Monday, June 27, 2016

Brexit VII

For John, BLUFBelieve in Democracy.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The Lib Dems have less respect for democracy than General Pinochet

Here is the lede:
The Liberal Democrat party, with its host of 6 MPs (much reduced in 2015) have pledged to ignore the Brexit referendum result and to campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.

“Nigel Farage’s vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept”, declared Lib Dem leader Tim Farron yesterday.  “Even though the vote was close, the majority of British people want us to leave.  But we refuse to give up on our beliefs”, he said.

. . .

I would like to contrast this attitude with that of General Pinochet, well-known ‘strongman’ of Chilean politics from 1973 to 1990, who held a referendum on his junta (well, him) continuing to rule Chile in 1988, and who respected the outcome rejecting his continued rule, with a little prodding perhaps from General Matthei, the Air Force member of the junta (and friend of the UK in the Falklands War), who called for the result to be respected.

Don't believe in Democracy less than General/President Augusto Pinochet.

Hat tip to Samizdata.

Regards  —  Cliff


The New Englander said...

The entire issue -- but ESPECIALLY the reaction from elites on both sides of the Pond -- keeps bringing me back to that old Bill Buckley saw about how I'd rather be governed by the first 535 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty.

When I first heard this, I sort of chuckled but didn't really get it.

Then I understood it.

Now, I honestly believe it. Not being funny. Not being sarcastic. I would absolutely prefer those first 535 names.

C R Krieger said...



Regards  —  Cliff