Ruling the mob via bread and circus.
It is a worthwhile question to consider when watching the Brexit drama unfold over the next two weeks. The official version of this process is the British people had a referendum and they voted to leave the EU. The law put March 31, 2019 as the deadline for leaving and Parliament had until that date to work out a deal with the EU. If there was no deal, then Britain unconditionally leaves the EU. A deal to leave slowly and gently, however, would need to pass through Parliament. That was the orderly process laid out for Brexit.
As of this writing, the government of Theresa May has tried several times to get the deal she struck with the EU through parliament. The deal is an insult to the intelligence of the average British subject, so it has failed to get through parliament. The deal she cut is to leave the EU in name only. Britain would continue to allow Brussels to dictate terms on things like regulation, trade and most especially immigration policy. Those rooting for democracy have to be appalled by the craven cynicism of this ploy.
The Commons Speaker, which is like the head parliamentarian, ruled that Theresa May cannot submit her deal for a vote again, unless it is substantially altered, which is an impossibility at this point. That would mean Britain is headed for a hard Brexit at the end of this month. It would also mean that a responsible democratic government would now be moving to inform and prepare the public for that eventuality. Instead, the government is scheming with the EU to delay everything so they can have a second referendum.
Americans are familiar with this gag. Back in the dark days when marriage was linked to biological reality, left-wing agitators would get homosexual marriage initiatives onto state ballots. These initiatives would fail, but the agitators would get them on the ballot again the next election. The Left sees democracy as a bus. Once it takes you to your desired stop, you get off. That means they demand people keep voting on their issues until the people get the correct result. Once that happens, no more democracy.
This is the scheme the “Remainers” have always had in their back pocket. It’s why they have been happy to drag out this process for years, right to the deadline. This week, they will argue that the country is not prepared to meet the legal deadline, so there has to be a delay in the process. Of course, the point of the delay is to then get a second vote setup for later in the year. If that vote goes their way, that’s it. If they lose again, then the whole process begins anew as they scheme to undermine the results.
Again: the one thing to keep foremost in mind about Brexit is the same as with Trump’s Big Beautiful Wall: ain’t gonna be none. The Power, here and there, has no intention of ever allowing such things to come to pass. Though they’d prefer to remain hidden behind the curtains quietly keeping the Great And Powerful Oz Show in Ordnung, they’ll step out and flex their real muscle if and when they must.
Unfortunately, such overt action to put the peasantry back in its proper place will eventually create problems for The Power, as folks slowly come to realize that their votes mean nothing, that self-government is a disgraceful sham. Then Da Peepul do one of two things: they either give up completely with a shrug, or they get pissed right the fuck off. With the docile, stump-broke Brits, it’s a depressingly easy guess which way they’re most likely to jump. On this side of the pond the question is still open, if only just barely.