Friday 1 July 2016
Letters to the editor: Don’t trigger Article 50 in haste
At the prompting of many of my students and my own conscience, I urge our MPs in Parliament not to support a motion to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. It is within their democratic remit and duty as an MP to vote on whether to initiate that procedure. By voting not to do so, they will keep the UK in the EU.
The non-binding referendum and its slim majority achieved are not adequate grounds for the UK to leave the EU. For such a major decision, it is not acceptable to have matters decided by a small, simple majority.
One of the most important reasons why parliament must take a bold sovereign stand on the outcome of this small-majority advisory referendum is the interests of the young. We know that the Remain and Leave votes divided along the fault lines of age, educational level and geography. There is every reason to urge that the wishes and interests of the young — the younger, more aspirational creators of the country’s future — should be given most weight.
Some say those who could vote but chose not to only had themselves to blame, but those young people might have legitimately thought the people would not betray their future with a Brexit vote. Punishing them with this result is not the right response — the sober judgment of parliament should be on their side.
Prof A C Grayling, New College of the Humanities
Points to note
- This feeble minded neo-fascist is openly advocating a system in which the votes of different people are given different weight. A bit like "All the animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" perhaps?
- This logically challenged 'professor' is saying that many young didn't vote because they thought the vote would go their way anyway. Several problems with that, which I'm sure he will have difficulty grasping:
(a) He gives no evidence for that post-hoc explanation
(b) Even if it were true, what about the corresponding position being taken by the other side? Perhaps there were a load of Brexiters that didn't vote because they too thought they were going to win anyway?
(c) Or what about yet another group of Brexiters that didn't vote because they thought they had no chance of winning?
I think Mr. Grayling needs to take a Democracy 101 course at some 6th form college, to grasp what the whole point of democratic voting is, and how it necessarily rests on somewhat arbitrary fundamentals.