A Parliament Of Pygmies

Ruled by comfortable, smug elites, Parliament is choosing to ignore the ordinary British people as they attempt to hold power to account. It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.
Ruled by comfortable, smug elites, Parliament is choosing to ignore the ordinary British people as they attempt to hold power to account. It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.

Historians should avoid colourful predictions, however tempting they might seem.

At the moment I’m touring the country with a lecture called Henry VIII And The First Brexit, which compares the king’s eventual clean and triumphant break with the Roman Church with our own messy and humiliating attempts to extricate ourselves from the European Union.

But audiences really want me to talk about the present.

‘What do you think is going to happen?’, they ask. I shrug my shoulders and explain that, since history only works by looking backwards, those historians who pose as prophets are charlatans.

My audiences think I’m copping out, of course – and they are right.

I haven’t always been such a purist. Three years ago, I published a book on Magna Carta to mark the founding document of our Parliamentary constitution, that had been sealed 800 years earlier in 1215.

In holding a medieval king accountable to his subjects – or some of them, at least – Magna Carta was a revolutionary step and is rightly celebrated.

But I ended on a note of caution. All is not well with Britain or our politics, I said. ‘Is it silly to think there is a touch of 1215 – a whiff of revolution – in the air?

And it came true in June 2016, with the decisive referendum vote to reshape our politics once again and leave the European Union.

The referendum was a very British revolution. And it’s been followed by a very British counter-revolution, which shows every sign of succeeding.

Don’t be deceived by the lack of violence or the comparative good manners of those now seizing control. This is a coup, and what is at stake is the nature and legitimacy of Parliament itself.

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See Also:

(1) UK needs leadership to pull itself out of Brexit mess

(2) Listen up Theresa May: No deal holds NO FEAR for half of voters – Brexit poll

(3) ‘Nobody knows what the f*** is going on’ – Cabinet saves Brexit from May’s hands

(4) The Daily Mail reviews 1,000 days of incompetence since the Brexit referendum

(5) ‘She’ll be FINISHED’ – ERG issues stark WARNING to Theresa May over Brexit delay

(6) Theresa May ‘to be ousted by MONDAY’ as she asks EU for 3-month Brexit delay

(7) Brexit farce funded by UK taxpayers: Juncker calls ANOTHER ‘talking shop’ summit

(8) ‘Germany must EXIT THE EURO!’ Brexit is a DISASTER but ‘not for the British’

(9) EU: Telling Europeans What to Think

(10) May could be forced to call General Election if THIS happens – ‘Politically PRECARIOUS’

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Guy Fawkes also known as Guido Fawkes while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a … Fawkes fell from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of being hanged, drawn and quartered.

P.M. May should consider herself extremely lucky that this is not the 16th century. The British people knew how to deal with the likes of her back then.