Brexit is the Beginning, But a Second Revolution is Required

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On the 23rd June last year, a date that has become enshrined in the history of the British nation, the people of this country voted to leave the European Union in what has proved to be a momentous decision. The media, the politicians and the bankers all denied it was possible, ridiculing those who dared to dream, but dare we did and those dreams came true.

Or have they?

The question now is not whether or not Britain will in fact leave the European Union; politicians on both sides of the house are, for the most part, agreed that the will of the people must be respected. The real question is what will this Brexit look like?

Entrusted to the same old, stale political elite, Britain’s future outside the European Union will look much the same as its history inside. The same injustices that our political elite mostly blame on foreign bureaucrats in Brussels will simply manifest themselves in a slightly different manner.

Wages will remain as low as immigration remains high. The large corporations will continue to cream off the vast majority of Britain’s wealth. The issue of radical Islam will remain unaddressed, as the growing lawlessness of London’s streets becomes entrenched in British ‘cultural’ life. These are not issues that the political elite really care to address, for they in some way benefit from these deeply concerning issues.

Unfortunately, we must face the reality; those who hold power will only use it to preserve and advance the interests of themselves and their immediate interest groups. For the majority of them, that means the wealthy. For others, that means the causes of noisy minorities and shady lobbies. For very few, however, does that mean the ordinary folk of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In order for the interests of those aforementioned peoples to be best served, they require true representatives in the corridors of power. They will never realise their national destiny with somebody else’s representatives, and nor should they trick themselves into believing that this is possible. For instance, it is simply not credible to assert that Jacob Rees-Mogg, as eloquent and often outlandish as he may present himself, is somehow a champion of ordinary folk.

What is required to ensure that the Brexit becomes a true “people’s Brexit” is in fact a second revolution, one that builds upon the foundations laid in that historic vote. Despite allegations of voter apathy, this is not an unrealistic demand, particularly when one considers that the most seismic revolutions of all time occurred not in a single event, but in various events across turbulent political times.

The French revolution for instance was not a single unified event, but a long series of revolutions over the course of a decade. Similarly, the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917 was only the culmination of the earlier revolutions in 1905 and February 1917, as opposed to the spontaneous eruption of popular sentiment that is often recounted by historians.

And it is without doubt true in this case, that the political revolution of June 2016 cannot be the singular, finite event that it is often seen as being, or the entire purpose of the vote will have been for nothing. It is imperative for those Brexit dreams of freedom, sovereignty and nativism to be realised, that there be a second revolution to replace the tired, old political class with true representatives of the people.

Footnote: “Revolution” in this instance should be inferred as political revolution, as opposed to the more unsavoury image of pitchforks and violence that may be conjured.

Economic Socialism & Social Attitudes

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In politics, there are some ‘truths’ that are universally accepted to be self evident. The typically closed minded nature of human beings is never better reflected than in the manifestation of these truths, yet through this we Continue reading “Economic Socialism & Social Attitudes”

Scottish Independence? Go For It!

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It may seem somewhat ironic for a publication entitled “the British observer” to reveal a pro-Scottish independence position and yes, it is with a heavy heart that we would see the union dissolve, yet it would also be with a heart full of hope, hope that England will once again see her time in the sun. For too long the union has been kept up by the national government at Westminster focusing acutely upon the Continue reading “Scottish Independence? Go For It!”

The House of Lords Is Obsolete, It Must Be Dismantled

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The debate surrounding the purpose and continued existence of the House of Lords (HoL) has been reignited in recent weeks after the second chamber voted to amend the government’s Article 50 Bill in order to protect the rights of EU migrants. There have been seemingly hasty calls from Brexiteers to abolish the House of Lords immediately, replacing it with an elected second chamber, but the truth of the matter is that this is long overdue. Continue reading “The House of Lords Is Obsolete, It Must Be Dismantled”

Article 50 Bill: Arguments Opposing EU Citizens Amendment

 

Last night, the British government suffered its first setback of the process to trigger Article 50 (the mechanism by which we formally give notice of our intention to leave the European Union). During the committee stage of the “Article 50 Bill” in the House of Lords, a majority (358 to 256) of peers backed an amendment calling on the government to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU citizens living permanently in Continue reading “Article 50 Bill: Arguments Opposing EU Citizens Amendment”

Brexit Britain: We Need MORE European Immigration

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Throughout the referendum campaign, there was much hysteria whipped up surrounding the issue of European immigration to the United Kingdom and the affect this was having on public services and integration within communities. It is safe to say, however, that this is on point upon which I agree wholeheartedly with our disgraced former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. In a recent speech on the issue of Europe he claimed that we need European immigrants and in any case, it is non-European immigration that many of Continue reading “Brexit Britain: We Need MORE European Immigration”