The supreme authority in Britain is not the monarch, the Supreme Court or Parliament, it is the electorate. For example, if Parliament were supreme then they would be able to get rid of an electorate they didn’t like and replace it with one they preferred, but it’s the other way round because Parliament is subordinate to the electorate not vice versa.
All power and authority emanates from the fact that ultimately people voted for it. Without the validation of votes, any judgement would just be an opinion, and every chamber, merely a gang.
Right now a couple of pygmy institutions called the ‘the Supreme Court’ and ‘the House of Commons’ don’t seem to have noticed that the highest authority in the land just declared independence, and are acting as if they actually have the right to approve / interpret / amend the decision. They don’t. The fountainhead of all authority is the vote so any chamber that claims it is legitimate because people voted for its laws or members cannot question our decision without simultaneously denying their own legitimacy.
It’s not just the size of the Brexit vote that makes it unanswerable – it’s the clarity. When voting for our local MP we consider the various candidates, their parties, the leaders of their parties, and a wide range of other issues before sticking our ‘X’ in the box. This yields up a Commons that loosely correlates with the general view. The referendum had no such ambiguities. It was a binary choice – in or out – consequently no body has sufficient mandate to question it.
Some believe laws come into existence once a bill receives royal assent but surely that is just a symbolic act acknowledging a substantive act that hasalready happened. The substantive act being – the vote.
On June 23rd 2016 Britain’s truly supreme authority declared independence. That is now the law and no body may legitimately challenge it.
Some might argue that if the if the government were to trigger Article 50 tomorrow it would be in contempt of court. Maybe that is the case, but by not doing so they are guilty of an infinitely more serious offence: the state is guilty of contempt for the electorate, so big boss man (that’s us) needs to issue a disciplinary and then a sacking. This is how we are going to do it.
First I need to establish the fact that support for independence is actually much greater than 52%. Here’s why:
1, Referenda favour the status quo. Across the world and throughout history it is highly unusual for people to vote for change in a referendum because people are instinctively cautious and tend to favour for the devil they know. That is why in 1973 Heath took us into the EEC without a referendum, one was then held in 1975 and the electorate voted to remain (in what they were told was a free trade area that would not usurp sovereignty). It’s impossible to have a neutral choice in a referendum as there will always be one side that enjoys the advantage of incumbency, whose supporters will be able to loftily dismiss the alternative as unworkable / impossible etc. So defending the status quo was a huge advantage for Remain and their staunchest supporters would concede that if Britain had suspended it’s EU membership and then held a vote whether to remain independent or join the EU, independence would have won by a landslide.
2, Project fear has been buried. Before the vote everyone from Obama to Lagarde to Osborne to Carney swore blind that independence would result in an economic crash. Their hysterical scare stories have been brutally debunked by subsequent events.
3, Remain no longer has the power of political patronage. Before June 23rd the Remain campaign had the entire political establishment behind it, now it doesn’t. If the Labour and Tory parties had assumed their current positionsbefore the vote there would have been no state-sponsored propaganda for Remain (like the £9,500,000 ‘information’ booklet). Additionally before the vote public figures advocating independence were risking their careers by doing so, now they’re not.
4, Thomas Mair. This moron’s disgusting killing of Joe Cox came within a hair’s breadth of changing European history. Before his attack the Remain campaign was imploding:
But after the killing this is what happened to the polls:
He galvanised the Remain campaign, gave them a figurehead who (unlike Cameron) was impossible to dislike, and forced Brexit groups to suspend campaigning (as a mark of respect) as Remain cynically exploited the tragedy for everything they could get out of it. Thomas Mair trashed the independence campaign and handed Remain the political open goal of the century, so let’s all wish him a long and miserable incarnation. I would guess the depravity and timing of his act lost us at least 1% of the vote. But I admit that’s a guess.
5, Before the referendum Remain were confident they were unbeatable. Now the opposite is the case.
6, Many Remainers have sufficient integrity that they would rather see a result they didn’t want respected than live in a sham democracy where only meaningless votes are permitted.
7, Since the vote the EU stopped concealing that it has plans for a ‘Common Defence Policy’ that would see British armed forces put under European command.
8, Since the referendum the economic, demographic and cultural decline of the EU has continued, whilst Britain has prospered.
So we see the conditions of the referendum could not have been more favourable for Remain or less favourable for independence. Given that, it’s reasonable to assume the actual level of support for independence is around 60% and long term we can expect independence to enjoy about the same level of support in Britain that it has in all the other independent countries of the world. Bottom line – if we were ever going to lose this it would have been on June 23rd 2016.
So what is standing in our way? The Supreme Court?
No. The courts are powerless to stop Brexit, they can only send it back to Parliament.
So what is in our way? Parliament?
No. Parliament consists of 2 chambers: the Lords and the Commons and the Lords cannot defy the Commons so we don’t have to worry about them.
So what is in our way? The House of Commons?
No. There 650 MPs in the Commons. Therefore we just need 326 of them to have a controlling majority. So it’s not even the House of Commons we need to worry about – it’s half the House of Commons.
So what is in our way? 326 MPs?
Not even that. 159 MPs voted to leave, so we only need 167 votes for a majority which is just one quarter of the House of Commons.
So what is in our way? Just 167 MPs?
More or less, but it gets even better. The official position of both the Labour and Tory party is to respect the referendum result, and many of those 167 MPs are people like Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, John McDonnell or William Hague who voted remain but who are committed to respecting the result.
Approximately 401 constituencies voted leave to 249 for remain, that means there are at least 242 MPs who voted Remain but whose constituents voted Leave. All we have to do is get 167 of them to respect the wishes of their own constituents and we’ve done it.
But what if they can’t be persuaded to do so?
Simple. We remove them. So long as we use the ‘Richmond Park Technique‘ Brexit is unstoppable.
So what’s the ‘Richmond Park Technique’?
In the recent Richmond Park by-election Remain supporters coalesced around the Lib Dem candidate to oust Zac Goldsmith. Obviously I shed no tears for Goldsmith who is a spoilt baby, but the point is that a Brexit candidate could have won (because we have higher support generally) but the Remain candidatedid win because they lumped their support together whilst ours was split.
Given that about 401 constituencies voted for independence and about 60% of the electorate support it, so long as we employ the ‘Richmond Park Technique’ Brexit is totally unstoppable and there is absolutely nothing any political or legal body can do about it.
MPs are just like the rest of us, if they think they can get away with doing the bare minimum without their boss saying anything the chances are they will. We simply need to make it crystal clear to them that unless independence is swiftly and decisively delivered the next election (7th May 2020) will see a cleansing of Remainers on a biblical scale.
To an extent the Commons gets this already so let’s presume that Brexit will happen in some form by the next election, but that it will be a dog’s dinner of a deal with all sorts of unacceptable conditions being placed on it (like ‘transitional arrangements’ free movement or continued payments to the EU). The chances are that by the next election independence will be work in progress so this is how we deliver the coup de grace…
1, At all times be upbeat about independence. Don’t openly speculate about “will it will ever happen?” because that invites defeat.
2, Join UKIP. I appreciate that lots of people have misgivings about them, and that we dont really know whether it will become more libitarian under its new leader; and obviously the merest mention of UKIP induces brain-freezing hysteria … but if you want to live in an independent nation the simplest way to achieve that is to support the ‘Independence Party. Paradoxically if 3 million people joined tomorrow, then we would never have to actually vote for them because the Commons would get the message.
3, In any opinion poll, if you are asked who you will vote for say UKIP even if it’s not true. Again, it’s not about UKIP winning, it’s about winning independence. So long as UKIP poll around 20% they can influence the balance of power, and so long as that is a posibility Labout and the Tories will get on with the job.
5, Boycott the Lord Haw Haw news outlets. If a paper, website or TV channel continually pumps out fear, defeatism and pessimism, don’t click on them, pay for them or buy anything they advertise.
6, Boycott those who support Remain like Virgin and the BBC. Support those who supported independence like Dyson and Weatherspoons.
7, Every day circulate one really good bit of pro-independence propaganda on social media. Taunt the losers.
8, Don’t try to campaign everywhere all at once because then you will become overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. Just concentrate on getting the message to your local MP and clustering support around your most pro-independence local candidate.
9, Start building an email list of local supporters so you have a team in place to swing your next constituency election. Use the list professionally. Don’t send junk emails.
10, Vote for the candidate not the party! Don’t vote Tory because you hate Labour or vote Labour because you hate the Tories. It’s precisely that soap opera duopoly that keeps the whole rotten system in place. Besides Labour V Tory is meaningless – they have the same policies!
Politics is no longer about left or right, it’s about in or out. So don’t be hypnotised into caring whether the Labour or Tory party win the next election. Vote on the basis of what the candidates really believe, nothing else. For example you may be a life-long Tory, but if Frank Field, Gisela Stuart or Dennis Skinner is your local MP vote for them! Conversely if your local MP is some slime ball like Phillip Hammond who spouts Euro-sceptic mood music but who is obviously insincere HOOF THE GOOF! We will never get anywhere with some fence-sitting career politician leading us!
Here is a link to how each constituency voted in the last election. Use it to plan your tactical voting. I will circulate a revised list once the new boundaries are finalised.
We know we have sufficient numbers to stack the Commons so the only way we can be stopped is if we fail to act collectively. Get the independence vote out just once more, then on the 8th May 2020 we can get back on with our lives safe in the knowledge that we live in a representative democracy once again.
P.S. Here is a handy tip if you are a betting person – go to the bookies and stick some money on Theresa May not winning a majority at the next election. You should still get some decent odds. But bearing in mind the fact that she is making a complete pigs ear of withdrawal the odds probably won’t be as attractive in a couple of months.
By S Handley