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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 AvatarKatharine Pindar 17th Nov - 6:59pm
    Hi, Peter, it seems to me that a majority of the British people probably doesn't want to join the Euro, and I understand (I think!)...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 17th Nov - 6:52pm
    Nice one, Katharine, lass !!! Tha's so sharp tha'll be bahn to cut thiself. One of the few redeeming features in the dark days at...
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    Dave Orbison 29th Jun '17 - 6:24pm Much as I loathe the Tories, I was not upset to see LD's go into coalition with them....
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    The last thing it needs is a 'big gesture'. Whatever happens has to be measured, proportionate and most of all just (a lot to ask...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 17th Nov - 6:17pm
    @ Katharine, I've always thought " that people voted to leave or remain for a variety of complex reasons". You and I aren't , perhaps,...
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    frankie 30th Jun '17 - 7:31am That's absurd to say the LibDem Tory Coalition was a disaster. Far from it. The LibDem's tethered the Tories...