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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 07:38 AM Jun 2021

From The Guardian: 'The case for Brexit was built on lies. [View all]

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Five years later, deceit is routine in our politics. written by Will Hutton

from article: After five years, the biggest casualties of Brexit are in plain sight. Integrity and decency in public life are crumbling. Because so much of the case for Brexit is false, the political modus operandi of the Brexiters, now dominating our political culture, has become a refusal to accept responsibility for mistakes, overclaiming, deceit and sometimes outright lies to justify the unjustifiable. Once the electorate can no longer trust what they are told, democratic debate is denied. We have been robbed of a core right of citizenship.

It is a form of coup, but with a cloud of nationalist hyperbole disguising the threat to parliamentary democracy. To hold power, or challenge it, in a democracy requires continual argument and discussion, the precondition of which is a commitment to truth-telling and a shared acceptance of facts, however differently they may be interpreted. Trash those preconditions and we inevitably slide into a universe of division and distrust impervious to rational argument. We are all belittled.

It is as the Brexit right wants. Brexit has given it a cause and a political coalition that leaves it more firmly in control of power than at any time since peak Thatcherism. It is not only partisan rightwing policies – from the impending assault on public service broadcasting to the criminal failure to provide the additional teaching to compensate for Covid-induced teaching losses – it is the gerrymandering that favours the Tory interest.

Voter suppression; rendering the Electoral Commission even more toothless; ensuring all trustees and chairs of public bodies are Conservative; weakening judicial review; abolishing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act; eliminating any proportionality in the voting system for mayors; not accepting the doctrine of ministerial accountability. And all couched in a language of defiant nationalism so that critics can be dismissed as unBritish friends of the foreigner and outriders for wokedom.

Will Hutton is an Observer columnist'


Some snipping has occurred. This is a long, worthwhile read that supports my own understanding
of all things Brexit.

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An important case studies. Hope the courts step up here - as they did last year. empedocles Jun 2021 #1
KNR and bookmrking. niyad Jun 2021 #2
They all got the same playbook at the same time. And the worst is that it worked. Scrivener7 Jun 2021 #3
I hate to day "I told you so." But I told you so. nt joetheman Jun 2021 #4
i wonder what part rw radio plays in rural areas there. it still works pretty well here, altho certainot Jun 2021 #5
Democrats need to Elessar Zappa Jun 2021 #7
Yes, I've thought the same for quite awhile.. whathehell Jun 2021 #11
The only strong messaging the democrats have is the Lincoln Project. Jetheels Jun 2021 #13
Interesting thought. whathehell Jun 2021 #16
I have not seen much either recently so I looked up Lincoln project, here's a link if interested... Jetheels Jun 2021 #20
it would be very easy now with artificial intelligence to do a thorough monitoring certainot Jun 2021 #22
The Same People Who Were Behind This GB_RN Jun 2021 #6
Yes! Malcolm Nance said as much Beatlelvr Jun 2021 #12
Yep! zaj Jun 2021 #14
Yes, and I always understood that Russia was behind Brexit. ananda Jun 2021 #18
"Trash those preconditions..." William Seger Jun 2021 #8
The parallels to America are stunning. TheRickles Jun 2021 #9
Putin's Effort To Breakup The Western Alliance of Democracies zaj Jun 2021 #15
It is odd that none of this surprises us - yet it continually fools them. Same with the tea party. NewHendoLib Jun 2021 #10
Time for Scotland and Northern Ireland.... paleotn Jun 2021 #17
My spouse said that he felt betrayed LittleGirl Jun 2021 #19
Fucking repugs are everywhere......nt Hotler Jun 2021 #21
Kick dalton99a Jun 2021 #23
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