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Jim on fire in the comments again (but also see the comments afterwards from Andrew and Umbungo): It occurs to me that in the event of another referendum (which of course is possible) the Remain camp have very little ammunition left. They can predict economic collapse (again) but their opponents can just point to the […]

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When Guardian World meets Westminster World, you know there aren’t going to be fireworks

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According to the Guardian, a female artist was allowed to hang around Westminster harrassing MPs for their thumbprint on a work of art about Brexit. The work itself sounds supremely uninteresting; it’s basically just a bunch of coloured thumbprints. The story consisted of a few Conservatuve MPs like John Redwood saying ‘No’, and some of […]

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Jim in the comments: I have this suspicion that Corbyn is very carefully trying to make sure that he has nothing whatsoever to do with Brexit at all, and is leaving the Tories to sink or swim themselves over it. On the wise principle its better to let others make decisions that have only hard […]

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From Ducky McDuckface in the comments: Naked exercise of the power. The EU, particularly the way the UK government chose to implement membership, means that ministers and civil servants have a great deal of latitude in the development and implementation of regulation and legislation before the concept of oversight from the Commons ever begins to […]

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Matthew Parris is clueless about paternalism

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Following on from yesterday’s post about Matthew Parris and his recent MPs-should-ignore-the-people Spectator article, you’ll notice, I trust, that Parris’s whole way of talking is more suitable to a member of a hereditary ruling class than an elected democratic representative. He quotes, as an example of the more traditional Conservative mindset to which he subscribes, […]

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Jim in the comments: The thing is he’s [Parris] not 100% wrong. You can’t have the public involved in every small decision of government, it would be chaos. To govern is to choose and sometimes you have to choose things that if given a choice the public might not agree with. However these are usually […]