A two thirds majority is needed in parliament first though.
Anyway, elections should have been earlier, actually right after the referendum, as the election was also a vote against the ruling elite in Britain . British democracy seem to be taking it yet another notch down in my books.
First the referendum campaigning on both sides -- then the decision to treat a decision that was close in votes (but clearly less than the majority of the entire population) as the 'will of the people' -- then the attempt to circumvent any say of parliament and lords in the process -- and now new elections for self-serving objectives.
I really fail to see how this is democracy in all its glory.
then the decision to treat a decision that was close in votes (but clearly less than the majority of the entire population) as the 'will of the people' -- then the attempt to circumvent any say of parliament and lords in the process -- and now new elections for self-serving objectives. I really fail to see how this is democracy in all its glory.
any dyed in the wool remainers will vote Liberal Democrat
Look at the alternative if Europeans had never intervened in any way whatsoever. The people would have been left as a living stone age museum exhibit, much like the Amazonian tribes now. The population would have been kept stable by the food supply and unchecked and untreated disease at a much lower level than it is today. The younger generation in Africa are embracing mobile phones and the internet, do you think they would have got there without colonisation and independence?
I have no sympathy for those who did not vote. I you cannot be bothered to get off your backside you don't deserve a voice.
It was a vote to tell the powers to leave the EU, not to call an election
The fact that the economy has survived and even prospered...
The Parliament is made up of members from a pre-Brexit era and their composition needs to change to reflect this new reality.
I just stumbled upon this again (clicked on read new posts, one which quoted the above), and it's fairly mind-boggling.....I just can't resist asking just what it is that make these Africans incapable of evolving their societies without the help of Europeans. Is it genetics? If it's not, then you should possibly remember that the human species is all from Africa, and that all societies on this planet had far humbler origins yet all evolved.....I'm genuinely curious about the assertion above because it smells incredibly foul.
I realise that you are watching events from some distance, so I will explain how I see the situation now, as it has moved on from last year.DaveP
See, in my books it had been and still is a question of legitimacy. I don't have a better way of government, but I think that voting (in elections and referendums) should be obligatory. Mind you, I don't think that this would have changed the outcome of the referendum. However, it would have given the follow-up government a firmer stand in pushing it through. Rule out doubt!That's what I'm referring to.
In a free society people have to be free to vote or not. If you force everyone to vote (I think they do this in Australia) you really need to give them the option to abstain if none of the choices is to their liking.
If we want more globalization, we must either give up some democracy or some national sovereignty. Pretending that we can have all three simultaneously leaves us in an unstable no-man’s land.
I just can't resist asking just what it is that make these Africans incapable of evolving their societies without the help of Europeans. Is it genetics? If it's not, then you should possibly remember that the human species is all from Africa, and that all societies on this planet had far humbler origins yet all evolved.....I'm genuinely curious about the assertion above because it smells incredibly foul.
Well I suggest you put the lid back on the pot named prejudice.I am not suggesting that Africans are incapable of evolving on their own account, they are just as smart as anyone else. What you need to ask is what made the Africans who left Africa 50,000 years ago evolve more quickly than those who stayed behind. (yes, I do believe that we are all related via the Y Chromosome Adam and the Mitochondrial Eve).Maybe it's because Europeans / Asians mated with Neanderthals, whereas Africans didn't, or maybe the difficulties in communicating in Africa over such vast distances, held up exchange of ideas? Maybe it was the challenge of moving into a new environment after the receding ice? Who knows, but the fact remains that it gave them an extra several hundred years of technological development by the time the colonial movement started. I have no time for racial prejudice, but I don't deny that I detest cultures that repress, mutilate and subjugate women, they need to move on.I hope that settles your mindDaveP
Anyway, now I'm looking forward to the outcome of the elections (good luck with that) and hope that Britain will then strike the best deals for themselves and everybody else.
Matt,I don't know if my words will ever convince you, you seem determined to follow the liberal dogma no matter what.
You are sensitive because you are of African descent, but we all are in fact. DaveP
Humans do show some phenotypic and genotypic variation by geographical origin. Geographic isolation after human migrations, and natural or sexual selection, have resulted in some alleles being more frequent in some groups that in others, and ancestry determines the distribution of these gene variants, but this is only for a few genes. That is basically the whole concept of "race" from a biological point of view. It is a fuzzy one, because there is no precise demarcation between ethnic groups, as humans have been migrating and moving around the globe for a long time, in different migratory waves. https://www.quora.com/Are-there-genetic-differences-between-races
Dan Carlin and his History podcast has a segment that stuck with me. "What will the world look like in a thousand years? The world will be brown. "I'm paraphrasing but something to that affect. How else could it go? It somehow makes me feel more connected thinking about this.
I gave you a range of possible reasons why Europeans were more advanced technologically 200-300 years ago, genetics might be one but it could have been something no-one has thought of yet, but it's irrelevant to this conversation. It is just a fact that they were, otherwise they would have been destroyed in Africa and America and Australia.