Why Brexit Day is worth celebrating

The spiked team talks about the long road to this historic day.

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Brexit Day is finally here. What have we learned these past three-and-a-half years? And how can the democratic spirit of Brexit be deepened and defended? Tom Slater, Ella Whelan, Fraser Myers, and special guest Inaya Folarin Iman, discuss all this and more in a spiked podcast special.

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Steve Gray

1st February 2020 at 11:05 pm

People living outside the UK can have sn opinion about UK politics, much as people living in the UK can have an opinion about the politics of other countries.

But a line must be drawn over whose business it is, to decide the political future of a nation state : national democracy is the best and most representative form of democracy yet discovered – the EU model doesn’t even come close.

Simon C

1st February 2020 at 3:45 pm

Brussels. Has a cabbage named after it. Says it all really.

Christopher Tyson

1st February 2020 at 3:08 pm

A sense of complacency and presumption. Some believe that we have a meritocratic society, some believe that by definition those who make it into the elite are the cleverest. Meritocracy is a ludicrous idea, as is the idea that those of highest intellect deserve all the good things in life. If we are successful in life surely we want to share that success with our less talented friends and relatives. Maybe we can take these people at their own estimation, maybe the clever people do always win, so why did they lose then? No doubt they would put it down to the native wit or low cunning of their opponents, they will not imagine for one moment that they have been out thought. The clever people are not as clever as they think they are, but I don’t expect that penny to drop any time soon.

Christopher Tyson

1st February 2020 at 8:06 am

When David Cameron called the referendum, who knows what he was thinking, it’s as though he didn’t consider the possibility of defeat, or maybe he just assumed that he could wing it, that he would come out on top one way or another. A sense of complacency and presumption. Some believe that we have a meritocratic society, some believe that by definition those who make it into the top are the cleverest. Meritocracy is a ludicrous idea, as is the idea that those of highest intellect deserve all the good things in life. If we are successful in life surely we want to share that success with our less talented friends and relatives.
Maybe we can take these people at their own estimation, maybe the clever people do win, so why did they lose then? No doubt they would put it down to the native wit or low cunning of their opponents, they will not imagine for one moment that they have been out thought. The clever people are not as clever as they think they are, but I don’t expect that penny to drop any time soon. Before spiked readers get too smug I would point out that for whatever reason, things I’ve written here have never been challenged by members of the elite, the people I am generally criticising, maybe they don’t read this far down or have bigger fish to fry. But I’ve often faced intellectual snobbery and contempt from stupid people who presume that they are more intelligent than I am, some of these people who are themselves very quick to complain about the contempt that they have received from the elites.

SNJ Morgan

1st February 2020 at 2:30 am

I’m aghast that the Royal Mail wasn’t intending to produce any commemorative stamps for this great day. They been forced to produce some now I understand, which will be on sale at the start of next year.

But for Royal Mail to have to be forced into doing this for such a momentous occasion – it just shows how far the lefty termites have spread.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

31st January 2020 at 11:05 pm

NIHIL EST INCERTIUS VULGO

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31st January 2020 at 9:19 pm

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James Knight

31st January 2020 at 4:27 pm

Brexit should be a springboard for a new political insurgency. The next front will be to challenge the power grab from the centre to impose climate austerity and a creeping climate dictatorship.

Jerry Owen

31st January 2020 at 7:22 pm

Climate change austerity is the most dangerous threat to our civilization in decades.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

1st February 2020 at 12:59 am

I doubt it’s more dangerous than Tory austerity.

Jerry Owen

1st February 2020 at 10:41 am

ZP
Boo hoo!

James Knight

1st February 2020 at 3:31 pm

It IS Tory austerity. Just wrapped up in a green cloak, and far more extreme.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

1st February 2020 at 9:54 pm

How dare someone disagree with Jerry Owen!

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