Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 26, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Kudos to the commentator here who predicted that the result of the UK referendum would be an appeal for a unity government in the Republic. The Sindo editorial comes close enough
In that regard, and to use that much abused term, now really is a time to put on the green jersey. The tentative new administration here should be afforded every support by those progressive parties and members of the Opposition who must surely understand that, in the round, Ireland’s membership of the EU has been to the good, and, further that this country’s economic, cultural and social relationship with the UK must also be preserved insofar as those two ideals remain compatible.
Eoghan Harris meanwhile had this to say about how Cameron should have responded to the vote
Second, Cameron has shown further weakness by stepping down instead of stepping up to the plate.
The result of the referendum is not legaly binding. Parliament is sovereign.
Cameron should have rejected the result as too close for a national consensus and put the matter to the House of Commons.
There’s the defender of democracy for you.
But even on it’s own terms, it’s a crazy argument (and it’s disturbing to see Labour MPs like David Lammy making similar ones): the referendum revealed a large disconnect between the political elite and democratically-expressed popular opinion. The idea that ignoring democratically-expressed popular opinion would be a sensible thing to do is fanciful, and would have extremely dangerous consequences. Stupidity indeed.