In view of the several prophetic words and visions since the Millennium about Great Britain leaving the European Union, I’ve been obliged to take notice of the political world much nearer to home than the Middle-East and USA. The EU Referendum increased that coverage and when compiling a data hub of the blog’s many postings at Brexit vs EU, to avoid anyone taking offence I prefaced it by clarifying my political stance, viz:
‘Being politically non-partisan my main motivation is to follow the Lord and assist in bringing His Kingdom on earth. Noting prophetical words issued in Nov-Dec 2015 about the EU and specifically of coming international upheavals, I blogged on this topic as we approached the 2016 Referendum and especially for checking the accuracy of those words…’
‘Friends kindly offered their researches for publication, one of whom – Dave Chapman, author of EU’s Background & An Alternative, and more – received a letter from Nigel Farage about The Brexit Party. Dave offers the following opinion which is published with his kind permission:
BREXIT – OUR DEMOCRATIC RESPONSIBILITY
It is no secret that Ann and I have believed for a long time now that the UK should Leave the EU. We, like so many, thought that action would be secured following the Referendum result near three years ago now. It is still not the case, as Parliament has done its best to ‘kick it into the long grass’.
However, what fades with it is not just a personal view, or even the clear sense that to leave the EU is God’s purpose for us, but that Democracy itself – that is, that our individual vote matters and the result will be carried out by Parliament – is over.
Recent Parliamentary motions were won or lost in our Parliament by as little as one or two votes, and the decision was upheld. That is democracy in action. But the same principle has not been applied where our votes cast resulted in a clear victory for Leave in 2016!
The vote to Leave the EU, resulted in (as part of 100% of those who voted) a 51.89% to 48.11% majority to Leave. In terms of actual votes cast though, it was 17.4 million for Leave, and 16.1 million for Stay/Remain. There is a clear, quantitative difference of 8% between those figures – not a small margin at all.
How our Democracy evolved
A brief look at how Parliament evolved should be useful. First of all, the Magna Carta forced the infamous King John in 1215 to ask Parliament – then made up only of Lords and Nobles – for more money to fight his wars. Simon de Montfort involved “ordinary” people, knights and land owners, not just the original nobility, by 1265 – they fought it out literally in those days!
With Scotland having its own Parliament around the same time, and Wales joining in under Henry VIII in 1542, Westminster strengthened its hand. Still though, arguments raged between who should Govern, the King or Parliament? This all came to a head when in the 1630’s King Charles I suspended Parliament for 11 years which led to the Civil War in England in 1642-1651. This resulted in the King’s execution and Cromwell, the General for the Parliamentarians, becoming Lord Protector after the final battle at Worcester between the King and the Parliamentarians in September 1651.
This war established the primacy of Parliament over the Nation’s Laws, so that the next King (Charles II) himself, when he finally returned from France, was firmly put in his place under the Laws of the land – that which the Magna Carta 400 years before had stated.
[By the way, two key yet-to-be Presidents of the United States of America, Adams and Jefferson, visited Worcester in 1786 and, astonished at there being no recognition of Worcester’s place as the final battle of the Civil War to secure the Nation’s privileged freedoms then enjoyed, declared:
“And do Englishmen so soon forget the ground where their liberty was fought for? Tell your neighbours and your children that this is holy ground…… all England should come in pilgrimage to this hill once a year”.
A plaque by a Virginia Oak Tree on Fort Royal Hill in Worcester marks the spot. They recognised how vital a part the establishment of religious and democratic freedoms played in this Land.]
The slow march towards full democracy continued. Men owning a house in a City received the right to Vote in 1867 and then those in the countryside also in 1884. The rest of men over 21 had to wait until 1918 for the privilege. For women this was not gained until 1930. Finally it was in 1969 the voting age for all was reduced to 18.
What I have left out though are details of the massive civil arguments, marches and movements, over those years that secured this vital privilege we have enjoyed.
Complacency on our part at this time will lose the meaningful value of a Vote. I reckon to have lived during one of the most privileged periods of time, and especially with regard to freedoms and liberties, probably ever, but that can soon be stolen from us if we do not stand up and be counted. For our Nation’s sake, and for the future of a democratic society that delivers on the will of the people, we need to act. We can still do so by means of the Ballot Box with the use of our current hard-won privilege, by taking part in upcoming European Parliamentary elections set for the 23rd May.
(It is worth noting the nature of the EU Parliament is very different to ours. Basically it acts to ‘rubber stamp’ Laws and Regulations introduced from EU Councils further up the power chain. It cannot enact Laws it chooses to introduce, so don’t be fooled by language we are familiar with here, but it does still need voices of liberty there).
I have never before been active on what may be deemed as a Political front, but this matter is greater than Party Politics. It is a matter of protecting and ensuring that the medium of Democracy continues to be the basis on which our Nation is Governed. Trust must exist between the Electorate and Parliament if our democracy is to hold good. At present that has broken down.
The Brexit Party have suddenly emerged as a vehicle to press home these key things. One, that we Leave the EU as instructed by us, the Electorate, securing the principle of our current Democracy, and two, that MP’s recognise they are employed by us, and so cease to do just what they prefer. They have to learn they are servants, and not masters. I hate to think where the alternative could go.
You must already be aware of a quote something like this but said many years ago “bad men need nothing more than that good men should look on, and do nothing” – J S Mills in 1867.
That’s exactly the challenge to us.
If you still doubt whether the Brexit Party can deliver what you could back at these Elections, I suggest you spend a little time to watch and hear Richard Tice (Entrepreneur and Chairman of Brexit Party), Anne Widdecombe (55 years in the Conservative Party and latterly of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ fame – in fired-up form indeed!), James Wells – previously Head of the Office of National Statistics UK until he resigned his most senior post last month – and of course Nigel Farage on this video:
Brexit Party Rally at Newport on Youtube. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onP03-dGmRM
Anunciata Rees-Mogg (Jacob’s sister) is on the Nottingham Brexit Party Rally Youtube here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SIT_zKqHIg or at a more recent Brexit Party Rally nearer you.