pilgrimage wrote:Frank_Butcher wrote:CJH wrote: Little bit off subject in my last post
Submitting the future of the country to a referendum of such a complex subject with a straight yes/no answer is nieve, to say the least. It was at best no more than an opinion poll, with the only significant interpretation being that the nation is divided about the benefits of being a member, without providing any details as to why. It is therefore, preposterous that Cameron should use the result to claim the people have spoken and the sooner he leaves the better.
A referendum of the people is simply that. Everybody in one box - one result. It is a way of life in countries like Switzerland and works well for them.
And anyway, I didn't notice many people questioning the legitimacy of the process before the event. In the end people had the opportunity to vote and the ones who couldn't be bothered are the same people shouting loudest now.
Furthermore, had Cameron ignored the will of the majority, how legitimate would that be ?
As a result of their arrangement the Swiss are more politically astute. Whereas the political intelligence of the average Briton is questionable. Also they vote on one particular subject not on a subject which has so many intricacies and open to so many lies and scares.
I believe that if the BBC were able to broadcast common sense rather than trying to portray balance the referendum result would have been different.
Don't get me wrong I have accepted the result and the likes of Boris can now try and sort out the mess.
I think the result in essence needs to be recognised and respected, but as you point out 'what does Brexit actually mean?' In real terms. I have a much different interpretation of how Brexit should be implemented to my Dad - both of us voted out. The only real way to resolve this is to have another general election where parties can put forward their view on how they would implement Brexit. This would open up Brexit to be influenced by the people who voted for and against it and the different things Brexit could represent.