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Banging On About Democracy

Not for the first or last time ...



Over the past few weeks, I've been taken to task by a number of friends about my views and opinions on the recent EU referendum. Or more to the point my beliefs about democracy ...

Oh no, it seems people have forgotten what democracy means.

Oh no, it seems people have forgotten what democracy means.

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To briefly recap my take on it, I voted out and hope that gradually all countries will break away from the EU and at some point in the future, we will all get together again and form a sensible trading agreement, which was, after all, what the UK voted for in 1975.

"Ok, that's made it a bit simplistic and I would be very happy to expand on it, but here isn't the place."

As the vote stood at 51.9% against 48.1% it was a good enough majority in my view. I think over a million votes is fine. Had it been the other way round, my view would have been the same, albeit I would have been disappointed, but I would not have been frothing at the mouth demanding another referendum next year.

I can see the argument that we were lied to, but I see it from both sides. It's what politicians do. It's what happens at every election. The majority of the public vote on who they believe are telling the least amount of fibs.

Now, that may not be the perfect way of holding elections but we are broadly democratic, and the majority of the public are perfectly capable of seeing what's going on and making a decision.

It was one person, one vote. Not done in constituencies where often your vote is almost pointless if one of the major parties has a vast majority.

I've been perfectly reasonable about my view and happy to debate it at any point, but I do get slightly weary of being verbally abused and told that I don't understand democracy when I point out that a majority voted to leave.

I can't really see how anyone can stand up and say it wasn't democratic and then demand another referendum. Let's say we did have another one, and it was exactly the same result percentage-wise, but the other way round? To keep consistent, they would have to argue the same again and then what? The best of three? It's absurd.

There is also an argument that it is our elected MP's job to represent us and to take these decisions in our name. Yep, ok, I'll go with that. Our MP's took the decision, in our name, to vote for a EU referendum in parliament. 544 of them voted to hold one and 53 of them voted against it. That's pretty conclusive by any standards. In our name. We voted, and that was that.

"Now a load of them are throwing their toys out of the pram because we didn't vote the right way in their opinion."

The Remain supporters should accept that the result was conclusive and move on to form a movement to rejoin the EU. I'm not saying there shouldn't ever be another referendum, in fact, one of my views was always that every country in the EU should have a vote on being in the EU every 20 years, so each generation of voters of every country has a chance to have a say.

"Ooooh no" wail my EU pals, "the EU is too complicated to allow that". Yes of course it is. One of the reasons they complicate every matter is so that it becomes almost impossible to leave. That's what dictatorship is all about, and they're very good at that.

So set out your reasons for why we should re-apply to join and persuade our elected representatives to vote to put the question to the country again in a few years time after we've seen how it pans out not being in the European Union.

My view is that the Euro will collapse and many other countries will see the light and leave and things will be very different in 20 years, and I'm pleased that the United Kingdom started the ball rolling. But it's just my view. I thought that Scotland should vote to go independent but they didn't agree, and that's the choice of Scotland. I'm all for independence wherever possible but it has to be the will of the people.

But if you keep asking for another referendum immediately after one has gone against, just because you don't agree with the result, then you just don't understand democracy.

Half of me thinks, yes, have another referendum on the EU next week, as I'm pretty sure it would be the same result, but then I wouldn't be being democratic would I?

Until next time ...


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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.