Going rogue

An email arrived late on Wednesday evening. I won’t say who it was from as I think it may have been one of those fake things with a sneaky virus in the attachment, but the premise was that I was being asked to support a petition: “Boris Johnson MP: Revoke article 50 before parliament is prorogued”. (note lack of caps on article and parliament).

I could be wrong and it might be kosha, but the target of just 100 signatures was not exactly ambitious. Let’s face it, 100 names is not a petition, it’s a wedding list.

But how fitting that on the very day that Boris Johnson pulled the proverbial rug out from under the no deal naysayers, prompting Corbyn – seemingly oblivious to the hypocrisy – to accuse him of a smash and grab on democracy, someone out there should call for Article 50 to be revoked.

That will be the same Article 50 that so many of our elected representatives, including Jezza, agreed to (more than 100!) in the knowledge that the default position of not reaching a withdrawal deal would be to leave with no deal.

For wee Nicola Sturgeon up at SNP Towers, the situation may be far from fandabidozy, but the Jimmy Krankie lookalike is nothing if not an opportunist and this presents yet another excuse to bring out the independence referendum chestnut.

Not that she needs an excuse, but before this “he looked at me funny” was looking like her most credible option to push for a new vote.

And why are they wetting their kegs? Because Boris did exactly what he said he would (a first for politicians and certainly for Boris) while at the same time and true to form not really doing anything at all. With Parliament due to be in recess anyway, the number of working days which will be missed by this suspension is a massive four. Hardly the constitutional outrage Speaker John Bercow – the little man with a big big voice – is claiming.

When it comes to constitutional outrage, Mr Pot, meet Mr Kettle!

I don’t particularly care for Boris Johnson. Apart from New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Mhairi Black (who is utterly wasted in the SNP) I don’t particularly care for most politicians, but what I do particularly care about is how the word ‘democracy’ is being perverted by a sizeable proportion of the people (yes Ken Clarke, Kier Starmer, Yvette Cooper et al, I mean you) who are supposed to uphold it for the rest of us.

Democracy? It died on March 29.

Some things really are just black and white with no shades of grey. The referendum result should have been the end of who voted remain or leave and from that moment it was everyone’s duty, in and out of the Houses of Parliament to make that happen – take note Lib Dems.

As for the “but what type of Brexit do you want” argument, if parlimentarians had a probem with a no deal Brexit they shouldn’t have passed Article 50, which is very clear on the consequences of not reaching a deal by the deadline,

Instead there has been more than three years of bickering and sour grapes from people who do not deserve their positions of power.

If the only way to deliver on the biggest democratic exercise in modern times is to play as dirty as them, well with much sadness I’m OK with that.

Because the remainiac and no-no dealer alternative amounts to insurrection and it’s staring us in the face right now.

I voted remain and it’s something I’ve regretted doing since the moment my X went in the box. It was an act of pure cowardice and I am ashamed of myself, even though the result brought some relief, albeit unexpected.

It’s not that I am against working closely with our European partners and I hope that whatever trade deal we do eventually reach will be close to the partnerships envisioned when the Common Market was created.

The problem for me was when unelected bureaucrats decided to begin empire building.

Empires throughout history all have one thing in common. They fall. It may take a while, but it’s inevitable.

At least we were realistic enough to dismantle the British Empire ourselves over the past 70 or so years. I think we’re probably the exception to the rule on that one.

But the EU – not Europe – the EU as a brand and in particular the European Commission, is hell-bent on creating a new administrative bloc including an army.

I don’t understand how any of us would want to be press-ganged into that.

Edward Case

Columnist