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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

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