Why Remoaners are so terrified of a General Election

These anti-democrats fear the judgement of the people. And they’re right to fear it.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill

Topics Brexit Politics UK

The ridiculousness of the ‘Stop the Coup’ movement is now starkly exposed. For the past week a few thousand members of the obsessively anti-Brexit urban elites have taken to the streets to accuse Boris Johnson of behaving like a dictator by suspending parliament for a few more days than is normal. ‘It’s a coup d’état!’, they hysterically cry. And yet now our supposed dictator, the author of this foul, anti-democratic coup, is offering people a General Election, and how have the ‘Stop the Coup’ saps responded? By saying they don’t want one.

What a momentous self-own. They have literally traipsed through the streets saying ‘Britain is a dictatorship’ and ‘Boris has stolen our democracy’. Now, Boris hasn’t only disproven this claptrap (dictators don’t usually suggest holding an election). He has also helped to expose the fact that if anyone is agitated and even disgusted by the idea of democracy right now, it isn’t the imaginary jackbooted generals of Downing Street – it’s the pseudo-democratic Remainer elite.

All of them are running scared from the idea of a General Election. Labour has made clear that it will not be backing the call for an election, at least not until No Deal Brexit has been legally taken off the table. ‘We are not going to dance to Boris Johnson’s tune’, said Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer this morning when asked if the party would back Boris’s General Election proposal in parliament later today. An election on Boris’s terms would be a ‘trap’ for Labour, he said.

Jo Swinson, leader of the Lib Dems, is against an election too. And her justification is very revealing indeed. In the Commons she said ‘It is vital that this House acts with responsibility and does not tip our country into an election at a point when there is any risk that we will crash out of the European Union during that election campaign or immediately after.’ With added emphasis she declared: ‘We must act responsibly.’

This implicit contrasting of the responsible nature of the Commons and the apparent recklessness and craziness of engaging the public sums up the Remainer discomfort with having a General Election. What Swinson and others are essentially saying is that the political elite, being rational and wise, must oversee the Brexit process right now. We cannot ask the pesky people for their opinions. Some of those ghastly plebs passionately support Brexit, after all, and some are even favourable towards a No Deal Brexit. To the anti-democratic Remainer elite, it is public engagement, the scourge of democracy, that got us into this mess in the first place – so the longer we can put off another vote, the better.

These politicians loathe the idea of an election for two reasons. First, they want to try to keep Brexit, and the crushing of it, as the business of the political class alone, for as long as they can. And secondly, because they fear the judgement of the people. They fear our verdict on their behaviour, on their depraved agitations against the democratic will over the past three years. They fear what we will say about that vast bulk of them who okayed the holding of the EU referendum, promised to respect the result of the referendum, and stood in the 2017 General Election on manifestos that plainly said we would leave the EU, and yet who have backtracked on all of that and now devote their energies to stopping Brexit. They fear hearing what we really think about the lies and deceit and other authoritarian activities they have engaged in over the past couple of years.

And they are right to fear it. People are angry. They are alarmed to have discovered since the vote for Brexit just how patrician and dishonest our political class is. And now these politicians who crow unconvincingly about saving democracy do not want to submit themselves to the democratic test of a General Election, at least not without some strict conditions attached. Little do they know that their fear and dread of seeking the public’s approval only confirms to us that this is one of the most dishonourable and unprincipled political elites of modern times.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Eric Blair

8th September 2019 at 7:33 am

Another ludicrous assertion from Mr O’Neill. Of course Labour, LIb Dem and (especially) the SNP want an election. But everyone knows the only reason Boris proposed it last week was to allow no deal through. All this faux outrage is ridiculous.

Jane Carter

8th September 2019 at 10:10 am

Yes he thinks the electorate might support him. If he won an election prior to Oct 31st he would have an instruction from the electorate to ‘allow’ a no deal to go through on that date.
Heaven forbid that the voters should have a say in this way!

Jerry Owen

9th September 2019 at 5:25 pm

E Blair
Are you telling me politics is partisan… whatever next !!

Marvin Jones

10th September 2019 at 11:44 am

No further proof needed, that you and your cowardly remainer mob of traitors are terrified of the power of the real people’s votes on a no deal Brexit, just to stick your tyrannical noses in the sewers where they belong.

Edward Danczak

13th September 2019 at 4:21 pm

Litigation seems to be the order of the day, well, Civitas have just written this up. It should make everyone cringe with embarassmnent that we have allowed our politicians to happily behave unlawfully by denying an election thereby keeping themselves in power, the same generation of politicians busy in the expenses scandal still havnt learnt any lessons:

The UK signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, a document that succinctly explains why elections matter. Article 21 (3) says:

‘The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.’

The UK also signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1976. Article 25 says that ‘every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity … to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives … and to vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors’.

The majority in Parliament is preventing the Article 21 ‘will of the people’ from being expressed and denying the Article 25 ‘free expression of the will of the electors’.

The UK played a central part in framing these documents and until recently parliamentarians did not need to have their noses rubbed in human-rights declarations to get them to see where their duty lies. But today, a narrow and shameless majority dominates.

SNJ Morgan

8th September 2019 at 3:48 am

What should be absolutely clear to everyone (outside of the M25 bubble) is that Corbyn has zero credibility left (if he ever had any).

Once supposedly as anti-EU as Farage himself, he’s now a ‘Remainer’ for political expediency alone.

Nobody in their right minds would vote for him – ever.

SNJ Morgan

8th September 2019 at 3:32 am

Unfortunately, I gather Dominic Cummings is very anti-Farage, so an election may not deliver what the people want anyway.

Why he is anti-Farage and the Brexit Party I don’t know, but for supposedly being the brains behind Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy, he isn’t showing a lot of common sense here. The Tories MUST have Farage and the Brexit Party on board – it’s simply a must.

We can only hope that behind the scenes talks are underway.

gor ben

7th September 2019 at 1:05 pm

I am a little tired of reading about elitism and political classes. The British are consumed by class and it is often used as a weapon of no consequence. To have an view on the subject of brexit means being tainted by commentators with simplistic arguments and patronising opinions of belonging to an elite does elite have a value? I would argue elite is a pejorative term usually associating itself to class based insults. This brexit argument seems to have divided and made arguments on both sides more heightened by defamatory descriptions of opposing views. This is now the new divide and makes class arguments meaningless. If the arguments are less confrontational an understanding of the problems will eventually resolve themselves but I fear its going to take a generation and a lot of wasted time and discussion.

SNJ Morgan

8th September 2019 at 3:56 am

You mean like Remainers calling Brexit voters thick, uneducated, racist little Englanders?

Willie Penwright

7th September 2019 at 7:31 am

In today’s Guardian, a columnist – can’t remember which one – bemoans why “people often go against what seem, on paper, to be their best interests.”
Maybe the stupid people just don’t read the [news]paper where their best interests are tirelessly explained or, heaven forbid, reject that view.

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