Our Gubmint is shocked.
Shocked and stunned.
The Morons of Merrion Street cannot believe that so many people defied their referendum and voted no.
In their cosy little world, referendums are very straightforward – they tell us their wishes; they spend our money explaining to us why their wishes are the best and we then go out and vote in whatever it is that they want. Easy peasy.
Unfortunately for them, there are still some people around who remember that good old artefact from history called democracy. Those people remember the glory days of yesteryear when a referendum meant going out and voting yes or no according to the people’s wishes and [horror of horrors!] the gubmint actually accepting the will of the people.
Alas, our gubmint only remembers the new style democracy where the gubmint tells the people how to vote and the people vote that way. If by some amazing freak of nature the people vote against the gubmint then it simply runs the referendum again until the people get it right.
They are talking about setting up a permanent referendum commission. Presumably this body’s function will be to decide how we vote and to make sure we vote that way. They will probably simplify things and just let the commission vote on our behalf, thereby cutting out the possibility of the people getting things embarrassingly wrong.
They are finally learning the lesson from Brussels. If the old style democracy were allowed, Lisbon would have failed. If the old style democracy were allowed, the EU would more than likely cease to exist. Old style democracy cannot be allowed as the people don’t know what’s good for them.
New Democracy is the way forward. Let the gubmints decide the will of the people.
Welcome to the Brave New World.