Thursday, 17 August 2017

Liberal Future: Alderney & Sark Youth Say BreXit Now!

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A YEAR has come and gone since the EU Referendum. As everyone should know by now, on 23rd June 2016, a majority of the electorate took the brave and historic decision to get Britain out of the EU. On a national turnout of 72.2%, 17,410,742 (51.9%) people voted to free Britain from the shackles of the European Union. Indeed, as the Guardian at the time – https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2016/jun/23/eu-referendum-live-results-and-analysis – noted, ‘Britain has voted by a substantial margin to leave the European Union.’

Despite this, members of the elite still don’t get it. One particular case which raised the hackles of many people involved the well-known evolutionary biologist and writer, Richard Dawkins. Here’s what he had to say: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39218108

Liberal Future are the first to concede that Dawkins raises many valid points. We feel that Cameron called the EU Referendum in an attempt to both shut up the Eurosceptic wing of the Tory party and kill off the threat of UKIP. (Ironically, the Eurosceptic wing of the Tory party walked all over Cameron and internal rumblings within UKIP seem to have killed it off. That’s politics, folks!)

Dawkins also notes that Cameron should have insisted on a 2/3 majority for the EU Referendum, held a ‘cooling off’ period and so on. Maybe he should of – but the fact is he didn’t and that the majority of the electorate opted for Brexit. We wonder if Dawkins would still be calling for a 2/3 majority and so on if the Remain camp had won the vote?

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Dawkins then gets arrogant and nasty. He infers that the Brexit vote was achieved by a simple majority of “ill informed voters.” Those who opted for a form of self-determination are “ignorant” and “misled.” Is he really saying that nearly 17.5 million voters can’t be trusted to make up their own minds and vote accordingly? Talk about stereotyping on a mass scale!
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Liberal Future is not a class or racially based organisation, but we feel that Dawkins really believes that the (white) working class – and especially the English and Welsh White working class – shouldn’t have the vote. This is especially so if they are going to vote the ‘wrong’ way! Quite apart from the fact that all classes, racial and ethnic groups voted Leave it suits some to ‘pigeon hole’ votes into fixed groups. Maybe calling folks “ill informed” and “ignorant” is his ‘polite’ way of saying that we’re all Untermensch?
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In short, Dawkins is saying that we should simply just know our place. He views ordinary working folks as mere economic units of production: we can be cast aside when not needed (or cheaper labour can be imported) or when we vote the wrong way! We should know our place – as long as we use our brawn and/or brains in the ‘correct’ way and pay our taxes, we’re ok. Our function is to keep the elite in comfort, not to think for ourselves and vote against the wishes of the establishment.
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Others have reached a similar conclusion when it comes to Dawkins and other elitists. As the author Mick Hume – http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-free-speech-how-do-we-protect-it-%e2%80%93-tyranny-of-the-minority-part-2 – has previously noted: ‘In the Left-wing New Statesman magazine, Professor Richard Dawkins, the leading evolutionary biologist and renowned humanist was unable to suppress his true feelings that the large slice of humanity who voted Leave were ‘stupid, ignorant people’. He protested that ‘it is unfair to thrust on to unqualified simpletons the responsibility to take historic decisions of great complexity and sophistication’.
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Presumably such decisions would be better left to highly intellectual minds such as his own. Great atheist that he is, he appears to think the rest of us should have blind faith in people like him.’
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As the Brexit negotiations continue and the date for Britain quitting the EU grows ever closer, the blood pressure of the elite will go through the roof. They’ll probably ditch all niceties and try every trick in the book to derail democracy and stifle self- determination. You have been warned!
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• THIS ARTICLE should be read in conjunction with the following:
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Liberal Future Says BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-says-%e2%80%a6-brexit-now
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Liberal Future: English Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/english-youth-says-brexit-now

Liberal Future: Scottish Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/scottish-youth-say-brexit-now

Liberal Future: Ulster Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/ulster-youth-say-brexit-now

Liberal Future: Welsh Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/welsh-youth-say-brexit-now

Liberal Future: Cornish Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/cornish-youth-say-brexit-now

Liberal Future: Guernsey, Manx and Jersey Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-guernsey-manx-and-jersey-youth-say-brexit-now
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