Like a majority of Brits, I voted for Brexit in the referendum to leave the European Union.
And like that same majority, I am mightily angry that the political class is failing to honour the will of the people and are acting as if they are the adults in the room, and know better what’s good for us plebs than we might think with our little minds.
The resultant farce has been playing out on the world stage, turning a proud country that once liberated Europe into its supplicant vassal state.
If only they had listened to the people.
So now, under the latest barrage of rocketing from the Gaza strip we vacated 14 years ago, it’s worthwhile remembering that the withdrawal was actually put to a people’s referendum a year before.
No less than 65% of Israelis voted against the disengagement.
(If you discount eligible Arab voters who may have voted largely in favour of any kind of Jewish surrender, that makes our people’s NO vote even more significant).
And yet, Prime Minister Sharon disregarded the will of the people. In a sop to the voters, the ‘Deep State’ made some cosmetic changes to the disengagement plan and sent it to the Knesset which then ignominiously voted to deny the people a second referendum.
The message is clear.
Democracy is not some badge for countries to flaunt.
It’s supposed to mean government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Trust our instincts.