Should the UK leave the European Union?

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Re: Should the UK leave the European Union?

Post by Dolphin42 » December 7th, 2016, 5:43 am

Burning ghost:

Would you say that the only "actual Democracy" is direct Democracy? Is Representative Democracy not also a form of actual Democracy? It seems to me that there is no obvious, objectively existing dividing line between the two. The extent to which the public delegates decision making to elected representatives is a matter of debate, with no clear right answer.

On the referendum: It was agreed by act of Parliament (and therefore agreed by our elected representatives) that a single referendum would take place. That referendum has now happened. If we then decide we're going to have more referendums to decide on details, how far are we going to take that?



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Just call it "campaign rhetoric". Seems to work.

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Re: Should the UK leave the European Union?

Post by Burning ghost » December 7th, 2016, 10:03 am

As an example let us look at th Iraq war. If the public could have force the government in th UK to put it to the national vote then the UK may have never been invloved.

For me democracy is about the people of a nation being able to legally petition the government and demand a national vote. This not only put more responsibility on the government to inform the public about its decisions, but adds political resppnaibility to the people.

In Switzerland the people can start a petition and if they get enough people to sign in within a certain perios of time then the vote has to go national.

The western world puts on this pretense of "fighting for democracy", but to me many forms of "democracy" are undemocratic.

Someone listed the meaning of "fascism" on this forum. The US, an apparent "democracy" just happened to tick the majority of these boxes.
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Re: Should the UK leave the European Union?

Post by Dolphin42 » December 8th, 2016, 4:43 am

Burning ghost:
As an example let us look at th Iraq war. If the public could have force the government in th UK to put it to the national vote then the UK may have never been invloved.
I presume you would regard that as having been a good thing. Especially with the benefit of hindsight. But what about other issues? Take the death sentence. Last time I looked, the majority of the UK population were in favour of bringing back capital punishment for some serious crimes. But the majority of elected representatives are against it. Possibly that's a good thing? As a member of the public, when I read news of the latest heinous violent crime it's easy for me to say "string him up!" and then return to my daily life. I think it might be a good thing that the actual decision is in the hands of people who have to consider the consequences for a bit longer than 5 seconds.
For me democracy is about the people of a nation being able to legally petition the government and demand a national vote. This not only put more responsibility on the government to inform the public about its decisions, but adds political resppnaibility to the people.

In Switzerland the people can start a petition and if they get enough people to sign in within a certain perios of time then the vote has to go national.
It depends what you mean by "the people of a nation". Obviously you don't mean all the people - just a large vocal subset. In that case, we have the question of how many signatories the petition has to garner in order to automatically prompt a national referendum.

To me, that's not what democracy necessarily is. I agree with public votes on broad matters of principle, such as whether the country is run according to the principles of what we sometimes label as "the left" (relatively high taxation and strong public services) or "the right" (low taxes and an emphasis on the power of markets). But for people, whether politicians or public, to vote on issues that require specific knowledge it seems obvious to me that the specific knowledge has to have been aquired before a meaningful vote can be cast. That's why we have the concept of representative democracy. We hire representatives to consider the details and we vote for them, or for their opponents, based on the broad principles, or philosophies, that (we hope) underpin their specific decisions.
The western world puts on this pretense of "fighting for democracy", but to me many forms of "democracy" are undemocratic.
I think the question of whether it makes sense to wage wars in order to impose democracy is a specific issue that has to be dealt with individually.
Someone listed the meaning of "fascism" on this forum. The US, an apparent "democracy" just happened to tick the majority of these boxes.
I don't think it is true that the US ticks the "fascism" boxes. It's always possible that it could get there, as it is with any other country. And it can be argued that some aspects of President Elect Trump's personality suggest parallels with some previous fascistic leaders. But only some. And perhaps only superficially. And that's a long way from saying that the US is a fascist state. There are plenty of counter-arguments that it is constituted in such a way that it is extremely unlikely to turn into one.

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Re: Should the UK leave the European Union?

Post by Steve3007 » September 5th, 2017, 9:47 am

How do we think it's going so far?

Is the UK continuing its glorious march towards freedom from bureaucracy and self determination? Or is Brexit a slow motion car crash that is swallowing up vast amounts of legislative time and is going to cost us a fortune? Or somewhere in between?

Does anybody who voted for Brexit feel disappointed at all that the £350,000,000 per week for the NHS that we were promised probably won't materialise and instead what we'll got is a bill for trillions?
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Re: Should the UK leave the European Union?

Post by Togo1 » September 5th, 2017, 11:03 am

I'm busy implementing additional bureaucracy required for Brexit. Previously our clients had to comply with EU rules, now they have to comply with UK rules that replace the UK rules, and with EU rules, if they want to do business there.

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Re: Should the UK leave the European Union?

Post by Steve3007 » September 5th, 2017, 11:34 am

Togo: Interesting. Keep us posted on how that's going. I don't know what industry you work in, but that sounds quite far-sighted. The company I work for hasn't even started thinking about it yet.
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