union. The result and accompanying commentary illuminates the stark divisions in our society. This was not just a no to the EU, its rules, and its immigration policy, it was a slap in the face of the political establishment. Yet the decision will not be an easy one to reverse, if possible at all. The recurring position of the EU was that out is out, to conspire through political back channels to return us to the union would be undemocratic and illiberal. Perhaps the only situation where this is possible would be if an election was called by the new Conservative leader before the activation of article 50, and the winning party stood on a manifesto on returning. Even still it is unlikely and our efforts would be better spent on working for a liberal, outward looking Britain moving forward than undermining the British public. 52% of such a large turnout is a mandate greater than that of most sitting governments.

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  • User AvatarKay Kirkham 21st Jul - 10:29am
    I like Bournemouth as a place but I agree with John. It's a long way from Yorkshire!
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 21st Jul - 10:28am
    @Michael 1 "vote share is the most widely used comparison by independent observers which I would suggest rather negates the line of a gloss put...
  • User AvatarRoger Billins 21st Jul - 10:05am
    It is annoying and stupid to stay our vote held up at Bury, at 3%. This is not a propaganda sheet aimed at children. With...
  • User AvatarP.J. 21st Jul - 9:41am
    @Callum Robertson I am not aware of any poling been done and that is why I said IMO. MO comes from knocking on hundreds of...
  • User AvatarFiona 21st Jul - 9:35am
    Alex, I get what you are saying, and yes, what Labour did was far more damaging, and it isn't accurate or fair to say we...
  • User AvatarP.J. 21st Jul - 9:27am
    @Wera 'using the empty houses 'we’ve' already got' When did my property become jointly owned. Since when did the LibDems endorse taking private property into...