Gina Miller and the destruction of democratic equality

Remainers have created a world in which money counts for more than votes.

Brendan O'Neill

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In a true democracy, Gina Miller’s cleaner would have the same political power as Gina Miller. The person who scrubs and polishes Ms Miller’s no doubt palatial home would have the exact same democratic right as Miller herself to determine how the nation should be governed. In every other area of life – business, consumption, the dinner-party circuit – Ms Miller would wield far greater influence than her cleaner, of course. We still live in a world in which the moneyed and the well-connected get to mingle with the powerful and wrap themselves in luxury in a way most people can only dream of. But democracy is – to use a famous word from English history – the great leveller. It brings Ms Miller down to the level of her cleaner. Their power is equal, their vote is equal.

This is the wonderful thing about democracy. It draws everybody into the political sphere as equals. This energises public life by ensuring that the beliefs and passions and concerns of all sections of society, including the poorest, are invited into the mix. Democracy is the great guard against atrophy and self-interest in the political sphere, and the great guarantor of equality in society. This powerful equalising dynamic has been celebrated by democrats for centuries. It is written on the wall of St Mary’s Church in Putney in London where the Levellers and others in the New Model Army met in 1647 to discuss England’s democratic future. ‘The poorest he that is in England hath a life to live as the greatest he’, it says, quoting Colonel Thomas Rainsborough.

But now, this principle is being ripped apart. The Remainer elite is creating a world in which some votes count for more than others; in which the rich get to shape the political future above the heads of the rest of us; in which the ‘poorest he’ can be silenced by the ‘greatest he’. Gina Miller’s cleaner no longer has the same democratic rights as Gina Miller – and Gina Miller herself, through her various anti-Brexit, anti-democratic legal cases, has helped to bring this dire situation about.

Behold the current sight of Ms Miller using the highest court in the land – the Supreme Court – to try to strike down Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament in order that MPs might continue to thwart and possibly even kill Brexit. How is it that she has more political power not only than her cleaner but than the rest of us to determine the future of Brexit and of the nation itself? Because she is rich; because she can afford it; because Remainers are creating a world in which money matters more than votes.

Let’s be honest about this: there is something awful about the sight of Ms Miller and her equally wealthy backers and cheerleaders using their financial muscle to try to prevent the enactment of the largest act of democracy in UK history. Their claims that they are only bringing court cases in order to preserve the constitution (as Ms Miller argued when she successfully challenged the government’s right to invoke Article 50) or to rescue parliamentary democracy from the overreach of the Boris executive (as Ms Miller says about her current Supreme Court case) are utterly unconvincing. Everyone who is involved in these cases has been fanatically anti-Brexit. Ms Miller herself said the vote for Brexit made her feel physically ill. These wealthy members of the capitalist and legal elites are morally and physically repulsed by the thing that 17.4million of us voted for, and so they are using their unequal wealth and influence to stop it from happening. This is more than an attack on Brexit – it is an attack on the principle of democratic equality.

We need to be clear about what the current Supreme Court case is attempting to do. It is not a defence of parliamentary sovereignty against the PM’s apparently authoritarian act of prorogation. No, it is about reopening parliament so that MPs, who are predominantly pro-Remain, can continue frustrating Brexit. Ms Miller and other elitist Remainers know that parliamentarians are their best bet for ending Brexit. These are politicians who have made it clear that they are willing to override the referendum result of 2016 and to renege on the promises made in their General Election manifestos in 2017, which in the case of the Tories and Labour said that they would respect the vote for Brexit. Miller and others want to reopen parliament not out of any love for parliamentary democracy but in the hope that parliamentarians will be successful in their anti-Brexit, anti-democratic endeavours.

As a meme doing the rounds in Brexit circles puts it: ‘Suspending parliament is undemocratic… as it prevents us from overturning the referendum result!’ This is absolutely what the anti-Brexit elite is thinking: that it is outrageous for Boris to freeze parliamentary democracy because it prevents them from overthrowing the largest democratic vote this country has ever witnessed. What is especially alarming about the Supreme Court spectacle is that it is being cheered, or quietly supported, by MPs who over the past fortnight voted twice against holding a General Election. So the Remainer elite silences us – the people – while applauding the empowerment of judges to decide whether proroguing is okay, and by extension whether the Remainer Parliament should be allowed to reconvene and frustrate Brexit. The people are silenced, the elite takes over.

Ms Miller and the media elite fawning over her sum up everything that is rotten in the Remainer elite. Here we have a wealthy businesswoman who gives media interviews while ‘spread across a velvet sofa’ in her private members’ club using her fortune to frustrate the will of the people. And she is cheered on by the disconnected media elite and by out-of-touch politicians who hope that this wealthy individual’s legal machinations will reopen the space for smashing the democratic vote for Brexit.

It is a grotesque spectacle, and it will confirm for many ordinary people just how important Brexit is. Many voted Brexit precisely to disorientate and dislodge the old elites and to allow ordinary people a greater democratic say and real democratic clout. Such a defence of democratic rights and democratic equality is more important now than it has been for decades. The people’s cry for Brexit must win out over the elite’s moneyed, cynical, anti-democratic efforts to bring about a victory for Remain. Gina Miller must be put back on an equal footing with her cleaner.

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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Comments

Michael Walker

28th September 2019 at 12:22 am

A very good piece. I would add something which to my knowledge is never mentioned. When Harold Wilson allowed the first referendum on the Common Market in 1975, nobody thought to lay down what period of time should be allowed before a referendum could be held again on the same subject. A day later? A year laterß Ten years later? Never? A fixed period however, is as necessary for a referendum as for a general election. It haunts the Scottish referendum and has emerged with a vengeance after the second EU referendum. If there were a fixed time between referenda, much of the sting would have been taken out of the result and the argument for a follow up second referendum would have been scotched (‘”by law you may hold a second referendum on this subject only after (eg) 15 years”.) A second, minor point, is that there is clearly a case for scrapping the “special realtionship” Irish-British arrangement whereby Irish citizens resident in the UK may vote in British elctions and vice-versa. I have no doubt that a large majority of Irish citizens resident in the UK voted for remain and I see no reason why they should have been allowed to vote and for example French or Polish or Russian or Australian residents in Britain were not. Finally I hope Cameron’s Fixed Term Act will be abolished, the rule which requires a majority in parliament to decide whether an election may be held or not, rusulting in the preposterous situation we are witnessing of a parliament refusing its own dissolution in order to hamstring the government of the day.

Cedar Grove

27th September 2019 at 7:19 pm

Brexit has forced us to consider the fundamental question: where does political legitimacy lie? It seems to be a stark choice between Parliament, supported by the judiciary, & the people. We used to have confidence that MPs represented us.

Colin Campbell

27th September 2019 at 1:35 am

Gina Mi££er, Tony B£air, John Ma£or, Anna Sub£rey, Michael Hese£tine etc – – are all taking huge lumps of cash to press the pro EU stance.

The police must investigate, not just Treacherous but CORRUPT !

Andrew Thomson

25th September 2019 at 10:03 pm

It really is time someone found out where the constant funding for the remain court cases and publicity is coming from, but an interesting question is raised by this latest impartial (ahem!) intervention by the judiciary! Now that a precedent has been set by the rich elite and the judiciary, in that if you have the funding you can take the government to court and put that government at the mercy of the judges, is that the green light for the multi-nationals and the first step on the road to the part of TTIP that everyone was against?

Noggin The nog

26th September 2019 at 12:02 am

Absolutely agree. It is strange that the source of funds for the Remain group is so difficult to unearth. Miller is little more than a mouthpiece. The real issue is who pays the piper.

Janet Mozelewski

26th September 2019 at 3:02 pm

Exactly. I find it increasingly at odds with the constant scrutiny of the Brexit Party for example.

Steve Gray

25th September 2019 at 5:00 pm

The message of what Gina Miller has been doing is :

‘If you voted Leave, I want you to be disenfranchised’

This might not register with her, or her PR team or allies. But there are 17.4 million people, and doubtless a fair few others, who can see her true colours.

She’s just the latest in that long, long line of autocratric nihilists who think they should be entitled to run Britain – without interfoerence ‘from below’.

Eric Blair

23rd September 2019 at 12:39 pm

For a free speech advocate Spiked has all the appearances of an echo chamber. It’s continual characterization of leave voters as “the people” and remain voters as “elitist’s” falls apart at the first scrutiny. In fact, the leave vote was made up of older conservative voters largely in the South (Essex, Devon, Norfolk, Hampshire all had large leave voting majorities), and disaffected and poorer working class voters from the North and Midlands of England. Remain voters included the vast majority of immigrants and non-white voters, Scots, Irish and Welsh voters (there is evidence that the narrow Welsh leave vote was skewed by older English incomers), as well as the liberal metropolitan types so hated by Spiked and its ilk.
I, like many, many people voted Remain, but have totally accepted the referendum result. What I have not accepted is why or how the idea of leaving the EU morphed into the idea that anything but a no deal leave-taking was invalid and a betrayal of leave voters. No deal was hardly mentioned in the months after the referendum except by a few radical zealots.
No doubt there are a minority of remain voters who would prefer to backtrack on the vote but that is not the view of the majority (leave voters + remain voters who accept the referendum result). What most people want is to leave in good order with a negotiated settlement accepting the genuine difficulties there are in problems such as the Irish border and our need and desire for good trading and community relations with the EU countries. These would be best dealt with by signing a withdrawal agreement and continuing to negotiate the complex web of enmeshment of the last 40 years.

Jonathan Hetherington

24th September 2019 at 2:59 pm

I would never have guessed you voted remain… truthfully remainers are creating a very dangerous scenario. Surely you can see that all you have achieved is the destruction of remaining trust in the political system and the illusion of democracy. What you risk will be all of our necks. I am a a 35 year old, MSc educated ex-soldier and I must say most of the people I have encountered either in the military or out of it want brexit (even the ones who voted remain are now entirely disillusioned with how Parliament and the courts have handled this and want a no deal break). You have made it so any loser can refuse to accept an outcome, what happened to losers consent!

Carlo Guli

25th September 2019 at 9:08 pm

Glad to hear there are sensible people amongst remainers: you are a gracious loser, I haven’t met many!
The possibility of getting out without a deal (WTO terms) was part of the campaign to try and convince us to vote remain, whatever Mr Grieve and others might try to say now with utter dishonesty.
A withdrawal agreement has been voted down 3 times and the Lisbon treaty clearly sets a two year period. Leaving with no deal has been effectively voted for by parliament. Whoever claims we must stay in to avoid a no deal scenario is just looking for excuses to try and revert the process. Besides, further delays will make the economy suffer much more than a no deal exit would. It’s time to stop moaning and get on with it.

Jerry Owen

26th September 2019 at 11:31 am

Eric Blair
Your post doesn’t even begin to stand up.
Brendan has never argued that ‘remain voters are elitists’ , he has made it amply clear many times if you chose to listen that he refers to the ‘elitist remain voters’ such as the comfy white middle classes we see crying on the streets of London, the ‘remain’ politicians, the HOL’s , the media set , the Gina Millers and Blairs etc.
The average remain voter , ie the vast majority have accepted they lost.
It is the ‘remainers’ as mentioned that continue to thwart Brexit that he refers to as the ‘remain elites’.
Hope this helps.. although you know your post is spurious I suspect.

Marvin Jones

21st September 2019 at 11:47 am

I have no problem about the reality of certain people having lots of money, which ever way it has been amassed. BUT! nothing is worse than using that money to destroy even the myth of democracy which the down trodden, plebs, peasants and the unfortunate have as a last resort for fairness. Remember, tomorrow, Miller will still be ugly.

Ven Oods

20th September 2019 at 8:04 pm

I think the anti-Brexiters have become emboldened enough to aim at reversing the referendum result. They may not have started off there, but Parliament’s procrastination and indecision makes them think it’s now possible.

Jerry Owen

20th September 2019 at 11:54 pm

Wow.. we heard it first from you !

Ven Oods

21st September 2019 at 9:40 am

Well… Some of them may always have been on that page, but now it seems to be snowballing.

Trouble McTrouble

20th September 2019 at 7:02 pm

Gina Miller – to put it bluntly – is just yet another element of Project Fear. She hasn’t even got the courage of her own, hardline remainer, convictions and instead has a begging bowl out on a crowd funding page…..thereby ensuring that, whatever way these courts proceedings (and any other filibustering cases she tries to bring), she’ll still be rolling in cash.

Also, let’s not forget, this woman is a MASTER of self promotion. She doesn’t care if she’s the most hated woman in Britain, she firmly clings to the old adage “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” For her, this is true. The remainer faithful, the hardliners that are becoming quite hateful with their actions and speeches (such as the Liberal Democrat (SUCH an oxymoron given their stance on leave) who said that Jacob Rees Mogg should be “hanged, drawn and quartered” because he was pro leave), they will flock to her……she will, no doubt, set up shop in beloved EU HQ of Brussels where she will be feted by the EU elite for her increasingly vitriolic and desperate attempts to thwart leave and keep us in the EU. So yes, I suppose for her – all the traitorous bullock excrement she’s pulling will do her ZERO damage either to her business or her fortune………especially as she’s being funded by fellow remainers and not herself – despite having a husband worth approx. £40 million who could’ve funded it for her. Her own personal net worth is strangely absent from the internet……..

However, I will add here that from what I’ve read on the internet she is a fantastic mum – so people really should leave her children out of it. Kids don’t ask to be born and someone who is horrible in one way, might still be the best parent in the world and their kids adore them so, let’s keep that in mind. Whilst she’s definitely undemocratic, self serving and narcissistic to the wider world – she does love her kids.

Jerry Owen

20th September 2019 at 11:52 pm

I quite enjoyed reading your post .. but fantastic mum.. that is subjective, how much time does she spend with her kids .. don’t forget she has to spend time vomiting before actively courting the establishment..
I would suspect she has nannies .. possibly eastern European !

Trouble McTrouble

22nd September 2019 at 10:18 am

You make good points, but she does seem devoted to her autistic daughterat least, who she had in her first marriage and before she’d begun to ‘marry up’. So whilst you are probably right her most recent children with her third (and wealthiest) husband, I think there’s a genhine closeness with her eldest.

Noggin The nog

21st September 2019 at 8:44 pm

Very good post. Not sure just how much funding Millar has actually rained with crowd funding. Be surprised if it went anywhere close to the actual legal costs. Which raises the question “just who is funding her”? A failed attempt at a law degree from the North East London Poly then a degree in PR does not suggest a “super business woman”…..so again the question is “who is funding her”?
Follow the money.

Trouble McTrouble

22nd September 2019 at 10:07 am

I think the monry is coming fro the EU if not crowd funding. The fact her ow personel net worth is not as easy to find on the internet as her husband’s (I’ve still not located it) is very odd too……I mean I can find out how much Barak Obama’s worth, a past US pfesident, by just googling it. But NOT some small time British business woman? One things that makes me go hmmmmm……

Eric Blair

20th September 2019 at 5:22 pm

Tendentious nonsense. The poor have never had equal access to the courts, then as now. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a fake narrative,

Janet Mozelewski

26th September 2019 at 6:46 pm

The article makes it clear that inequality reigns in all other aspects BUT one person one vote. I know to my personal cost, as do countless others, that the law is used constantly by people with money to oppress those who have none. The fear, heaped on the less well off by the legal representatives of wealthy clients, of racking up ‘costs’ is relentlessly abused meaning that most people simply capitulate.
Which is why, until this ruling, lawyers and their wealthy clients were not allowed to meddle in politics. That is the point.

Michael Lynch

20th September 2019 at 12:02 pm

Now the case has been heard I only hope that the judges take into consideration the political motives of Miller, Cherry and Major before reaching a conclusion. If they don’t and only look at Johnson’s motives then the whole case is untenable.

Trouble McTrouble

20th September 2019 at 7:33 pm

For me with Major it was the rank hypocrisy considering he’d prorogued parliament over the expenses row and that WAS ‘politically motivated’ because he just wanted to avoid all the furor.

Marvin Jones

21st September 2019 at 11:43 am

There is more chance of the donkey getting to the carrot that has tormented him for so long. Being

Noggin The nog

20th September 2019 at 1:01 am

Hello Brendan,
Please can you let me know if my post will be allowed? It was a very polite post and asked simply where the funds for Ms Millars legal actions come from. For some reason your moderators appear to have taken objection to a simple question.

Carl Robinson

19th September 2019 at 10:17 pm

Can see some sense in this article’s argument, except I’m pretty sure that a made a wee donation myself (about a tenner or so) to help fund the legal action Gina Miller sought. So, maybe it wasn’t just her money being used, maybe it was some of us that are actually worried about carte blanche power plays and unchecked politicians doing things without scrutiny.

She’s a lead claimant, you have to have one, and she wasn’t the only one when you consider the other concurrent legal arguments going on (MPs etc.). Yes they probably all have an agenda, but at least it’s being followed legally, not questionably legally.

So I don’t understand this whole ‘Gina Miller is a rich remainer elitist and she’s therefore terrible’ argument. Of course money gives people a bigger platform, it’s precisely why the Leave campaign *accidentally* overspent…

Regardless of one’s own beliefs about the benefits and pitfalls of Brexit, it’s quite lovely actually, to know that the people up top are held to account and they can’t just round around like Henry VIII.

Whether you like the woman or not, her argument has been that parliamentary sovereignty is supposed to be absolute, and that’s exactly what Brexit was allegedly about. So what’s the big deal in actually defending that democratic principle, or is just a case that some people only want it tested and defended to a point, i.e. the point at which their desires are fulfilled.

It’s an all or nothing game – you either want democracy or you don’t, but you can’t pick and choose – no really, it isn’t possible.

Oh by the way, I didn’t say that I was a remainer…

Jerry Owen

20th September 2019 at 8:58 am

Do you believe the result of the referendum should be honoured as we were promised ?
And you gave money to Miller , yet try to tell us you aren’t necessarily a remainer … Pull the other one !

Michael Lynch

20th September 2019 at 11:55 am

What a load of old nonsense. Parliament already had the check and balance in a vote of no confidence, they don’t need Judges to step in. This case is just about a bunch of Remainers trying to thwart a democratic vote. It’s about big money buying off votes. Go twaddle somewhere else.

Rog Laker

19th September 2019 at 5:51 pm

“Money counts for more than votes”? Surely not. In the name of ‘democratic equality’ not to mention journalistic balance I look forward to the next erudite contribution to the debate extolling the virtues of the contribution of one A. Banks (great name, that, in the context) to our representative democracy – or rather, with his cronies A. Nix and D. Cummings, the corruption and sabotage of it.

Richard Smith

19th September 2019 at 5:29 pm

I’m no fanatical Remainer but what of the Brexit elite? True, there are appalling elites in Brussels but what are we replacing them with?

People voted Brexit to take back control but we have a government hell bent on destroying democracy by silencing any dissent in Parliament.

People voted to control our borders but we have a government happy to sign a trade deal with India that will allow in millions from there alone.

People voted Brexit to curb elite power but we have shadowy backers behind the Brexit campaign that will profit from “shorting” the exchange rate and creating a Singapore tax haven on the Thames for a few billionaire oligarchs whilst the people that voted Brexit are turfed out of their jobs and seen US style insurance companies destroy their NHS.

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 6:58 pm

Oh Boris has bought the ‘identity politics’ ‘PC’-fascism thing as much as the rest of the groupthink divots that are the excuse for an elite. But they won’t be able to cower in the coat tails of the EeUu and will be directly in the line of fire of all the volleys of eggs from the UK populace.

Janet Mozelewski

26th September 2019 at 3:40 pm

To strive for a little balance I offer you….Richard Branson. He who spouts a lot of Pro-Remain words from his tax-haven base. He who is at the forefront of cashing in on a semi-privatized NHS. And surely it cannot have escaped your notice that many of the Remainers at the forefront of taking legal action (about numbers on buses or about the business of parliament) have made their money in The City?

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 3:23 pm

Gina had better get herself set for disappointment, methinks.
They’ve just this minute finished taking depositions, and Brenda Hale was getting pretty pee’d off with Gina’s advocate’s assumptions about the court. She summed up by remarking how extremely difficult this all was. She reckons to be able to publish a decision next week.
There is little sign that Gina’s going to win. Hee hee!

Jonathan Morse

19th September 2019 at 1:49 pm

A democracy is not somewhere where all are equal, it is a place where everyone has a vote to the controlling authority, so they are equal only in the sense that they have the same influence, 1 vote, over who sits in that authority. Boris has used legal trickery to usurp that authority, although I would argue Tories have been abusing it for decades by causing their opponents to fight each other & Brexit is about stopping Farage from doing that to them, by giving him what he wants.

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 3:32 pm

Absolutely false. A referendum is NOT about who sits in the Commons: it’s about the issue re which the referendum was called; the whole point of a referendum being that it is direct rule by the people, expressly to trump Paliamentary election, so that it cannot be dropped as so often is a policy offered as a ploy in a general election on the excuse that voters vote for a range of policy and never one issue in particular.

Mike Mortimer

19th September 2019 at 4:45 pm

Absolutely right, yet again another remainer trying to undermine and subvert the referendum result and democracy by the deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.

Neil McCaughan

19th September 2019 at 5:28 pm

That was incoherent nonsense. Thanks for demonstrating, once again, that remainers are no better educated than leavers.

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 6:13 pm

Who are you trying to kid??!! It’s as clear as clear gets, as succinct as succinct gets; you dimwit.

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 6:14 pm

Ah sorry!! I thought you were replying to me!

Eric Guy

19th September 2019 at 10:33 am

Spot on Brendan a self seeking pain in the neck only happy when she is listening to the sound of their own voice

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 3:25 pm

Methinks this is about the last we’ll hear of the little fascist.

John Millson

19th September 2019 at 8:39 am

Assuming sp!ked is for Parliamentary democracy? That in any other situation where a Prime Minister/Monarch destroys the spirit of the UK’s unwritten constitution for what cannot be other than political purposes, sp!ked would be similarly outraged? That had Miller’s cleaner supported that Prime Minister in that situation, sp!ked’s invective against her would be as severe?
Re the ‘17.4’, “…the largest democratic vote this country has ever witnessed.” Yes, 17.4 million is certainly impressive but it’s more meaningful when expressed as a percentage of the electorate, (33,551,983 votes cast) ie ’52’. Slightly more people voted in the 1992 general election.

P J

19th September 2019 at 11:28 am

So what ‘meaningful’ take do you place on all the votes that were not used?

The way Remainers ‘play’ with numbers is rather grasping at straws IMHO. If it’s the best argument they have for declaring a democratically arrived at decision ‘null’, then they’ve no argument at all truth be told.

John Millson

19th September 2019 at 1:04 pm

I do not support those trying to overturn the result but neither do I support the reckless crash-out position.
Your question: ‘So what ‘meaningful’ take do you place on all the votes that were not used?’ So disgusted that a referendum on this matter is even being held? Can’t be ‘arsed’? On holiday…?
It’s not ‘playing’ with numbers. It’s a reasonable observation. We can be told all that’s needed is a simple majority but that dosen’t mean we don’t attempt to analyse the result, what it says. Come on.
For sure Farage would not have packed up and gone home had the result been the other way round. He’d be there, in the EU Parliament with his new motley crew, booing and barracking.

P J

19th September 2019 at 5:15 pm

Seems a sentence has been removed from my post. Interesting…

Neil McCaughan

19th September 2019 at 12:20 pm

“This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.”

The words delivered to every household in Britain.
Straightforward question.
Clear commitment to abide by the result.
Decisive answer.

And then lies, conspiracy, obfuscation, plotting, and treason from the riff raff in Parliament.

John Millson

20th September 2019 at 11:05 am

Yes, and it must be implemented before more of us lose our sanities.

Jerry Owen

19th September 2019 at 4:47 pm

John Millson
Still trying your utmost to belittle the referendum result !
Sing another song !

John Millson

20th September 2019 at 10:54 am

No, don’t worry – simply relaying facts. Your ‘side’ ‘won’ – as we keep hearing.

Jerry Owen

20th September 2019 at 6:10 pm

John Millson
Yes we won .. so stop whinging stop going to anti Brexit demos and simply move on and help make this a united country, your divisiveness helps no one.. just move accept you are a loser on this one

David Smith

19th September 2019 at 8:13 am

If the judges rule against the government here, then I see only one way forward: start and fund a petition/campaign to have judges elected every 4-5 years. If they wish to enter the world of politics so be it: they who live by by politics can die by politics.

H McLean

19th September 2019 at 12:11 am

Gina Miller is the Greta Thunberg of the Brexit movement – wrong about everything and rampantly hypocritical.

Howie Sainee

19th September 2019 at 1:46 am

Leavers talk about democracy but then denounce their own parliament which is democratically elected. Miller is only asking for clarity ultimately it is the judiciary that is making the decision. Leavers basically are showing themselves as the most undemocratic of all as the referendum wasn’t a mandate to leave with no deal! Let’s be realistic 52 people out of every 100 voted to leave. How many of these would have voted to remain given the choice of a no deal vs remain option – we don’t know but it will only need 2 or 3 people to change their mind to reverse the outlook. Even Jacob Rees mogg has changed his position twice in the last 3 years from leave with no deal, to voting for Theresa mays deal and now he is back to leave with no deal. I put it to you that all the brexiteers are running scared otherwise they would be happy to vote again!

P J

19th September 2019 at 11:41 am

I’m always staggered by the lack of understanding expressed. I wonder if it’s deliberate, in which case: at what point does it become so delusional it casts doubt on a persons ability to navigate life generally.

The insistence on counting those who did not vote at all for starters. To not vote at all is the accept the result whatever it is.

The assertion around ‘what if’ those votes had been this or that. What if they’d all 100% voted Leave? It’s utter nonesense to speculate.

Then this “keep voting until we get the result we want” thing with zero understanding of the seriousness of such an action. Set that up as something it’s OK to do and follow it to it’s logical outcome: we’ll be voting on the same issue over and over and over with no action or resolution. If I kept telling you you had to vote Leave… by golly you’ll resolutely continue to vote Remain… why? Because it takes away your right to vote. It trashes the whole system of democracy utterly and completely. In the void left by democracy is dictatorship. I can only think people have known a civilised and ‘nice’ life so long that they cannot grasp what living under a dictatorship means.

Jerry Owen

19th September 2019 at 4:50 pm

‘Miller is only asking for clarity’
No Milker has made it clear Brexit makes her sick and she is trying to stop Brexit… You only delude yourself and like-minded remoaners, no one else.

Mike Mortimer

19th September 2019 at 4:54 pm

Only remainers want a second vote so they can have another bite at the cherry and it is a dead cert that the question would be gerry mandered in favour of remain. Says it all about remainers who are only prepared to accept democracy when it suits them.

Janet Mozelewski

26th September 2019 at 3:12 pm

Parliament is meant to represent the people. Not manage them. Too many MP’s in this parliament were elected to deliver a manifesto pledging to deliver Brexit but have, in reality, set to work doing the opposite. We have a Speaker who is openly, and one could say gleefully, biased in favour of Remain. For years he has had an unopposed seat and the people of his constituency are totally at odds with his position. They have no democracy. The people who ‘thought’ they were voting for a Conservative (for example), funded the campaign, delivered leaflets etc etc only to find they instead had a charlatan who, once at Westminster, was voting and conniving with the opposition. Or changing their party altogether (in some cases more than once). These are the same MP’s who bleat about the the sanctity of Parliamentary democracy…but do not seek a by-election and do not vote for a GE either. They truly are a Runaway Parliament.

Andrew Craig-Bennett

19th September 2019 at 12:08 am

Yes, “grotesque” is the right word. Not for the court case, but for this little rant. I can read this stuff in the Daily Mail and the Express without bothering with Spiked.

Who do you think are financing Brexit? Cleaners? No, it’s the likes of Jim Ratcliff, who is set to rape the taxpayers with his 4×4 stunt, James Dyson, the Barclay Brothers, asset strippers and tax dodgers, the curious Mr Banks who seems to specialise in the sort of businesses that are used by some as money laundering fronts, the Pub Landlord of Wetherspoons and bunch of wealthy spivs like Farage and Rees-Mogg.

I chipped in fifty quid for that court case. Money well spent.

How much are you getting paid for this latter day Der Sturmer effort and by whom?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

18th September 2019 at 11:17 pm

Brendan O’Neill believes that Parliament should be prorogued for an absurd length of time for purely political reasons in order to assert the ‘will of the people’ over their democratically elected representatives. Well, given the choice between rule by Essex Man or a democratically elected representative, I know who I would choose every time.

Jerry Owen

18th September 2019 at 11:42 pm

In your tiny pathetic non thinking singular brain cell still in it’s early development stage really think that 17.4 million voters are ..’ Essex man ‘.
Do you really have any idea how embarrassingly stupid you really are ?

H McLean

19th September 2019 at 12:03 am

For goodness sake, try and show a smidgen of self-awareness. Bendan has acknowledged many times that proroguing parliament was a dodgy and underhanded act by Johnson but there is no context that excuses the anti-democratic actions of the remainer elite. As this article rightly states, Miller and her wealthy clique are not campaigning out of a principled desire to protect and maintain British democratic principles and institutions, they’re acting in bad faith to destroy Brexit completely, which is indefensible on every level.

John Millson

19th September 2019 at 9:23 am

No one comes out of this Brexit sh*tstorm looking or smelling good. Motives are mixed.
I would be surprised if Miller, Cherry et al. win but it is important to stand up to a overweening executive, especially one whose legitmacy is so dodgy.
(If more people, in their minds, vote for leaders in General Elections not just local MPs, then the governing party shouldn’t be able to get rid of that leader. Technically, we aren’t a republic but most people now vote for ‘the leader’. That needs to be addressed – the PM serves the full term or we have an established depuy PM office to indirectly vote for.)

Jerry Owen

21st September 2019 at 5:30 pm

John Millson
It’s you whinging remainers that are the sh*storm for refusing to accept the referendum result.
We that voted leave respect the result and are waiting unbelievably patiently for the result to be enacted.
You need to accept democracy can’t please everyone .

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

18th September 2019 at 11:15 pm

I couldn’t be bothered to read the article. However, it does seem as though Remainers are now being blamed for everything from the Amritsar massacre, the sinking of the Titanic to the Holocaust.

Jerry Owen

18th September 2019 at 11:47 pm

If you come to a conclusion without having the courage to read an article it says rather a lot about your faux besiegement mentality.

Neil McCaughan

20th September 2019 at 3:47 pm

That’s OK. No one reads your pointless comments.

Michael Lynch

18th September 2019 at 10:29 pm

If Miller wins this case then it only proves that British justice can be bought. It will simply mean that money can buy off 17.4 million votes. I’d then like to know what the entire case cost and how that translates to what each vote cost to purchase. Because this is how it will look to an entire electorate; I hope those fine, smart Judges bear that in mind before they reach a ruling.

R BB

18th September 2019 at 10:43 pm

Whether you are Leave or Remain you should be worried about prorogation. At a time when elected MPs should be doing double shifts our elected representatives have been blocked from holding the Government to account.

Jim Lawrie

19th September 2019 at 12:09 am

When Parliament refuses a general election because it wants to govern, as is, without one, then it is no longer Parliament. It is a membership club. And committee.

Michael Lynch

19th September 2019 at 11:03 am

Tosh. If they’d been that worried they’d not have gone off on their long summer break and they also wouldn’t have planned their conferences. Everyone is arguing over 5 days. Given they could rush the Benn Bill through they won’t find debate too difficult in the time left. Besides, if they were that concerned why not vote for a GE and let the people judge Boris. The truth here is that Remainers are using the law to hide behind; they are in effect running away from democratic judgement. This is a Remain establishment stitch up and nothing more. That’s how 17.4 million people will see this.

Michael Lynch

18th September 2019 at 10:05 pm

What happens in the HOC should stay in the HOC. Interesting to note the defense proposition this morning that any legislation regarding Prorogation is a matter for Parliament itself to sort. Parliament is after responsible making law not judges.

The stench of hypocrisy in the court must have been unbearable when Major’s lawyer started gabbing.

Don’t know about anyone else, but I got the impression today that the Judges had already made their minds up. I only hope they decide to keep out of the Politics of all this.

I am also amazed that there has been no questioning of the political motives of either Miller, Major or Cherry. Why not?

Brandy Cluster

18th September 2019 at 9:49 pm

Brendan O’Neill, we many of us in Australia really admire the things you write!! This is yet another example of your never-ending fight on behalf of democracy.

In Australia now we need your help. Our government has instigated an inquiry into our Family Law system because many women are serial liars who are rorting the Violence Orders, providing false information to police and, in the process, destroying mens lives. Many are killing themselves. And now we have female activists coming out from everywhere telling us the inquiry isn’t needed and that it’s a lie to say women abuse the divorce court system. You couldn’t make this stuff up. They want to deny men due process in law – such is the current hatred of men and the label of ‘toxic masculinity’ which has been attached to them. HELP US PLEASE!!

H McLean

19th September 2019 at 12:22 am

Exactly. There is no Australian counterpart to Spiked willing or able to raise a dissenting voice against the powerful DV campaigners. They have their claws firmly in all aspects of politics, law and education, and even the supposedly right-of-centre Liberal Party capitulate at the slightest pressure from the super-woke DV lobby. I have become entirely disaffected towards Australian politics. There are no good choices and few voices remotely worth listening to.

steve moxon

19th September 2019 at 3:46 pm

Yes, this issue is going to explode generally re intimate-partner violence, rape, child custody, alimony, harassment ….. the whole femascist works.
Girls & women are in any culture master liars, courtesy of their form of sociality, which is on a exclusionary principle and concerns intricate social manoeuvring, thereby to inculcate lying to the point of it being honed to a high art. Put girls & women in a crazy man-hating near-totalitarian obscenity of a political-Left-backlash culture, as we now have, and then provide big instrumental reasons along those lines to lie, then hey presto, you get not just an epidemic of lying: lying becomes the norm.

Jean Eggett

18th September 2019 at 9:48 pm

Love to see and hear all the ‘Spiked’ commentators on Sky News What the Papers Say and BBC Politics Live. They are the only ones talking any sense. Keep it up folks.

fret slider

18th September 2019 at 9:35 pm

Once upon a time the left were anti-monarchy, to say the least.

These days the left can’t get enough of them and other celebs – until #metoo catches up with them…

It’s all inverted.

Tinfoil Hat

18th September 2019 at 9:25 pm

Power is in the hands of those with the itching powder.

Jim Lawrie

18th September 2019 at 9:24 pm

” stand up for unity in diversity” shouts and bangs Aidan O’Neill QC in court. Does he know how much of a 1984 caricature he now sounds?

R BB

18th September 2019 at 9:06 pm

None of us are having our democratic rights preserved. Parliament is prorogued so our democratically elected representatives are unable to do their jobs.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

18th September 2019 at 11:15 pm

Well said.

Jerry Owen

18th September 2019 at 11:32 pm

Absolutely correct 100%. They all agreed to abide by the result of the referendum in election manifestos and of course by enacting article 50.
How should we proceed to make sure they deliver on their promises ?

R BB

19th September 2019 at 10:57 am

The referendum result has been respected. Article 50 triggered, withdrawal negotiations started and billions spent on exit preparations.

Parliament is doing its job and debating what our future relationship looks like. After all, we could have already left if Theresa May’s deal had been accepted. But, ultimately, with opinion in the country so divided, it’s unsurprising that striking a deal that satisfies all parties is such a challenge.

Parliament should be brought back and people given their democratic right back to campaign for whatever future they think best – be that No Deal, current / revised version of the withdrawal agreement or Remain.

Jerry Owen

20th September 2019 at 6:13 pm

R BB
Hilarious post.. in short you lost don’t accept the result so to unite the country we should have another referendum so hopefully you can win .. what utter tosh !

Ven Oods

20th September 2019 at 6:15 pm

Didn’t those ‘meaningful votes’ that they then ballsed up show that they’re unable to do their jobs even when allowed to sit?
Topped off with avoiding a GE, while bleating about a ‘coup’…

Jamie Spary

18th September 2019 at 8:59 pm

give me free

Winston Stanley

18th September 2019 at 8:08 pm

Will the EU do the decent thing and kick the Westminster clowns out of the EU? Sad if that how we get Brexit delivered but we would take it.

> ‘You have 12 DAYS to find a Brexit plan or it’s over’: EU leaders issue ultimatum to Boris Johnson as they order Britain to submit deal proposals by the end of the month or face No Deal

In a shock development tonight Boris Johnson (centre, today) was given less than two weeks to come up with an alternative to the Irish border backstop in writing and hand it to Brussels. Otherwise the EU plans to pull the plug on discussions and abandon the UK to a No Deal Brexit. The ultimatum was hammered out at a meeting between French president Emmanuel Macron (left, today) – who has long complained about the time it has taken to get the UK out of the EU – and Finnish PM Antti Rinne in Paris today. Mr Rinne, whose country holds the EU council presidency, is reported to have said after the Paris meeting: ‘We are both concerned about what is happening in Britain right now and the confusion that is going on from there to Europe.’ The deadline is likely to create uproar in Westminster with Parliament shut down and the Government in the middle of a crisis, with little movement on a viable alternative to the hated backstop.

P J

18th September 2019 at 8:39 pm

Yet there are reports elsewhere that numerous alternative ideas (I can’t rmemeber how many) about the backstop have been shown to the EU. Tellingly the documents have not be left with the EU because “once released to 27 countries the document is out of your control”. Is there a negotiation tactic here I’m not understanding and is the demand a ‘result’? It is indeed refreshing to find the EU becoming concerned there’s little room for manoeuvre. Their own fault methinks.

P J

18th September 2019 at 8:40 pm

That’s “remember”…

Winston Stanley

18th September 2019 at 9:07 pm

It seems just as likely that the EU is trying to apply pressure at this precise time while the court case is going on about prorogation, to rule prorogation unlawful, avoid another prorogation in the coming weeks, keep Remoaner MPs in control of Brexit and ultimately to force a revocation of Article 50 as the only alternative to avoid No Deal on the 31st. The EU mentality is for Remain and Expand the EU, which also happens to be the motto of IS. Who knows how far these fanatics are willing to go.

Janet Mozelewski

26th September 2019 at 6:59 pm

Macron needs someone to blame for the problems in his own country. He also has a massive problem making ends meet. He needs to get his hands on some UK money ASAP.
As a resident of France I have found it unsurprising but nevertheless shocking that more is not reported in the UK about, you know, Europe. The BBC seem obsessed with Trump and ignore many of the stories coming out of Europe.
That is probably because it doesn’t fit very well with the narrative that all is sunshine in the spotless EU. France is very much divided along similar lines to the UK. City liberals refusing to listen to the concerns of people in the provinces but instead demonizing them and ignoring them. It works OK until the great unwashed decide to visit the big city and start trashing things. It is happening here on a regular basis. Youth unemployment is extremely high…..which is why I wonder at UK young people being so pro-remain. They do not see beyond the reality of ‘the big dream’. Older remainers judge France by their holiday (to an area awash with tourist money) in a picturesque location and drinks en terrasse. They do not see, and don’t want to see, the massive tax burden, the lack of opportunity, the bureaucratic nightmare that is France’s reflection of what the EU…..especially in the Zone…. really is.

Roger Ramjet

18th September 2019 at 7:20 pm

What’s so utterly disingenuous is this idiotic notion of the ‘remainer elite’. Millions of working class voters up and down the country voted to remain, whilst swathes of the moneyed upper-classes voted to leave. The country is fractured yes, but it’s not along class lines. Brendan talks about Gina Miller’s cleaner as though he has some magical insight into Gina Miller’s cleaner’s politics. Chances are, if Gina Miller does indeed have a cleaner, they are not of this country originally – and are very likely to be adversely impacted by a no deal Brexit – so to claim this fictional cleaner as an ironic example Gina’s Miller’s supposed double-standards is plain ridiculous. It takes some logical gymnastics to sell the shutting down of the Commons by an unmandated, unelected millionaire Prime Minister as a strengthening of the voice of the common person.

Jerry Owen

18th September 2019 at 11:50 pm

Who won the referendum … Remind me ?

Tim Wheeler

18th September 2019 at 7:16 pm

I am delighted to see this article. It explains exactly the reason I voted for Brexit and reason I am so deeply disgusted and Jeremy Corbyn’s 2016 U-turn just prior to the referendum. Get Yourself on TV Brendon – and shout it loud. Don’t let any talk over you when you explain it – Cos They Will Try.

Trouble McTrouble

20th September 2019 at 5:22 pm

Likewise Tim. I admit I stopped voting labour when Corbyn took over – I’m now 54 and was a lifelong labour voter, but (being half Irish) very anti IRA and I remember him and Livingston hailing them as freedom fighters whilst my family (my late mum was English and father Irish) were spat at in the street and the Irish pupils even bullied by TEACHERS in school during the bombings of the UK. So as soon as I knew that he and McDonnell were taking over labour, I knew what would happen and I couldn’t be a part of it. My labour, the one that championed fairness, workers rights and the rights of a fair days wage for a fair days work, died the moment those two and their cronies took root. Sure enough, very quickly, Momentum was born and people like me – moderates wanting change, but not supporting their anti semitic, pro terrorist stance – were being hounded out anyway; I was glad I’d already stepped back. Labour for the working class is dead; it’s now a hate party full of brownshirts, to put it mildly, and it’s very terrifying. Certainly McDonnell’s comment of “I’ll be putting Jerremy in a taxi to Buckingham Palace and he’ll instruct the Queen, “we’re taking over.” VERY chilling. THAT is not the party I once loved, that my family have supported for generations -even back when it was just a labour movement for workers rights.

P J

18th September 2019 at 6:29 pm

I for one voted leave because I wanted a focus on the issues in *this* country. Only through the equality of viewpoint (vote) do issues get flagged and the opportunity to solve them appear. Though the well off seem incapable of grasping it, a country like a business is only viable if the value chain works and everyone benefits.

We will be in for dark days indeed should the wrapped-up well-off in their opaque bubbles achieve their mission to free themselves entirely of responsibility for the country. They put themselves in power and with that comes responsiblity.

As it wears on I observe it appears to be motivated as Starkey put it so well by their desire to be with the ‘other’ who appears sophisticated so long as you don’t look too closely. Like the cool kids in the playground who were in truth bullies, collecting around them sycophants to do their bullying for them – all the while despising said sycophants. It’s such a sad thing to bear witness to.

T Jay

18th September 2019 at 5:52 pm

“….so that MPs, who are predominantly pro-Remain, can continue frustrating Brexit.”

Please can we have some more context here. The MPs are predominately Remain because in 2013 they voted against the recommendations of the Boundary Commission. Had they accepted the recommendations, the Mrs May would have entered office with a majority of 32 rather 12.

There needs to be a Parliamentary petition demanding that the 2018 Boundary Commision proposals are implemented. Otherwise the remain MPs will enjoy be unfair ‘windfall’ of 26 seats to their advantage. https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/boundaries2018.html We cannot have a yet another election based upon the population distribution in the year 2000.

Janet Mozelewski

26th September 2019 at 3:25 pm

The whole General Election fiasco was orchestrated by Remainers within the Tory Party and within the Civil Service. May was but a pawn. Going into that election the Tories should have won an overwhelming majority but the campaign on other key issues (specifically alienating the grey vote) saw that change. Of course a strong majority would have empowered eurosceptics within the Tory ranks. The real fear of Corbyn snapping at their heels kept them in check and bridled the ECG and others.
Over the last few decades there are several things which at the time seemed to be merely rank incompetence on the part of the Gov of the day. Now it becomes planer by the day that they were part of a much bigger plan. The great gold giveaway by Gordon Brown….etc etc Now we see that allegiance to party and country comes a long way behind allegiance to the EU in much of the Establishment it starts to fall into place. Add to that Good Friday, legislation that curbs the PM and restricts his ability to call an election, and countless other bricks put in the wall over that time.

Jane 70

18th September 2019 at 5:49 pm

Her arrogant posturing sickens me, surrounded as she is by her fawning acolytes in the media and the HOC.
Perhaps we should provide her with a mop and bucket, so she can sample the authentic cleaning experience.

James Knight

18th September 2019 at 5:26 pm

Does she still claim that she doesn’t want to stop Brexit?

Jerry Owen

18th September 2019 at 4:52 pm

Miller helps keep the ‘ leave ‘ sentiment well and truly alive.
This woman is a liar, because when she first came on the scene she claimed she wasn’t anti ‘ leave ‘ ( it wasn’t called Brexit in the early days ) but wanted to uphold the correct procedures Parliament .
A true viper.

Dominic Straiton

18th September 2019 at 4:46 pm

Gina miller has bodyguards……. My old mum slapped a sticker on Harold Wilsons back that said “vote Conservative” . Gina Miller is a poser with “people”. How absurd.
Some years ago at the temple of Buddhas tooth in the then war torn Sri Lanka I got talking to a cleaner who had been amazed at how Prince Charles had visited a week or so previously with a single bodyguard while the politicians always needed at least thirty.
We are not at War . We simply want democracy enacted.

Andrew Craig-Bennett

19th September 2019 at 12:11 am

Gina Miller needs body guards. Si rationem requiris, circumspice.

Ian B

18th September 2019 at 4:25 pm

I think your “…utterly convincing” should have been “…utterly unconvicing”

Hana Jinks

18th September 2019 at 4:04 pm

Jerry “Babydoll” Oven-Kraut.

Why are you terrified of me?

https://youtu.be/oxonqyWgTuE

Hana Jinks

18th September 2019 at 4:06 pm

https://youtu.be/zBhn_3Pk7dU

This is my fav song, and it’s about you, Babydoll.

Calum Morgan

18th September 2019 at 4:00 pm

Gina Miller’s antics make me feel physically ill. The fact that she uses the constitution and the legal system to cloak her true motives makes her methods positively sinister.

Isabel Cooke

18th September 2019 at 5:19 pm

Give over. She’s trying to defend our sovereign Parliament, the heart of our democracy.

Johnson’s grab for power and his disdain for the Commons is the true danger to democracy. You prefer the rule of a ‘strong’ man to a Commons where all can voice an opinion, eh?

Not all Leavers want no deal, so most of the articles in Spiked are based on a lie. What am I saying?! They’re all based on lies, because that’s how the Koch brothers, climate-change deniers, funders of programmes against birth control, funders of hard-right Republicans and funders of Spiked…that’s how they like things!

Heard of divide and conquer?

You might want to read up on the history of Germany ooh say 1930 – 45.

Jerry Owen

20th September 2019 at 6:14 pm

I Cooke
You are becoming tedious with your tin foil hat nonsense.

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