“I must be a cooooomplete fool”
Right you are Nigel.
My inspiration for this post comes from an unlikely source, Nigel Farage. A rather unusual subject for my first post but today I endured nearly an hour of his pugnacious drivel on the radio for “Leading Britain’s Conversation” and all I can say is the only thing that man should be leading is a swift exodus from mainstream media, alongside certain others (ahem- James Slack).
The show saw Farage take on caller after caller, debating (I use the term loosely) whether the judgement in Miller v Secretary of State for Brexit was a good or bad thing for democracy. Unfortunately for Brexiteers, their knight in shining armour was to this debate what Donald Trump is to women’s rights, as caller upon caller brilliantly rebuffed the former-MP who appeared lost in trying to understand our own legal system.
Time after time, Farage reminded viewers he was not there to be bogged down in what he described as a “legal muddle”, refusing to look at passages of the judgements before him. In doing so he ignored the fundamental issue he was discussing, the Supreme court decision came about to solve the constitutional pickle we were in regarding Article 50. Unsurprisingly the show was used as a platform for Farage’s half-hearted attempts at calling for anti-establishment revolution, the man’s sentiments on the matter are so dogged and repetitive he’s beginning to sound like a washed-up Lenin.
However, focusing on the rants and raves of a muppet like Nigel Farage misses the bigger picture. I believe the judgement handed down by the Supreme court upheld the fine sense of democracy we have in this country. The judiciary performed its role in providing a check upon democratic process and as such maintained the key concept of the separation of powers. The judgement clears up a constitutional issue and prevents the executive (Theresa May and her cabinet) acting without the legislature (Parliament) ensuring that the proper legislative process is followed. To me it beggars belief that people will go as far as to question the independence of the judiciary or accuse those in power of playing dirty when all this decision has done is adhere to our own law. Provided the cause is an honest and fair one why should we fear it going through Parliament?
I mean, the battle over Brexit has been fought pretty cleanly up till now, right?