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Jonathan Friedland had some interesting observations as to the extraordinary events in Parliament in September of 2019, especially about the courage and self sacrifice of the Tory rebels. But his conclusion is concerning:
At stake are the fundamentals of our democratic system: whether our elected parliament is sovereign, whether our rulers are bound by the law. Why do Cummings and Johnson think they can get away with it? Perhaps they saw last month's poll, showing that two-thirds of young voters approve of "strongman" leaders prepared to defy parliament, while a quarter believe democracy is a bad way to run the country. Or perhaps they reflect on how they won the 2016 referendum. That victory was won not during a few weeks of summer campaigning, but after three decades in which the very idea of Europe had been attacked relentlessly.

When you consider how MPs, Westminster, even politics itself, have been mocked and derided for so much longer, perhaps the Downing Street duo believe they can win again. Except this time their target is our democracy itself.

I had thought the chief constituency for Brexit was older voters. Was the poll to which Friedland referred an outlier or did it contain some systematic flaw?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 07:13:10 PM EST
The poll was run for campaigning Conservative Party think-tank Onward. The full report (or rather presentation)is here, and quite interesting in many ways. Worth a scroll through.

The responses to questions on democracy and authoritarian government are surprising. There may be a methodological flaw, maybe not. Possibly this reflects frustration with Theresa May and her long argy-bargy with Parliament, which may to younger voters appear totally out of touch (are they wrong?).

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 11:40:05 AM EST
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From the Onward paper: "Hanbury conducted an online smartphone poll of 5,073 people in a representative GB sample between 21 and 29 June 2019."

So the results are based on the differences between the election May called and the vote for the European Parliamentary election in May, 2019. For starters it is not an apples to apples comparison.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 03:12:08 PM EST
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It's an apples to androids comparison?
[sorry. Smartphone poll]

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Sep 16th, 2019 at 10:21:08 AM EST
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