How often can voters change direction?


boltonVarious social media sources this morning have indicated that the decision by UKIP voters to reject Henry Bolton so soon after he was elected as their leader has led some who voted to remain in the EU to call for a second referendum. The same sort of dynamic democracy emerged within the Tory Party after Theresa May made such a mess of the General Election in 2017. Ms May made it clear in the hours after the result that she would stand down at any time should the party wish her to do so. Reflecting on the many decisions over recent years by Parliament which has changed its mind on numerous policy areas suggests that there is only one decision which certain politicians believe must be set in concrete. The decision taken on 23rd June 2016 is seen as vital to hold on to, even by politicians such as Nigel Farage and John Redwood who both argued for at least two referenda. Even the nuances over Brexit have changed numerous times since June. Various Tory Ministers and MEPs have made different statements over the Customs Union and Single Market since a large number of electors voted to leave. It seems clear that whatever was in the minds of those who made a decision to leave back in June 2016, that it was not what politicians are now claiming was in their minds. We now need a meaningful way of denying these politicians the opportunity to cloak their ideas with the names of British voters. We also need an opportunity to review the direction that we set out for back in 2016, just as UKIP voters have changed direction several times since then.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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